Notice: This submit was born from an up to date Earlier than & After web page that we heard individuals have been having bother discovering (because it wasn’t on the prime of our weblog feed). So right here it’s, endlessly immortalized as a chronological submit. And now, since we’ll proceed to replace our Earlier than & After web page over time, we now have this submit frozen in time, which is sweet to look again on. Want we had accomplished it round 6 months in and on the yr mark too.
We downsized to this 1,400 sq. foot home in Northwest Florida on Might of 2020 after a quick, livid, and long-distance three-month renovation. You may learn extra about how we discovered ourselves craving a pared-down life-style for our household right here and right here (that final one is a extremely good synopsis of what led us to this precise spot). However onward to the earlier than & after footage!
NOTE: We created this Store Our Home web page that can assist you seek out any furnishings/equipment that you just see in our home, together with our paint colours.
We stored all the similar cedar siding, black steel home windows, exterior doorways, and steel roofing…
… however up to date the decking, railings, entrance steps, and gave every little thing a contemporary coat of white paint! You may see this submit for extra images & particulars on the outside renovation.
Then we began layering in all of the tropical landscaping and it advanced to this. We have to take extra images and do an up to date weblog submit quickly.
Right here’s the aspect of the home because it regarded after we purchased it again in Feb of 2020:
And right here it’s all painted, with new horizontal railings on that second-floor deck. Eradicating the steeply pitched steps to the higher deck immediately made us really feel safer (somebody outdoors having the ability to entry our second-floor home windows & doorways simply felt off). And even small adjustments like eradicating the guard rails that minimize via these huge steps that you just see (whereas sustaining the railings on the skin ends) made an enormous distinction too!
There’s extra that we did to this space (fences, ferns, and a firepit – oh my!) however let’s pop inside for a second and head again outdoors once more in a while within the tour.
The kitchen concerned some giant renovations and a few small tasks to get it to its present state. That is what we have been beginning with:
We repaired the flooring, eliminated the soffit, added extra lighting, and changed the drywall (goodbye popcorn ceiling!). You may learn extra about these tasks in this submit and this submit.
We steadily up to date the room in just a few inexpensive methods, like hanging new lighting & DIY cabinets and portray the cupboards (you may also see a full tour of how our kitchen is organized). Then we scored an superior deal on secondhand home equipment & tweaked the room’s format and later added an Ikea pantry that we in-built across the fridge, which we moved to the alternative wall (weblog submit about that coming quickly!).
By shifting the fridge to the opposite aspect of the room, you possibly can truly see that aspect window now! It was virtually totally blocked from this vantage level by the fridge (scroll again up just a few images to see what I imply). Plus we gained a complete pantry stuffed with storage round our newly relocated fridge. Win-win!
So as to take pleasure in a comfortable little sitting space on this aspect of the room, we closed off that huge doorway that you just see under. You may nonetheless enter that room through the door subsequent to the loveseat within the subsequent photograph (it’s our bed room – in order that extra-wide doorway wasn’t mandatory). You may learn extra concerning the sitting space right here & we’re planning an up to date submit all concerning the kitchen now that we added the pantry, so keep tuned.
This room is deceptively giant, so together with having room for an eat-in kitchen desk, we love that we gained this informal bonus hangout spot (since our huge household room with the TV is upstairs, we have a tendency to assemble in right here when somebody’s cooking or when mates drop in for a espresso or a drink). It’s additionally nice to have when somebody desires to hang around or learn with out listening to the TV upstairs). Having two frequent areas in the home that aren’t open to one another (that means that the sound doesn’t journey between them very a lot and one child can do homework whereas the opposite watches cartoons or does an enormous half mission) is vital to feeling like we’re dwelling giant in a smaller footprint. If we had one bigger adjoined area as our solely shared space in the home, we’d really feel much more cramped & on prime of one another, I feel!
The steps that result in our upstairs household room and second-floor deck had cool vertical planking and bought a lot of pure mild because of a window above them within the household room. However the wooden treads had some end points after we had them redone, and it didn’t match our wooden flooring downstairs (extra on that right here).
We ended up including a very nice textured runner (and portray the treads to unravel the end difficulty), which provides our canine Burger some much-needed traction. It’s an indoor/outside rug, so it’s tremendous sturdy (extra on that right here). Don’t thoughts this older shot of the kitchen earlier than we added the pantry – we’ll take an up to date photograph ultimately…
The Household Room
The one room upstairs is this massive multi-purpose room that we use as a TV/film room, residence workplace, and youngsters’ crafting space (because of the pandemic it was a virtual-learning spot too). It’s by far the biggest room in our home (two Eight x 10 rugs can slot in right here with out touching!) so it’s superior to all get to take pleasure in it – and for it to carry out so many features for our household. Right here’s the way it regarded after we purchased the home. Notice that scummy mildew alongside the highest of the ceiling…
And right here it’s extra lately after some easy flooring refinishing and a contemporary coat of paint (these huge home windows and funky paneling have been already there!). You may see extra of this room on this submit – and see just a few updates we later added on this submit. We’ve additionally made another adjustments up there, so we’ll should take extra images and a video for an up to date submit.
