Friday, December 14, 2007

Remodel Complete!!!

It has taken quite some time, a lot of effort and a great deal of support from family and friends, but we have nearly completed our home remodel. Because Mark had just graduated from UH with his MBA and I am no longer teaching High School, we decided that when we purchased a home, it would need to be a 'budget' friendly home. Thus, we set out searching for a home that would fit our family's needs, but because of the soaring home prices in Utah, we were left discouraged after a few weeks of searching. One Sunday afternoon, we were walking around the neighborhood and saw a 'for sale by owner' sign. After putting it off for a few days, we finally called the owner, toured the home and discussed its possibilities. I say, 'discussed its possibilities' because at that point, that is all the house had going for it. The has was in shambles. It has been a rental for nearly 20 years and at one point, it was actually a crack house...which we feel lucky that crack was the drug of choice and not meth! The yard was an overgrown weed disaster and the home an even greater challenge. In this home, there was not one room that needed complete remodeling from floor to ceiling.



The journey was relatively short, just under 6 weeks, but the work load was intense. There were quite a few times that Mark and I both felt like giving up, but then an angel, disguised as a friend or relative, would show up and give us the energy to work another 4 hours. Most days started between 8-9am and would finish about 3-4am. We are beat and tired, but I have to admit, my house looks freaking awesome!!! The bonus is, after all that we have done, we have a great looking home, and the total amount we spent was less than what we found homes listed for when we were searching for a home in the beginning.

Before: Front room


After: Front room, in this room we knocked out the wall between the front room and the entry closet because we got rid of the closet. We got rid of the built in wall unit and replaced the drywall. We added new windows, plantation shutters, new tall baseboards and crown moulding.

Before: Standing in the entry, view to the formal dining room. Through the dining room you can see the door to the kitchen and the back door through that door way. After: Standing in the entry looking at the new dining room. We knocked out the walls around the dining room and opened the entry so it flows better. You can see that we knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room and added new cabinets, countertops, windows, plantation shutters, new lighting fixtures, new hanging pendant light fixtures over the bar, new appliances, refinished wood floors, new travertine tile floor in the kitchen and new paint and baseboards. Before: Standing in the front room looking past the front door into the dining room. You can see the smaller entrys and the walls between each room. After: Standing in the front room looking towards the dining room. We have knocked out all the smaller openings and opened all the walls up. In this picture you can see the hall way on the left side of the picture that leads to the master bedroom and the new 1/2 bathroom. We changed the front door, changed the trim around all the doors and windows and changed the lighting fixtures. Before: The kitchenAfter: The new and improved kitchen. We updated the kitchen with new knotty alder cabinets, and dark granite counter tops. I added a bench under the far window to the right because it is near the back door and the kids can use it to take off their winter clothing. I added an island that has an antique destressed finish on the bottom and a solid wood surface on top that matches the knotty alder cabinets. I added lighting under the cabinets to light up the work surfaces and Mark and I laid the travertine floor. Before: Master Bedroom, looking at the master closet.

After: Master bedroom, looking at the new master closet and entry into the master bathroom. Mark added a walk-in closet and entry into a private master bathroom. We took out the old closet and added the entry into the master bath, and used the other 1/2 of the closet as part of the space for the new hallway 1/2 bathroom. The master bedroom has new crown moulding, new carpet, new paint, and new trim.

14 SPLURTS:

OHANA said...

It looks friekin awesome!! I want to see more pictures!! I've been watching HGTV and your house should definately be on the show!! Wowzers!! Show me more more more!! I want to see the master closet and bathroom, the boys room, the other areas!! all of it...NOW NOW NOW!!

Amy said...

Speaking of HGTV... :) I saw a show today where the ladies were so handy at redecorating using reative ideas and old things turning them into new things just with a little paint and fabirc. TOTALLY made me think of you. You could have a new career on that channel! lol

I cna't tell you how envious I am. Your home is beautiful. We've bid on a fixer and will have to wait many moons to find out the answer, but I just keep thinking how i wish you were here for ideas, because otherwise, our fixer will be pretty boring. :)

Congrats!!

(So when can we come see it in person? :P )

Slacker Mom said...

I love it! I love that bench by the back door. What a great idea.

Peggy said...

It does look freakin awesome! You guys sure know how to do a fantastic remodel job!

gurrbonzo said...

OH. MY. GOSH.

That is amazing. Can I hire you as my life assistant?

Amy said...

Ok - two posts, but earlier I skimmed it since I had kids at my ankles, but tonight I was able to sit down and REALLY read and look at it all. OH MY!!!!

When we get a place, I SO need you to come out. :P

Bobbi said...

WOW. WOW. WOW. I LOVE IT. It truly is amazing what you have done!!! I could have never...nope...you are amazing!!! Bravo, Erin! I love your NEW HOUSE!!!

Tammy said...

Erin--You and Mark are the freakin' awesome ones!! I said to Mark--"maybe it will be like childbirth--you will forget the pain after a while!" he said--"I almost hope I don't! I can't imagine ever doing this again!!" You two worked SO HARD!! I'm so glad you have a gorgeous house in time for Christmas!! I love the before & after pics--It really gives you the full effect! DEMO & REMODELING IS THE BEST!!!!

Marcie said...

Congrats, Summerills! We can't wait to see a tour in person! You guys have talent and dedication- those are crazy long workdays! We definitely need to get together while we're out there. I'll give you a call. :)

Nikki said...

WOWWEEE!! You and Mark and so talented. Danny and I absolutely do not have a clue about such things. If something goes amiss, we just call housing maintenance and they come fix it. What will we do when we own our own home? I will trade you ducky towels for your labor and expertise, okay?

Oh how I wish we could come see it right now. :(

Leslie said...

Sheesh! We've lived in our new home over a year and a half and it doesn't look decorated as cute as yours still! I can't believe how great it came out, especially since I saw some of the befores in person! I'm just waiting now to see pics of the very special guestroom made just for me.

Jason,Tiffany, & the Crew said...

AMAZING! Erin and Mark it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I too would like to sign up for the next Erin and Mark remodeling project...put me on your list! WELL DONE!!!! -Tiffany

Shari said...

Amazing! Do you guys hire out? I know you like to barder Erin, so maybe if we feed and house you on a trip to Washington I can get some design advice. We want to redo the master and kids bathroom in our new house eventually. Let me know if it is a deal?
Shari

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