We clean our house for events: parties, family coming over, the night before the cleaning lady comes, and most recently for a house appraisal.
Since our house was nice and clean, I wanted to take a few pics and compare to "before" (pictures taken from the house listing website). I know I've done this before, but seems like our house is in constant flux and I wanted to capture what it looked like September 2011.
OUTSIDE BEFORE: We thought it looked pretty nice when we first moved in, and it did! See the two bush things on the left? The tall one we just called the "bush tree" b/c we had no idea what it was. Well, it blocked the view to the driveway from the inside of the house, there's a window that you can't even see from this picture. Also note: old windows.
OUTSIDE AFTER: new windows, cleaned up the landscaping, added a front yard tree. You can't see it in the pictures but to the right we also planted a redbud. And to the left of the driveway is a type of japanese maple. It had been planted 1 foot away from the garage and was having growth issues.
FORMAL LIVING DINING BEFORE: Nice condition, just decorated for a granny and gramps.
FORMAL LIVING DINING AFTER: Added ceiling fan/light, replaced chandelier, and most importantly- added wood floors this past Memorial Day. I can't express how much larger the room seems now that it's wood flooring.
DEN BEFORE: It's.All.Wood. Seriously- wood floor, wood wall panel, wood bookshelves, wood blinds, wow.
GUEST BATH BEFORE: ugly.
GUEST BATH AFTER: Took fluorescent light off and replaced fixture, elbow greased the wallpaper off and painted a neutral. We still have lots of plans for this bathroom, so I can't wait to someday show you the FINAL after picture.
There are some days that I definitely wish we had a new house that didn't require so much work. But most days I really appreciate our home and love the fact that we've put so many personal touches into this home.