Before The Storm…

So I realized I never posted the full scope of what we had to work with in our renovation. Here is the series of snapshots I took the very first time we walked into our new apartment. I’m also including a photo of some rooms once we got them cleaned out. If you get lost, the floorplan is in an old post here. Click any photo for full size.

Welcome to our first place! It’s still full of the previous occupants’ hoarded belongings and needs a lot of work, but it’s in a full service building (with a laundry room! No more carrying 50 lbs of laundry a quarter mile every month!) and it’s in a nice neighborhood. When we walked in, we were stunned by its condition, but once we did the math and realized what good square footage it had, we were sold.


[living room. worn down parquet floors, major spackling/sanding and window replacement needed.]


[kitchen. appliances, cabinets, and laminate countertops from 1953. water damaged and roach infested. to us, this is the most important room, and there wasn’t much room to cook in the 7×7′ space]


[foyer- coat closet on left, kitchen straight ahead. became our kitchen extension by knocking down the right side and top of the wall.]


[dressing room. heavy wood sliding doors (on the left wall) were impossible to open, replaced by mirrored bifolds.]


[bedroom. worn down parquet floors, major window replacement needed.]


[bathroom. major water damage on all walls and ceiling. rusty tub, outdated/broken fixtures. you can see the extent of the water damage in the bottom picture. thankfully it was all from a previous incident and dry when we got there.]


[all outlets were two-prong and painted over a hundred times.]


[windows. once we got all the old belongings cleared out, we realized there was condensation between the panes of glass. the building also required that we replace the window unit air conditioner with a through-the-wall unit (replacing the heater below).]

So there you have it. Obviously the renovation was a necessity. We closed on it in early December, got all our approvals in late February, and finished the bulk of it mid-May. We still have to carpet the bedroom, finish grouting and wallpapering the bathroom, and install the backsplash in the kitchen. Not to mention about a million other smaller jobs. Next post is “finished” photos, I promise!

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3 thoughts on “Before The Storm…

  1. I cannot wait for the “after” pics! We renovated an old farm house, so I know all the hard work (and money) that is involved when updating, renovating and decorating an old home or apartment. You should make a coffee table book showing all your effort. I regret we did not take any “before” pics to show others….. as they have no idea how involved a project it was.

    • We didn’t take any “before” pictures during our last renovation so I knew when we started this one I wanted a ton of them. I wish I took certain different angles, as it’s hard to compare before and after without a direct comparison, but there was no way of knowing which views would be best once it was over.

      By the way, one of my ultimate dreams is to renovate a farm house! I bet it’s beautiful!!

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