One Year Ago Today: Before & After Photos

One year ago today, John installed high hats in the new (addition) master bedroom wing. In this photo he’s installing one in the hallway.

The high hat to the right is at the entrance to the walk-in closet and master bath.

  1. imageHere’s the hallway today after electrical, HVAC (heating & cooling duct work) insulation, drywall and spackling–it’s now ready to be painted.
  2. imageWe covered the HVAC feed on the floor with a green furnace filter to prevent debris from falling down the duct. We did this throughout the house. I think it’s the most inexpensive way to temporarily cover ducts while doing renovation work. Just cut them to size.
  3. imageEach high hat (can) is about $20 each at Home Depot. John installed about 70 throughout the house for a total of $1400.00.
  4. imageInstalling a high hat to the left of the French doors in the master bedroom.
  5. imageHow it looks today! There’s the high hat on the left that John was installing in the previous photo.

I’m thinking about painting the master bedroom a light shade of blue. But first the kitchen needs to be painted.

 

The Work Boots I’m Wearing At The Moment

My latest work boots are Timberland’s Kenniston 6″ hiking boots.

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For the last month, I’ve been wearing these comfortable and lightweight hiking boots while working in the house.

What I like best about this particular hiking boot is the sneaker-like sole. This design feature sets them apart from other hiking boots.

For those of you who wear walking or running shoes for trail walks, you might want to check out these versatile hikers.

The boots have leather uppers with D-rings and top hooks. OrthoLite Footbed, padded tongue, padded collar as well as a Sensor Flex comfort system make these my all-around boots to wear working and trail walking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kenniston Boots were provided by Timberland for review purposes.

 

 

Kitchen: Before & After Photos-Getting Ready to Paint!

Now that the exterior is almost completely sealed up, we’re getting ready to paint the first room in the house–the kitchen!

It’s raining today so it was a good day for John to do touch-up spackling and sanding before he primes the walls.

BEFORE (October 29, 2015)

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AFTER: (Today)

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In most of the kitchen photos, the casement window above the sink area is usually covered. Today, John took the tarp down.

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Last year, Tyvek covered the kitchen window opening.

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The ceiling and walls will be painted white. I mentioned in the past that I plan on having white shaker-style cabinets. Down the road, I want to add rustic wood ceiling beams.

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After the kitchen is painted, the floor will be installed. We’ll be choosing wide plank wood flooring from Floor and Décor. A new store opened recently which is conveniently located about 3 miles away.

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The Maytag appliances will be on the right wall. The dishwasher will be to the left of the kitchen sink.

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The range will be toward the middle of the wall and the refrigerator will be toward the right corner.

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Looking toward the kitchen from the dining area in October ’15.

Below, standing in the kitchen (today) looking toward the dining area.

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Lastly, interior French doors will be installed separating the kitchen from the dining area and living room.

Part 2: A Flipped House-Before & After Photos

About a week ago, I wrote about a house located across the road from Brick House 319.

The house was built in 1925. It sold for a mere $260,300 in December 2015. During the summer, the house was renovated. It was initially listed on October 21, 2016 for $729,000.

Seventeen days later, the price was reduced to $699,000. And today, the price was reduced by $24,000 to $675,000.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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New roof, new windows, shutters added, new gutters, year round porch on left was torn down and replaced with addition with vinyl siding. A basic cement stoop replaced the old and a new front walkway was added as well.

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The Garage – Before:

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AFTER:

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Side Entrance – BEFORE:

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Back of House – BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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BEFORE – Behind House

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AFTER – Deck Added

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Deck entrance to new addition…

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BEFORE – The original enclosed year round porch

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AFTER – The new addition taken from front–deck in back…

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What do you think?