The Big Renovation… Before Pics

The house is empty and we are ready, ready, ready to get this renovation started. Anyone who has ever gone through a renovation will tell you to be patient, but then admit that patience goes out the door with the demoed kitchen.
So while we’re waiting I’ll share the before pictures. There are a lot so “be patient”.

This is the front. We’re getting new siding, new windows, new roof and a new covered front porch.
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And the back. The kitchen is moving to this room and a new great room will be built to the right. Above it all will be my new bedroom and bathroom complete with air jet tub. (That tub is important I tell ya!)
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The chalk in the grass? That’s my new extended deck.
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This is the front living room. I fell in love with this room when we looked at the house.
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Pay no attention to the dust line under the piano. Have you ever tried to move a piano to dust under it?
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Besides a new window, refinished floor and fresh paint, this room isn’t changing much. Although I’m not a fan of that gold fireplace surround so I may have to change that.
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Next room on the tour is the future playroom. Pre-renovation it was mine and Nate’s bedroom. Those built ins were serving as my dresser and we hope they will be staying to help organize the kids toys. They may see some altering to accommodate the HVAC and plumbing gaining access upstairs.
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This window is becoming a double French pocket door into the new great room.
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In the Summer of 2011, Nate and I renovated our upstairs bathroom, but this beauty looks to be original and it’s getting a full gut job. I know you will fall in love with the shade of blue and want it for your own home but I’m sorry to say that it was a $5 mistake paint at HomeDepot 10 years ago. You’ll have to find your own paint mistake to love for 10 years.
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I say ‘gut job’ but I’m saving that mirror.
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That window will not be there anymore, unless we want to leave it for a view into the new great room.
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Wow, I am a brave woman for posting pictures of that bathroom.

Let’s move on, shall we? Should I share the lovely kitchen or future craft room? You’ve already seen a glimpse into the craft room from the living room so why not head there.

Introducing my new craft room/home office. (The home office slash helps me justify having a whole ‘playroom’ to myself.) This doorway will be a french door.
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The detail molding will be going bye-bye and I have to decide on a fun new color.
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I purchased this old library desk from a library in Massachusetts that was undergoing a renovation of its own. I’d love to find an old wood office chair to go with it so keep an eye out for one, please.  And this window is getting double the size.
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Ahh… the beautiful kitchen of mine. Grrr… let’s just imagine more pretty stuff in my craft room before we move on, shall we?
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This wall is getting double pocket french doors (just like the playroom). We are also hoping to refinish all the hardwood floors and match the new floors to these.
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Here’s a peek into my mudroom. We’re getting a new external french door and the opening from the mudroom into the dining room is getting a bit bigger.
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Somebody give me a sledgehammer!
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This wall will be opening up into my new kitchen.
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Welcome to my new kitchen! This slider is being closed off in this room and a window will go above the sink.
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Imagine a wall of white, mission style cabinets. The 36″ pantry will be in the corner on the right.
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This will be opened up to the dining room. The opening to the current mud room will be closed off.
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Here’s another view… the window opening will become a walkway into the dining room and the mudroom will be closed off from the kitchen. That sounds funny… why would we want the mudroom cut off from the kitchen? But trust me, it makes the most sense for this space.
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More chalk lines. This time we were measuring out the island. We changed the design and went with a more rectangular island.  You are now looking into what will be my new great room. Sliding door out onto the deck. Soothing yellow color. Large TV on the far wall. Hardwood floor. Can’t wait to get the framing started so I can measure for my new couches!
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This is just the downstairs. I have more pre-renovation pictures of the upstairs that I will most next time.

Some work has started. Concrete has been poured outside, I have a new electrical panel and a shiny new oil tank. Stuff that you need, but it isn’t glamorous.

I’m ready for the fun stuff to begin!

4 thoughts on “The Big Renovation… Before Pics

  1. Tina Delano

    Where are you and the family living while this is going on? What an undertaking? Would it have been easier to build a new house? I can imagine how excited you are and how beautiful it will be when it’s all done and you are moved back in with some new furniture to go with it!!!! Congrats!

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    1. Kelly Jo Post author

      Thanks, Tina. Easier? Probably, but definitely more expensive. We really like Rocky Hill and a renovation was the only way we could afford what we wanted in Rocky Hill. Luckily, my wonderful in laws are close and are housing us. Hopefully this will go quicker than its started.

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  2. Rhonda

    Wholly major re-no! I can hardly wait to see the finish! Did you do the built-ins yourself? I like them and want something similar. Nice pics, Kelly Jo!

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  3. Lee Ann Doherty

    How exciting!! I think it’s awesome that you will have all of this done while the kids are young enough to really enjoy it! Good luck and yes…patience is a virtue…virtue is a grace…

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