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Monday, October 12, 2009

Before and After - Home Sweet Home

Thought I'd share my own before and after. When we moved to Wilmington four years ago there were about 4 homes on the market. We looked. We liked, but something was missing. We rented. Six months later a friend suggested we look at the house next door to her. It was vacant. It was dated. It was perfect. Well, perfect for us. We like a project. We usually buy the ugliest house on the street, fix it up and sell it. Not this time. We are here to stay!



Home Sweet Home
Great floor plan, double lot, older, charming neighborhood...
Formerly owned by Carol and Mike Brady.



It just needed a little TLC.


Front - After
I love it, but we are getting ready to do some work on the entry. It looks a little plain and under-scaled. I know. I need to add some color with plantings...We used Tom Thumb Landscaping. That is why the plants are so small. I have big ideas, but little time.
It is a work in progress.


Oh look, from this angle you can see a little color.



Back - After
I actually like the back better than the front. More personality I think. And the awnings, they make me happy. Except during hurricane season. June 1 - November 30. I only have to worry 6 months a year....
And I am not crazy about how the driveway runs right into the back doors. Forget to take your foot off the gas and you'll end up in the den. We will fix it...someday, one day. In the meantime, easy on the gas.


My husband hates this picture because some of the grass is dead. What is it with men and their grass? Does extra green, thick grass make you more manly? Don't tell him I said so but I think he tortured it to death. Watering, fertilizing, aerating, mowing...who wouldn't curl up and die?

That's all for now. I hope to show you some updated pictures soon.
Hope you all had a great weekend!!



34 comments :

  1. Sissy,
    You and your husband are magic makers!! Wow, what an amazing before and after transformation. Your friend must be so pleased that you bought the house next to her.
    So, you are beautifying the world, one house at a time.
    Marybeth

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  2. Sissy, I never see your house from the front- almost didn't recognize it! It looks fab. I want to live next door to you. Next time you have to show all your wonderful interiors. Do you have before and afters of your upstairs?! Oh, and I laughed about the grass. It is definitely a Y chromosome thing. xxoo.

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  3. Ya'll have done a wonderful job - LOVE the color you've chosen, and yes, the awnings are VERY HAPPY!
    Keep us posted!

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  4. You guys have done an amazing job! I'm sure it was been a lot of work, but worth every bit of it! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I let out an audible "WHOA" as I scrolled down to the first "after" pic. What a huge transformation, I LOVE it! Especially like the colour you chose plus the shutters and the stripey awnings.

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  6. Wow! It looks amazing - you guys did a fantastic job!

    My husband is crazy about the yard too, it must be a guy thing.

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  7. You made such a great work! You should be proud of yourselves. Even the idea of undertaking such a large-scale project makes me tired. Well done! And thanks for your kind comment on my blog!

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  8. Wowsa! That is one amazing transformation! It's hard to believe it's the same home.

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  9. This is unbelievable! It looks like you ripped down the original, it's so different. Gorgeous results!

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  10. gorgeous!! i love love the awnings. great job!!

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  11. Gorgeous. Quite the transformation. Men and grass...I don't get it either. Suffering from the same problem over here.

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  12. Wow - What a great before/after! I love everything about it but I think the awnings are my favorite.

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  13. I am amazed. What a beautiful transition! I would love to get an older home and do the same thing to it. If only my husband would be on board with that idea. LOL. Great job on your home though!

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  14. oh my goodness! It doesn't even look like the same house. p.s. I got the curtain back. I'm sorry I didn't email you sooner, life has been, well, it's been life. Thanks for everything!

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  15. Wow, it doesn't even look like the same house. You've done an excelent job!

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  16. Wow, what an incredible transformation! You're home is lovely! I love the back better too. Those awnings are so charming! xx

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  17. Seriously??? It doesn't even look like the same house!!! Amazing! :D

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  18. I LOVE it, the whole house looks happy to me !

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  19. Thanks for making me chuckle on a Monday! Forget the grass...the house looks AMAZING! Makes me want to run right out and get some awnings for our house...

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  20. Holy cow- that does not even look like the same house!! The after is just amazing, it is a stunning house!

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  21. Again - WOW. Love the color!

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  22. It is beautiful! I love it. I would be there to stay as well.

    I nearly died when I saw those awnings!!! I'm in heaven. So pretty.

    Can't wait for more of tour!

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  23. Yes, WOW! Y'all have done a fantastic job! Hard to believe it is the same house. Similar transformations inside, I wonder? You have peaked my curiosity!

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  24. Wow, that is amazing!! Beautiful.

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  25. wow. that is awesome! do you mind to share your paint colors? we are going to be painting in the spring and i like the colors you chose. please email me. thanks
    ebethxo@yahoo.com

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  26. Wow, Sissy, your place is gorgeous! Nothing like the Carol Brady special you bought! I am really in love with grey and white together, and love those paint choices. I'd love to hear about all the renovations you did sometime, it looks like you really transformed the entire space.

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  27. I LOVE this! In this day of McMansions and bad architecture (in my humble opinion!) you took a great family house and turned it into a beautiful home on a gorgeous, huge lot! I think you all have done a beautiful job. It is so much fun to see where our favorite bloggers live. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Oh my god- you did an INCREDIBLE job. It's a shame that Cottage Living is no longer with us- your house would be an unbelievable "before and after"

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  29. BEAUTIFUL!! love the color you picked for exterior. so inspirational. i would love to one day do this!

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  30. Amazing transformation!! I love before/after shots... this one is definitely a shocker. Great work! Love your blog. xoRH

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  31. Wow! Absolutely love your awnings-so charming!

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  32. WOW- Awesome renovation! Looks so great. I didn't realize you are in Wilmington, we are in Charlotte.

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  33. home
    sweet
    home
    looks very nice!!
    pve

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