So, after doing some light renovating on our house in Atlanta we were up for a bigger challenge ( I guess). We looked at a few different neighborhoods in Dallas but quickly realized that (1) we wanted to stay in-town and (2) the area of Oak Cliff was where we wanted to focus.
When we walked into our now house, we knew it was a great house. The only problem was that it needed A LOT of renovating. And, I wasn’t so sure if I was up to it again. We now have two small children, two dogs and I knew that a lot of the renovation responsibilities would fall on my shoulders. I guess it was just too tempting to pass up the opportunity to really make a house, ours. So, we bought it and two weeks later the dumpster was delivered.
So, I’ll share a few before pictures to give you a sense as to where we started from. Here she is….
Isn’t crazy how the pictures make the house seem like it’s MILES from the road? Not so…
The house has a main level and then a lower level. The main level is where we do most of our “living”. The lower level has an extra bedroom and living area. Both of which we were in desperate need of in our last house. One item that will be done eventually is cleaning the stone and painting the trim and siding. I really want to get rid of the blue trim and go more greige -y.
We really were looking to open this space up from the way the dining and living looks in this picture. We wanted to created large openings between these rooms and the kitchen. You can’t see from this picture but there is a single door opening in between the dining room and kitchen.
Here is the kitchen as it was. It was separated into three areas: kitchen, eating area and laundry which is behind the white doors on the right.
Off the kitchen is a set of stairs that leads to our lower level. The banister would be nixed as our little ones could easily squeeze through the rails.
This is the Master, y’all. Next!
Bedroom #2. You can catch a glimpse from this one as to the state the wood flooring was in. Lots of damage but we were able to salvage most of them (thank GOD!). This would be the room that requires the least amount of work of the whole house!
Bedroom#3. As you can see from this picture, there was a second front door here. This was actually the first thing that our contractor took care of. Also, this room had a doorway to the dining room and no closet.
This is the 3rd living area off of the kitchen. We really don’t need 3 living areas…what really needed was a master closet, a master bath (that was the existing one off the den in the right corner of the picture) and new laundry room. So, we closed this space up to encompass all three!
Downstairs is the den, extra bedroom/bath and bar area. Mostly cosmetic, but changes are to happen down here! No more pink and turquoise via 1986 is priority numero uno.
I’d like to say that there was a room that we didn’t have to do much to. Unfortunately, that wasn’t so. So, I hope I took enough pictures along the way to show the transformation! We are loving it!