Welcome to our first home! I recently realized that I never created a good before and after post of our first flip. We have so many wonderful memories in this home, most prominent is being pregnant for the first time and bringing home Thomas from the hospital and celebrating so many of his firsts at this house.
We could see the potential of this sweet home behind the overgrown ivy. I loved the front porch and picket fence around the yard.
First, we pulled off all of the ivy. It is terrible for brick if it is not managed properly and was a place for little critters to hang out, yuck. We also did a complete landscape overhaul and painted the weather picket fence a clean white. Our grass was not looking so hot in these photos since it was the end of a hot summer and we decided to move on a whim.
The front porch at our first flip house. We painted the door, created a sitting area and fresh flowers were added to give this porch loads of charm.
Living Room Before
This living room was drab and boring. We wanted to warm it up and make it feel like a cozy cottage.
Living Room After
We painted the walls a warm yellow (Clam Chowder to be exact), added a ceiling fan and painted the fireplace white.
We honestly didn’t do anything to the kitchen except clean it up and declutter the counters for resale.
Master Bedroom Before
The master bedroom had odd, wavy walls that needed to be replaced.
Master Bedroom After
We replaced the wavy walls with drywall and painted the room a cool blue.
The nursery was dark and also had odd walls with wood trim holding it in place.
We replaced the walls with drywall and painted them a sandy cream color.
The basement was dingy and uninviting when we first bought the house but we were grateful for the extra living space.
We replaced the carpeting, painted every square inch of the space and created designated areas so that each room worked for us. In the picture below you can see the little family room we created and the personal office for Chris to use.
Basement Bedroom Before
Like the rest of the basement, this bedroom was dingy and uninviting.
Basement Bedroom After
New carpet and paint really can do wonders! This was a great little guest room for us while we lived in the home.
Back Porch Before
This back porch needed a lot of work. There was major drainage issues when it rained and the low roofline made it really dark.
Back Porch After
This was the biggest reno we did at this house. We essentially added an outdoor living room to the house. Our new back porch was an extended living space for the family. A new overhang was added with tons of head space and a ceiling fan made this back porch super spacious. The new cedar deck and flagstone patio made for the perfect entertaining space.
Back Patio Before
The side yard of our first flip house was useless. We needed to clear away the brush to create a usable space.
Back Patio After
We tore out the weeds and created a beautiful flagstone patio for outdoor eating. Chris created the rose garden for me on my first Mothers Day. We also built a picket fence separating the side yard from the backyard to keep the dogs in a confined area.
You couldn’t even see the garage when we first moved into the house! While I do love greenery, the already old garage was getting destroyed by the ivy creeping into every crevice.
There is nothing special about this garage, but it is clean and maintained without the ivy and was a TON of work to get it to this point.
Thank you for taking a tour of our first home, it’s so fun to walk down memory lane!