When my wife and I first saw our future home on Cook Street in southeast Denver, we weren't terribly impressed. It's a 1955 ranch with an addition and a garage that has been converted into a larger living space. However, I started to visualize what we could do with this house and realized that although it would take a TON of work, this would be a fantastic house for us.
Wall to wall carpeting. No lighting anywhere. A kitchen straight out of 1978 (currently the kitchen remains in it's late seventies state. However, I have plans to gut this puppy and remodel it by end of July 2011) So before you ask why there are no pictures of a kitchen remodel...They were omitted on purpose! I'll reveal the before and afters of the kitchen by end of summer...I promise.
We took possession of the house on September 10, 2010. We had three weeks to lay new floors, complete new electrical, remove walls, add new doorways, build a custom closet, and add carpeting to the master bedroom.
Like all houses, ours is also a work in progress. To date, we have completed a remodel of the entire main level - except for the kitchen - which will be gutted this summer. There is still a lot of work to do...And we have done a lot since these pictures were taken **added a built in desk "command center" to the niche in the center of the house** and **currently remodeling front bedroom into a nursery** (Pics to come late summer)
We chose a 3/4" solid birch hardwood floor in 3" plank width. It is a prefinished product. We chose prefinished because it cuts down dramatically on time to install. Also, if we should ever want to refinish the floors, we can. Unlike engineered wood, our hardwood floors are solid, so we can sand them down and then refinish if we choose to.
I incorporated recessed lighting wherever I could. We plan to add recessed lights to the kitchen and *ahem* also plan on installing two skylights in the kitchen to take advantage of Denver's sunny skies.
These before and afters really don't do the project justice, but at least you can see what we were originally dealing with...