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Monday, January 11, 2010

The Family Room: Five Year Evolution

Inspired by the awesomeness over at Orion Victorian, I'm going to show you all the most recent update to the house. This project actually happened over five weeks in October and early November of last year, just in time for Felix's birthday.

This is what it looked liked when we first looked at it. It was far more turquoise in real life. ::shudder::

Here it is, poorly lit, with all the furniture heaped in the middle, after I repainted, which was the first thing *I* tackled in the house. By this time, Mark had already gutted the adjacent dining room, and rebuilt the floor joists.

This is what it looked like for most of the interim. Mark put in new laminate flooring, and we covered the icky brown vinyl windows with reed shades. We occasionally "stage" the room with "friends." It makes our claims of a social life seem plausible.

Flash forward four and a half years, and it's empty again, stripped of window trim, and awaiting its fate.

Exterior shot. Look, Ma, no insulation under the siding!

And the walls come down...

One new wall up, one old wall down.

Windows in, trimmed, and drywalled.

Present day, renovated and checked off the list!

I'm thinking about doing a five year retrospective in April when we celebrate the anniversary of the closing. What do you think?



Blogger Alta Marie said...

I can't even imagine how happy you all must be to sit in there.... we only have one room so far that we can sit in, and all I can do is think about what else needs to happen.

Love it. Love the long curtains, and all the light!

1/11/10, 12:53 PM  
Blogger CDG said...

I'm a light fiend. We've added more windows to this house than you can shake a stick at!

I love Drake's thermostat post, btw!

1/11/10, 2:46 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow! It looks beautiful! Congrats.

1/11/10, 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a beautiful room. ;) I would love to see a retrospective of what you've done to the falling down house! samm

1/12/10, 2:41 PM  

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