Right here’s the opposite half of the room because it regarded after we purchased the home. It was pouring rain after we took this image, therefore it being so darkish (and people foggy home windows):
Right here it’s extra lately from the identical angle. That is such a very good demonstration of how including furnishings might help a lot with capturing a room’s scale! Doesn’t the room look half as huge within the earlier than shot above? And it seems to solely have a sliver of area between the home windows on the right-hand wall when there’s actually over 70″ for a large bookshelf with 4 spacious drawers. It’s wild!
The Higher Deck
Proper outdoors the lounge is a big upstairs deck that all of us use as an extension of our dwelling space. It was massively improved by changing the rotting deck, railings, and rickety pergola.
That is what the deck seems like now, because of the magic of recent decking, railings, nixing that chimney that popped up in the course of the place our huge 8-person desk now lives, and an entire lot of white paint. We’ve additionally added some extra seating, a eating space, and a few string lights to make this one among our favourite hangout spots! You may learn all about the small print of this area proper right here.
One other enjoyable earlier than & after shot of this upstairs deck is that this one. I can’t let you know how a lot better it’s with out that massive chimney jutting via the deck (after we purchased the home it was majorly leaking down into the bed room under).
And right here’s the after shot from that vantage level now. That is one among our favourite areas in the entire home – for sharing pizza with mates or having a household sport evening up within the timber. It’s actually cozy and makes our home really feel a lot larger because of this big outside room.
Our Bed room
Right here is our bed room because it regarded after we purchased the home. This home solely had one bed room with an precise door that you may shut after we purchased it (it was initially listed as a one bed room, one lavatory!), so we transformed this stunning light-filled area into our bed room by closing a big additional doorway that led to the kitchen.
We refinished the flooring, gave it some contemporary paint, after which it simply took some comfy issues like curtains, furnishings, and a comfortable rug to make this really feel like a welcoming retreat.
Right here’s a earlier than and after view of the mattress wall, because it’s laborious to see within the photograph above…
We added much more storage to the room and rearranged issues and closed off 2 of the Eight exterior doorways (sure we actually had that many doorways in right here, which is why the 2 on the mattress wall within the earlier than image above are actually gone – however the room remains to be flooded with mild). We additionally added a closet (storage, superb storage!) which you’ll examine right here. That replace actually was a game-changer!
Now we have eventual plans to create an hooked up lavatory in an current underutilized nook of the room (you possibly can learn extra about that plan right here). Sharing a toilet hasn’t been practically as dangerous as we anticipated – so we’re not in any rush.
Right here’s one other earlier than shot of our bed room again after we purchased the home:
Right here’s the identical angle now. It truly is a life hack to have a puzzle desk by the fireside if there’s randomly room in your bed room. It retains the kitchen desk clear for meals – and offers a enjoyable spot to take a seat and decompress at any time when the temper strikes (John might be discovered right here much more than I ever anticipated. He has turn out to be a real puzzle lover).
Talking of the fireside, we up to date ours and shared these particulars in this submit and this submit. It’s such a comfortable characteristic to have in a bed room.
*And now for a long-winded bedroom-related aspect observe, as a result of the commonest query we get about our home is that if we ever thought-about making the big upstairs household room into our bed room. The quick reply is that we did, however ended up nixing it for quite a lot of causes:
- 1) all of us want to sleep on the identical flooring
- 2) that room upstairs is sort of twice as huge (it’s the only greatest room in our home!), and we’d a lot fairly share it than take all of it for ourselves
- 3) entertaining a bunch of individuals on the large upstairs deck would imply everybody must stroll via our bed room to entry it
- 4) there’s no plumbing upstairs, so including an ensuite lavatory could be a lot pricier than the one we now have deliberate for downstairs
- 5) we already talked about this, but it surely bears repeating for anybody who’s seeking to downsize & worries they’ll really feel too cramped. We’ve discovered that it’s SO HELPFUL in a smaller residence if there are two frequent areas that aren’t proper subsequent to one another (somebody can watch a film upstairs or do a zoom name for work whereas another person is downstairs on the kitchen desk working undisturbed or studying within the sitting space). We’ve additionally discovered that when our mates & their children drop in, the youngsters all run upstairs to play & we sit downstairs within the sitting space and chat & have drinks or a snack.
You could find extra format ideas for a small home (& different common downsizing information) proper right here on this submit. Okay, however on with the tour!
Our home solely has one lavatory – and it didn’t even perform after we purchased it! The sink and vainness had been torn out, there have been leaks festering within the partitions behind the drywall and the tile, and the bathroom couldn’t even be flushed as a result of absence of a sewer line. Right here’s what it regarded like again then:
Earlier than we moved in, we had principally every little thing changed (aside from the window!) to make this area useful. I gotta say, as a lot as we just like the enjoyable flooring tile, and the cheerful equipment, a rest room that flushes actually is the most effective a part of any lavatory. You may see extra of the room on this submit.
