|Front entrance - Before|
|Same vantage point - During|
|First Floor - Before|
We also removed the old, unused flue - as well as the wall between the kitchen and living room. Can you believe these photos were taken from the same spot? Look at the steps on the right side, as a reference point. As you'll notice, we added a lot of structural beams, as we removed walls and strengthened the ceiling.
|First Floor - During|
And the biggest difference? Adding the dining room across the back of the house. See how much bigger the first floor is now? It's a bright room, with 5 windows and a sliding glass door to the back yard. And it's completely open to the kitchen, which is great for entertaining.
|Dining Room, looking towards kitchen and living room|
Off to the left of the kitchen will be a large mudroom and a powder room. This space provides a connection to the attached garage. What an easy way to bring groceries into the house in bad weather (do I sound battle scared from all our snow??)
|Stairway to upstairs - Before|
The second floor saw even more changes.
|Bathroom and Front Bedroom - Before|
This was the view from the top of the stairs to the front of the house. The bathroom was on the left and the bedroom on the right.
With the new plan, we opted to remove the bathroom and leave the stairwell wide open. That let us make the bedroom larger, with increased ceiling height and a big, dramatic double window. Finally, we updated the dormer, to bring additional light into the room.
|See the original barn board and studs? Plus lots of new framing!|
|Second Floor - Before|
This area, in the rear of the original house, is now home to a bathroom, laundry room and the middle bedroom.
I love this middle bedroom. The big, double window lets in the morning light. We have raised the ceiling and will have a big light fixture in the middle of the room (do you like my cardboard one that's hanging up?).
|Middle Bedroom - High Ceilings and Large Double Window|
|Back Bedroom - do you like my cardboard light fixture mockup?|
And the master suite? Well that's in the new section, over the garage. There are no 'before' photos here - this is all new space.
|Master Bath - will have a large shower & double vanity|
Obviously, we still have a long way to go. But I hope the sneak peek gave you an idea of what's to come!!