As I write this, our family is living with my parents, fifteen minutes away from the house we own which is currently being demo'd. Our giant renovation is officially underway, so I decided it was high time to finally share photos of our home, the way it looked before we started swinging hammers! It will never again look like this (and I'm SO grateful for all the additions that are happening!) so I'm really glad I took the time to snap these photos so we'll always remember the sweet little place it was before the massive changes.
We bought our home in the fall of 2014, and we bought it *hoping* to someday do a large-scale renovation. The house is just two bedrooms + one bathroom, but it has a huge, walk-up attic that we hoped to someday turn into liveable space. My dad owns a construction company and has for my entire life, and he has a lot of experience building homes and doing major home projects like this, so we felt good buying the house, knowing he could lend his expertise when the time came. More on that in a future post!
Here is the floor plan of the house when we bought it. This is the layout we've been living with for 3.5 years.
We've done a lot of work to this little place. Painted every room, added fun things like the chalkboard wall in the living room and floating cabinets in the living and dining rooms. I absolutely love decorating and intentionally styling a space to make it feel like home. Over the last two years, I've spent a ton of time paring down our belongings, and revisiting our layout and decor again and again to really figure out if our home matched our values and lifestyle. I read the book The Life-Giving Home and HIGHLY recommend it. It was so helpful for me during this process!
When people visit, they most often used words like refreshing, natural, relaxing, airy, bright to describe our home, which makes me so proud because that was exactly my goal. I want any home we own to be a haven for all who enter, to be a place of rest and respite. I also want our home to match our values - namely, that people understand what we hold dear the minute they walk in the door. Our Catholic faith, travel, family, experiences, nature, play, adventure, to name a few.
I am so excited to have a blank canvas to work with in just a few months, but will always treasure the memories made in this little home over the last 3.5 years!
Without further ado - welcome to our home!
When you walk in the front door, you're basically right in our living room. You can see the front door in that first photo. I love the original archway, and really wanted to turn that tiny little entry into the gateway to our home!
Our master bedroom is to the right off the entry as you walk in the front door:
The kids room is also off the living room. They share, and it's the best ever!
Down the hallway is the bathroom and our dining room!
From the dining room, you walk into the kitchen. There's another original archway, which I love! We've done the most work to our kitchen - painting the walls and cabinets, along with lots of styling.
From the kitchen, you get to my office. This is also where the back door is, which is the door we're constantly using to come and go since it leads out to the garage. You can view more photos and words about my office on the feature School of Styling did a couple years back!
Off my office is the laundry room. We've packed a TON of storage into this tiny space!
And there you have it! Our sweet, 1,200 square foot, 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home. I'll be sharing the floor plan for the renovation soon and the style we're going towards for the updates! XO!