Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Chapter Closed: The Kellogg Project - Before and After

Those of you who know us well know that we bought an investment home in Kellogg, Idaho; spent 7 or 8 months completely remodeling it, and then put it on the market. Well, sell it we FINALLY did, and it just closed a few days ago.

(This type of stuff we have been doing all of our married lives - buying homes and fixing them up to sell - long long before the term 'flipping' houses was ever invented!)

But not on this magnitude. All our other home re-do projects were just mainly cosmetic fix-ups.

This home, built in 1910, was redone top to bottom, except for the studs [and wow - they don't stud them like THAT anymore. . . ] and the siding, which had been replaced in this decade and was in very good shape, except for the trim boards around the windows and doors, which we re-boarded or repainted. Top to bottom, baby.)

To celebrate, I am going to share with you all the gory Before (and During) pictures,

and let you oooh and ahhh over the After's

Just walk down memory lane with us for a minute. . .

Exterior, before we tore out part of the yard to widened the driveway (it really needed it - there is no street parking) and removed the old roof on the carport

After, all cleaned up and ready to go! New roof to the carport is also a redwood deck

This is the kitchen, after we tore out all the old cabinets and fixtures. It's actually prettier this way than before. . .lots of layers of old wallpaper. . .

After
The Living Room, in the midst of a mess. . . and yes, that is the original red brick, painted black. In this case; not attractive
After, with all the original built-in shelves cleaned up and painted, a new mantle,wood stove, and completely resurfaced surround and hearth. (No the carpet isn't peach or pink. Just weird lighting)

View of stairway off Living Room - The ceiling was sagging, so we installed long runners to boost that baby up!
Looking into Dining Room and Sun Room. . .
After. . . I would have loved to have dinner in there -

Sun Room, during construction. We replaced all the windows. They were beautiful, but not at all energy efficient

Now a cheery, happy place. The new owners are going to use it for a homeschooling roomOh, I almost forgot the entryway! It was so dark and ugly and easy to forget. . .

Now, Unforgettable!
Nasty little half bath became. . .

A large and comfortable main bath with laundry area (on the wall opposite the doorway) Upstairs bath, after we tore out the smelly old vanity, and the concrete shower, and borrowed space from a hallway closet that was not needed after we discovered a hidden walk-in closet. Old houses have cool surprises!
Thought this old house could use a vintage touch. . . very comfy claw-foot tub, but I only got to sit in it without the water Double vanity - we had a lot of fun picking out the perfect mirrors that go so great with the glass tile inlay - click on the pic for details. . . When we were cleaning out the rest of our tools and supplies out of the basement before the new owners took possession, I have to confess that I felt a little bit envious of the new owners getting to live there. It truly was a blessing to be able to restore this old home to it's former beauty.

15 comments:

R Max said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love before and after pics.

I noticed the house had wood flooring. Was it not worthy of restoration?

Also, can you come and do my kitchen?

Melissa said...

It looks absolutely beautiful and the work you did was superb! I would have had a hard time leaving it!

Mrs. Organic said...

It's beautiful! You have a good eye for details and turned that house into a HOME. So lovely.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful home! I would love to live there. You guys did an amazing job.

Pancake said...

What a beautiful job you did on that house! I would buy it!!!

Grace said...

I want that house! It looks great! You did a great job fixing it up.

The Carey's said...

That home is stunning now!! I can't believe you made it look so good!

Kayla said...

I'm so proud of you, mom and dad. I know how much of yourselves you invested into that project. You did a beautiful job.

Michelle said...

Wow that's alot of work! Too bad you didn't move into it yourself! :)

Mina said...

Wow, what a beautiful redo! You must be so proud. Congrats on selling--especially in this market.

Kate said...

That looks just great. How fun to fix up an old house like that. Lots of hard work

Erin said...

That is seriously amazing. I am so impressed with the work you did on this house!

Candy Javier said...

I know everyone else already said it all, but I WANT THIS HOUSE! Thank you for taking the time to post the before and after photos, I so enjoyed them. You guys were so thorough! Amazing...

Lara said...

Holy cow! This is beautiful! I want to live there.

Helms Family said...

Hey the house looks awsome!! It looks like you put a lot of work into it! Great job! Jenny