Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Before & After"

James & I recently purchased our most recent investment property.  The exciting thing about this house is that it will be our next home.  However, since it's just the three of us, we aren't ready for a such a big home at the moment.  So, we will rent it out for a year or two before we move in.  For those of you that don't know, I follow real estate in the area closely and look for homes in the 77380 & 77381 zip codes only.  We look for homes that are not too far back in The Woodlands that it takes you 20 minutes to get to I-45.  What attracted me to this home was the price per square foot & overall potential of the home.  The previous owners had started updating the home, so the only thing the home needed was paint!  We lucked out and got a good deal on the home because it had been on the market for over a year & it was vacant!  That's what happens when someone tries to update a home themselves & has no clue what they're doing! We have quite a long list of things we want to do to the home besides paint, but will have to do them over time.  The next thing we would like to do is get rid of the "doo doo" color paint on the outside of the house.  The only thing we didn't like about this home are the 8 ft ceilings in the living room!  We decided we will have our dream home some day when we build on our farm!    

Here are the After pics:
Front of house (I didn't get a before pic!  The flower beds were so overgrown you could not see the front of the house!) 
Living Room looking into dining room & kitchen!  (We would like to put wood floors down instead of tile in the living room!)
Kitchen (It's got granite countertops with  a stone backsplash!)
Gameroom upstairs
Looking up stairwell!
Front Door (Yes, those windows have got to go!)
Dining Room!
Another view of living room!  (We want to take the wet bar out & do a built-in entertainment center!)
Another view of living room!  (I'm thinking I should stain the mantel darker! Don't tell James!)

Here are the before pics:
Kitchen had the walnut looking stain that screamed late 70's & 80's!
Kitchen again
Front door- looks so dingy! 
Dining room- Seriously why would you put down blond wood floor & not paint the woodworks!
Living Room- feels like the walls are caving in on you!
Another view of living room!
Sorry, another kitchen pic!
Gameroom upstairs
Stairwell again!


Emily said...

Y'all did such a great job! The after pictures are stunning. What a beautiful house. I'm sure you guys will love living there when you eventually move in!!

Preecemom said...

I love it! You guys are doing an awesome job!

Lacey said...

You have done such a great job!! I love it!!

Mike and Jess Richey said...

What a transformation! Looks great!