I promised to post these photos months ago and then life got very busy! But here they are, the before & after visuals of my home renovation transforming my two family to a single family house. We have been living with the results now for a few months – happily entertaining family and friends – and I must say I LOVE the results.
I adore my bigger shower and double vanity in the master bathroom…so much more functional than what I had before. I love my gorgeous new kitchen with the center island. I love my back splash splurge over the stove and the decorative light fixtures that reflect the period of the house while still being updated. I love the Kitchen Aid appliances we selected (with the help of a tie-breaking spreadsheet analysis of all the features & costs of the various options at Yale. We considered Dacor, Bertazzoni and Thermador). Kitchen Aid offered a big rebate and therefore worked perfectly with my budget. Their appliances gave me ALL the features I wanted, particularly in the all important gas range. (It has a temperature probe, a second oven in the lower drawer, a timer, fifth burner and easy to clean burners). I love the storage bonus of my walk-in pantry from what used to be the bedroom closet. And I love the unique built-in microwave and cookbook storage piece we carved out of an old stairwell. My new laundry room/butler’s pantry (the previous apartment’s kitchen) is convenient for everyday laundry duties and wonderful for occasional entertaining. (Last night we had a family birthday party and used the extra 18″ wide dishwasher in here for the overflow cake plates & wine glasses that didn’t fit in the kitchen dishwasher).
I know that these changes, while not inexpensive, added not only beauty and functionality to the house, but also lots of value should I sell the house in the next several years. I am so enthusiastic about the results that I think everyone should do a renovation if they are considering it. Just do it! Do not fear the process because the results are SO worth it. A home renovation will make your life better in a multitude of ways.