Before and After

For the past 18 months my family has been renovating a house built and decorated in 1989. We sought out this home for almost a year, as it seemed to be the project we were looking for. The sellers eventually accepted our offer and we closed in December 2014. The very first week we owned the house we removed the etched glass doors. Not only were they not our style, they closed off the office and dining room from the rest of the house. We lived with the etched window for several months before breaking it and removing it piece by piece. 

After the holidays were over, we got right to work. The floors were Pergo, ceramic tile, and carpet. We quickly ripped up the Pergo and not so quickly chipped out the tile. Eventually we had wood floors installed throughout most of the house.


The large mirror above the fireplace was removed by sliding a wire behind the glass and slicing through the adhesive. Luckily it didn’t break. We ordered tongue and groove wood from a lumber yard, painted it and installed it in a “ship-lap” design. The dated ceiling fan was replaced with a large, 72″ model from Lightstyle and the living room was finished.

Great Room

Oh, that 3/4 wall. That wall had to come down. An open floor plan was the goal, with a large island between the kitchen and living room. Jim Knowles from Kitchen Crafters helped us design the new footprint of the kitchen. The sink had to be moved, which involved cutting through the slab. Electricity was also run through the floor allowing the island to have power for the dishwasher, garbage disposal, and two electrical outlets. The pendant and track lights were replaced with six canned lights for a cleaner look.

Kitchen View

Originally, the dining room and kitchen were connected via a pocket door. The door took precious wall space we needed for our new floor plan. The door was removed and replaced with drywall before the cabinets, granite, and appliances were installed. A brick patterned tile backsplash keeps the kitchen looking fresh and clean.


…And the goal of an open great room was accomplished.


The kitchen featured a cute little bay window area for the kitchen table. After a little face-lift including new valances and lighting, it is now warm and inviting.

Eat in Kitchen Area

Carpet. Dirty carpet. We couldn’t get rid of the carpet in the master bedroom fast enough. Although I initially fought for cozy carpet to be installed in the bedroom, I’m happy with the wood floor and area rug instead. Fresh “greige” paint, new window treatments and a new fan (not pictured) completed the look.

Master Bedroom

The master bathroom was one of the last rooms to be renovated. Cleaning the spots off shower glass is not a favorite task, so we designed a walk in shower without a door or glass. Guillermo Santos, an artist at installing tile, produced exactly what we were looking for. The huge jetted tub was replaced with a sleek soaking tub and the sinks, countertop, and vanity cabinets were replaced with more modern styles.

Master Bathroom



What was likely a formal living room was turned into a home office by day and movie room by night. Dark gray paint, wood floors, additional shelving and four canned lights were all it took.


A barn door made of reclaimed wood was installed to a sturdy track and the room can be closed off from the rest of the house.

Barn door 4

In addition, three bedrooms and two full baths were renovated. All interior doors and hardware were replaced. Dark wood floors with a slightly distressed finish were installed from one side of the house to the other. Rectangular tile was laid in the bathrooms and laundry room in a brick pattern. All of the interior lights and fans were replaced, and 5 1/4″ base trim took the place of the original thin base and door trim.


Rehabbing a house isn’t for everyone, but if it is something that interests you I would be glad to share my experience. The first step is searching for right home with enough room to improve, but not overshoot market value. I can disclose our purchase price, budget, and potential profit in a private consultation. Call 407-221-1772 for more information.

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