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Before & After

For the uninitiated, I’ve spent the last decade (since I was a wee little thing with hardly any power tools) buying houses and making big messes in them. Some times I turn those messes into something awesome, sometimes I spend 5 years without actually putting trim around the bathroom door… Eh, what can I say? I’m not perfect.

This page will give you a brief tour of the houses, a lot of the things I’ve started, and a few of the things I finished.

The Liberty House

This 150 year old farm house, stole my heart the first time I saw it, which is why I ended up buying it through an online auction 5 hours later while sitting in a bar without ever having walked through it. Yeah. That happened.

I’m currently working my way through a long list of projects. None of the rooms are “done” but there has certainly been some progress. (You can see a full video tour of the “before” here.)

Front Porch- Before

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Front Porch- After

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At some point I’ll have to replace this whole thing, but for now a coat of paint brightened things up, as did this little patio table, and the summer of 2013 will be for fully furnishing this space and drinking lots of lemonade (okay, who are we kidding, beer) from a porch swing.

Back- Before

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Back- In Progress 

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Pink Parlor – Before

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No-Longer-Pink Parlor – In Progress

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I haven’t actually furnished this room with “real” furniture yet, but the floors, walls, and fireplace are finished, which is definitely progress.

Entry- Before

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Entry – In Progress

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This is the last room of wood flooring that I need to tackle with a sander. I’m not looking forward to it, but that won’t stop me. Still, the paint has made a pretty big difference.

Office/Workshop – Before

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Office/Workshop – In Progress

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There’s still a lot of “finishing” to do in this room, but it has a workbench, a very long desk, and no more wallpaper (or oak trim) so that’s something.

Upstairs Bath – Before

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Upstairs Bath – In Progress

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Next up on the list is tackling this beast. And then… the kitchen.

Memorial House

The Memorial House was my first big build “from the ground up” essentially. I mean, there was a house there to begin with, but in the end we basically build a new house all the way around it. The change was pretty remarkable, but I built this baby with my ex-boyfriend (don’t worry, we’re still drinking buddies) and since things didn’t work out, I never got to “finish” the place. Still, the progress pictures are something to see…

Front:
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South Side:
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Full Bath
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Yes, it is the same room. You can see more about the bathroom here.

Living Room
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That picture was taken from almost the exact same angle. It’s amazing what knocking out some walls and ceilings will do. Still on the list for this room is a wood ceiling, painted walls, cultured stone around the fireplace and something besides subfloor to walk on.

Kitchen

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Approximately 8 feet were added on to the kitchen (you can see where the original subfloor ends and the addition begins.) One day there may actually be counters and appliances in here.

Master Bedroom
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It’s not really a before and after so much as a “built from scratch”, and of course it’s still in progress, but all of the basics like flooring and finished walls are there, which is more than can be said for the rest of the house.

Prior to the partially-finished-but-livable state of the house as it is now, I spent a year living in this finished room in the old gas station (aka “garage”) on the Memorial property.

Station Interior:
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That is lawn furniture you see, and no trim around the doors. Such is the life of a DIYer. You can see the entire 400 square I spent a year living in here.

The Station will eventually be a man-cave, so the bathroom transformation had to be masculine.

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(Shudder.)

After
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Waaaay less terrifying now. See the entire transformation here, with links to how-to’s on the tile and drywall.

Garrison Road Before & After

Garrison Road is a different story entirely, in that the projects actually got finished over there. Eventually.

Living Room

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Kitchen

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Breakfast Nook

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Basement Bath

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Backyard

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