The Laundry Closet
We transformed a (weirdly double-sided) closet proper off the entrance door right into a laundry closet, which truly reminds us a number of the laundry nook that we had in our very first home.
Along with the brand new home equipment, we constructed some good deep cabinets and added a lot of hooks to make it additional hardworking.
Our Daughter’s Bed room
A few of our favourite transformations on this home are our youngsters’ bedrooms, since we have been capable of vault the ceilings in each rooms – making these areas really feel a lot larger and brighter than they used to really feel.
Yup, this is identical room, from the identical angle. Loopy the distinction that ceiling change made, proper? It wasn’t structural (the roof already had that slope, so we basically eliminated a drop drywall ceiling, added insulation, and simply adopted the slope of the roof with the planked ceiling). You may click on right here to see extra images (and get a DIY channel headboard tutorial). Now we have since modified up the aspect tables and added a desk so we’ll should share up to date images quickly.
You can too see this room particularly had a really colourful previous…
… which we embraced by hand-painting a big mural on the newly vaulted wall throughout from our daughter’s mattress.
Our Son’s Room
We have been additionally capable of vault the ceilings in our son’s room to observe the slope of the roof, in addition to including extra planking and beams to the ceiling, which provides character and a few good dimension. Right here’s the earlier than:
And right here’s what it seems like nowadays:
This tremendous cozy room is one among our youngsters’ favourite spots to hang around collectively (ever since the seashore home bunk room they’ve cherished quiet time collectively in a small area). We constructed within the mattress by making a easy DIY wraparound headboard, which they hang around on form of like a daybed.
Right here’s one other earlier than shot that was taken with the digital camera swung extra in the direction of the appropriate wall of the room:
And right here’s the identical angle of the room because it seems now:
Each inch issues in smaller areas like this, so the built-in bookshelf we made is absolutely useful too. That foot or so of flooring area alongside that wall works a lot more durable for us now! You can too see that we added some horizontal planking alongside that aspect wall and painted it a bunch of enjoyable colours. You may see how we did that total mission proper right here. Now we have additionally since added customized cabinets to the closet and in-built a desk – so once more, we now have to shoot new images and share an up to date submit quickly (new consuming sport ever time I say that on this submit…).
The Out of doors Bathe
We weren’t fairly certain what to make of this area after we purchased the home as a result of it felt fairly grody with a lot grime happening…
… however after some strain washing, resealing the cedar with teak oil, and including lights, crops, and new bathe fixtures, it has truly become one among our favourite areas. The entire household prefers this bathe to our indoor one! You may see extra of it on this submit and we simply stored including extra crops from there (so that you’ll see that it’s much more lush on this up to date photograph under):
Whereas we’re speaking concerning the outside bathe, the world that results in it’s form of like a coated aspect porch, and that is what it began out wanting like.
It has come a LONG WAY, because of eradicating the mildewed screening round it, changing the rotten flooring, rebuilding the railing with a contemporary horizontal design (just like the one we added up on the second flooring deck) and an entire lot of paint. And for anybody questioning what our secret is to avoiding mosquitoes with out screens – it’s that ceiling fan we added! They hate flying into shifting air, so after we’re on the market we flip it on and so they don’t hassle us. You may learn extra about our aspect porch replace and how we constructed the hanging daybed.
We even have a coated porch on the opposite aspect of the home, which regarded like this after we purchased the home:
Now seems like this, because of a lot of paint and a dangling swing that each children like to lounge on (okay, us too). You may learn extra about this area right here.
We additionally added a fence to create extra of a personal courtyard and made a comfortable little firepit zone from a previously unused space that felt uncovered to the road. That is the earlier than:
And right here’s what it seems like now that there’s a fence to outline that space and make a pleasant little personal courtyard:
Right here’s one other angle from earlier than we painted the home, redid the railings, and added the fence to create this new outside area of ours.
It used to only be an space the place we by no means spent any time, and now it will get a lot use. We are able to entry this via a gate within the fence close to our entrance porch, or from the wall of glass doorways in our bed room, so it’s very nice to hang around at evening and make s’mores with the youngsters – or sit outdoors with a chilly beverage after they’re tucked into mattress.
And in one among our longest-running updates thus far (it took a couple of yr from after we utilized for the allow to completion!), we additionally added a pool to this previously weed-riddled a part of our yard. Right here’s the most effective earlier than image I can discover, which was taken proper after we added that fence on the appropriate, however earlier than we painted something:
And right here’s what it seems like now that we painted all of the fences to match and added a pool with a retaining wall and three fountains that sound higher than any white noise machine we’ve ever had (it’s so soothing!). We additionally added a pool deck with some spots to lounge and planted a lot of leafy landscaping that’ll fill in a bunch over the following few years. Oh and including some extra huge crops to that enormous mattress behind the retaining wall is subsequent on the checklist:
In order that’s our progress to date on this home, a couple of yr and some months into dwelling right here. We are able to’t wait to take some up to date images and share the opposite ways in which this home evolves for our household over time. Within the meantime, you possibly can take a look at these associated pages for much more information, particulars, mission tutorials, and many others: