Our House | Before + After

Three years ago, almost to the day, we made a bid for a century-old house on a corner in the Museum District.  Standing in the front yard, waiting for our turn to go inside the property facing foreclosure, I knew it was meant to be our home.  It took four months to close on what was called a “short sale.”  We took another six months to finalize architectural plans, sell our former home, and gather the finances to begin renovation and restoration.  John and his team spent about a year getting the inside to the point that we could leave the apartment we rented and officially live in the house we had affectionately named “Honor’s Corner.”  We spent an additional year completing the exterior of the home and other projects outside.

This summer has brought a real slow down around here.  We finally just live here.  The construction mess is gone and for the most part the house has settled into the block.  We still get an occasional knock on the siding as passersby, heading to Carytown, try to determine our siding material but for the most part we are just another house on the block.

We have tried to gather photos that best represent the transformation of our home.  Because we opened up the interior, it is impossible to get “Before & After” photos that line up perfectly but you can get the general idea.  Many thanks to Mallory for helping me get this culminating post together and thanks to you for following our journey.  It’s really been meaningful to share this transition with family and friends.

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The wall between the front and center rooms was removed so the living room now opens directly into the kitchen.

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We removed the fireplace and added French doors opening to the side porch.
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We relocated the stairwell to the center of the house to make room for a foyer, shoe bench, powder room, and coat closet.stairs2

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The kitchen and a full bath were at the rear of the house.DSC_0481

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We added a row of windows in the kitchen, reconfigured the bath, and made a 1st floor master suite.DSC_0145

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The former mud room retained its purpose but we added a laundry area with cabinetry. The hole leads to the cat box!DSC_0535

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The attic was opened up in the center of the house to highlight the interesting roof angles and flood the space with natural light.
A loft was added to provide space for additional family members and visitors to sleep.  It houses a full size bed!

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my room

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Photographs used throughout this blog post are courtesy of Mallory, Alferio Productions, and Adam Goldsmith Architectural Photography
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10 comments

  1. Margaret Anne: Absolutely amazing. You, Mallory, and the rest of your family have done a fantastic job in the remodeling. And, I know, how frustrating much of it has been, but now, well worth it all. Some of the “before” pictures did not come through. When I have time I will slowly go through the pictorial again and let you know which numbers did not come through. I think of John so often and keep him periodically in my prayers. How is he doing?

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