The Home Renovation – Before and After Pics

A home renovation isn’t something to be entered into lightly.  That’s why it took a lot of thinking and planning and question asking before we entered into ours.  And even then, we weren’t prepared for everything.  But I can’t imagine having not done it!  Every minute was worth it.  Even the ones spent in a tiny little apartment with noisy upstairs neighbors.  Now we have a house that is uniquely ours, with amazing neighbors and a short walk to school.  I’d like to share with you some before and after pictures.  I think you’ll understand why we did it and why we love it.

If you didn’t follow along, I posted a series on Renovation Realities.  There were 6 installments and then a kitchen reveal.  You can start with the first installment here.  But right now I’ll show you, in a few photos, what our renovation looked like.  This is by no means all of the changes that took place.  Our master suite was the biggest transformation of all but I am just getting it finished up.  It’s not ready to be photographed!

Let’s start from the beginning…… My husband and I decided we wanted a house that was closer to our children’s school.  I was spending 30 minutes each way to drop them off and pick them up, plus another 30 minutes waiting in carpool line after school.  That was a total of 10.5 hours in the car just for school alone!  I could get so much more done if I had that time back!  So we began looking at a neighborhood right next to school.  We knew several people who lived there and thought it would be a good idea.  When we started looking there was only 1 house on the market….. and it was the ugliest house in the neighborhood.

All of that stone on the front is rusted.  The layout inside was awkward.  The landscaping was overgrown.  There had been an addition or two and it didn’t flow.  It had been on and off the market and rented out for 4 years.  But, we knew that if we could purchase it and renovate it, it could be spectacular!  And so, we made the outside look like this……

It’s still not totally finished.  We are waiting until spring to add the landscaping.  And our shutters just arrived.

When you entered into the house, there was a wonderful great room but it got no natural light due to two huge trees in the back yard.  As much as it pained me, we cut down those trees.  (We will replant some, don’t worry!)  Now the room is bright and airy and full of light!


The kitchen underwent a HUGE transformation which included taking down a load bearing wall.  That was no joke!  Thank goodness for architects, structural engineers and licensed contractors!  This house begged for an open floor plan so we really had no choice but to give it one.



There are so many other spaces to show you!  All of the bathrooms were gutted.  The powder room is still a work in progress.  Our master suite is not ready to be photographed, but I can show you my son’s and daughter’s bathrooms.  I really love how they turned out.

Both of the upstairs bathrooms were generic white tile circa 1990.  They were boring and bland and old.  Here are the before shots….

My son’s bath….


My daughter’s bath….


I think my son now has the coolest bathroom in the house!  We eliminated the bath tub and found the most amazing marble counter top.  I just love it!  My son picked out his own tile (with my guidance and approval) and he chose to go with grey tones.  I think he has great taste!


My daughter wanted crisp white in her bathroom.  And of course, I wanted just a touch of Carrera marble and some penny rounds!

There are so many more things to show you that just need a few finishing touches!  I can’t wait to share them with you.  I also plan to break down each room and let you know how I chose finishes and where you can get them too.  One thing at a time though.  Pretty soon I’ll share the master suite, the laundry room and the game room!




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  • Oh my goodness! What an incredible transformation on the exterior!! Love the updates and can’t wait to see / read more!

    • I can’t wait to show you more, Hatton! There’s still plenty to share and I promise to do so once I get the finishing touches on a few places.

  • Wow! That’s a ton of work, but it’s looking amazing! I love the bathrooms, and I seriously had to double back to believe that the exterior was the same house!

    • Thank you so much, Norma! It’s fun for me to look back at the “before” pictures. Especially the exterior. I agree that it was the biggest change!

  • Your house looks fabulous! May you have many wonderful years there!

    • Thank you so much! We love it so I know the years will truly be wonderful!

  • Brenna you did an amazing job with your renovation. That is a lot of decisions to make and I love all the changes you made! Opening that wall into the kitchen made a huge difference. Beautiful!

    • Thank you, Lisa! It was a lot of decisions but I don’t regret a single one. It was a blast to do!

  • Wow! The transformation is amazing! It’s so nice and open now! Can’t wait to see more!

    • Thanks so much! I just posted my master bathroom today!

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