Our home renovation is finally complete! Here’s a look at our home renovation before and after, and how it all changed from start to finish! Finishes and paint sources at are the end of the post!
Whew! The renovation over.
This post is slightly delayed because I wanted us to get all settled and have some professional photos taken before I shared an official before and after post! Thanks to Cramer Photo for capturing our home on a sunny September morning. While I don’t know if any home is ever finished being decorated, we have the main pieces in place (minus a coffee table and more art on the walls!).
Overall, the whole renovation wasn’t too bad of a process. I took it one step at a time: pack up, move out, move into rental, focus on being happy in rental, don’t worry about the dust at the house, trust my contractor (haha!), problem solve, and plan for moving back in. I couldn’t imagine living here during the reno, so I’m very glad we decided to move out. All that said, I am VERY glad it’s over and don’t want to move again for a very long time!
If you’re new to this post, here is a renovation timeline for context:
Overall the renovation took a little less than six months, which was honestly a miracle because we thought it could easily take 7-8. Everything went fairly smoothly, including minimal rainstorms when we had no roof in March. We feel incredibly lucky because I’ve watched enough HGTV before and afters to know nothing ever goes exactly according to plan.
The biggest surprises we had came from the HVAC plans, and we did have to go over budget to accommodate those changes. I think we were over budget in just about every category, but as the home remodeling contractor, Thomas builds in padding for this, so we didn’t have a ton of unpredictable surprises. (Check out how to find a good contractor for remodeling.)
We made a few in-the-moment decisions to go over budget too like going for the metal roof, moving the shower, and re-doing the living room fireplace. There is definitely a lot of “if we’re doing all of this work, we might as well do everything now” that is very common in renos. You do not want to ever have to dust your house or re-paint anything again!
We are SOOOOOOO happy with the final product. It’s even better than I could have dreamed of. I thought our renovation would feel a bit more like an addition, but the whole house feels new. Fresh paint, new windows, and refinished floors meant nearly every inch of the house was touched. It even smells new! There is a tiny part of me that wishes we had done the basement too for ultimate cohesiveness, but that would have meant another level of budget and moving out, so I don’t have any major regrets there.
Here are the before and after photos!
Home Renovation Before And After
The biggest changes in the renovation were to the kitchen and primary bedroom. We took the wall down that the old kitchen cabinets were on and doubled (tripled?) the size of our kitchen. On our wish list was plenty of storage, a big island, a walk-in pantry, a coffee bar and sink, a drink fridge, and lots more little things. We are so happy with the new kitchen!!
A walk-in pantry has been on my wish list since I started cramming cereal boxes into upper cabinets in my college apartment : ) I designed the new pantry shelving with my father-in-law (who built it!) and organized it with the help of Thomas’s aunt who is a professional organizer in Richmond. The two windows provide sight into the driveway and were where the garage door used to be!
Our mudroom “area” before was a big trouble zone for a family of four. We had space for the things we needed, but the coats and shoes were always overflowing! The new mudroom has a locker for each of us with coat hooks, room for shoes below, and big upper cabinets. You can see how we went into the garage to get the depth for the space here. We considered making it a closed-off room, but for the sake of easy access, we made it more of a nook instead.
Living Room + Dining Room
The biggest changes to our main living space were the color scheme, adding a light fixture above the dining table, improving the picture window, new paint, and new floors! Plus a fireplace re-do and a new ceiling fan. We added doors to the lower shelves, a new mantel, and a Frame TV!
The kids’ rooms got cosmetic upgrades (and better HVAC!) with a new color scheme of white paint, new windows, and refinished floors. We also replaced their mismatched, sagging curtains with blinds that match the rest of the house, plus new black fans.
While I did love our blue Dash + Albert runner we DIYed on the previous stairs, the new runner is so light and airy. We also added some dimmable spotlights on the stairs and are great for illuminating them!
The second most dramatic part of our home renovation was in our primary bedroom! While the kickstart of the reno was on the kitchen, we knew we wanted to add a dormer up here for some windows off the back of the house. And then we ended up gutting the whole thing! The dormer is huge and spans the entire back of the house, including the primary bathroom. The difference in the before and afters is mind-blowing to me! We did all new paint, carpet, closets, a new roof, and turned the roof deck we never used over the garage into a storage room. We also re-oriented our bed on the new wall that we built to enclose the fireplace with the goal of better utilizing the space.
Our previous closets were tucked into two corners with the deck door between them. They were small but mighty. But the new ones are a major upgrade!! Side by side and outfitted with EasyClosets systems.
The new primary bathroom is DREAMY! It is light and airy, bigger, and has the most beautiful white oak vanity spanning the whole back! We are obsessed. We moved the shower over a bit, added a new alcove for shampoos, and put in heated floors.
The exterior makeover involved a new roof, new paint, new windows, and a new front door color. We love to sit in the rocking chairs and watch the boys play in the front yard.
(more after pics to come!)
All White Paint (Walls, Trim, Kitchen)
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
Benjamin Moore Castle Walls
Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue
Sherwin Williams Fawn Brindle
Andersen E-series casements
Red oak stained in Bona Natural Water-based finish
Kitchen + Living Finishes
Primary Bath Finishes
Tile + Countertops
Cloe 2.5″ x 8″
Shower Wall Tile
2.5 X 8 La Riviera White Gloss
Grout Color Selected Frosty
2 x 2 Baltimore Gris
Grout Color Selected Stormy Grey
Bianco Carrara – Herringbone Mosaic 5/8 x 1-1/4
Grout Color Selected Frosty
12 x 24 Baltimore Gris
Bath Floor – Grout Color Selected Stormy Grey