Wrapping up two years...

We officially got the keys to our new-old home two years ago today, which means that we have endured two full years of renovation. :)  We have definitely been quite busy bringing our original 1955 ranch-style home up-to-date!

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In the second year, the more notable renovation projects we tackled included the main bathroom renovation, creating an indoor laundry space, kicking off the front exterior makeover, and starting our family room remodel.  We also installed shutters and bathroom doors!  You can read about our journey to this home here, and click on the links below for the major projects we tackled during the first year.

stripes pattern bedroom makeover renovation shutters shared boys bedroom

The first year was also filled with several structural and general improvements.  The ceilings were scraped and smoothed, recessed lighting was installed, a new furnace went in, all new ductwork was installed, some structural reinforcement was done, and new energy-efficient windows were put in.  Whew!

As we head into our third year of transforming this home, it would be natural to complain about having to constantly live through renovations...

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But whenever the renovation "inconveniences" start to take its toll, I try to re-focus and just appreciate the fact that we are blessed with a great home in a fantastic neighborhood... a home where our boys can grow up and enjoy life in a "rural" setting, but within a big city... a home that fits our young family now, but is also "right sized" for when the boys grow up or when we become empty-nesters... a home that we are able to put our personal stamp on over time.

Thanks for sticking with me through this renovation journey!

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  1. You improved so many things in just 2 years.
    The bathroom is stunning and I loved what you did with the pavers outside. Those led lights on the steps were such a an upscale and practical solution.

    1. Thank you! We have a lot of renovation projects we're tackling this summer, and I hope to wrap up the front exterior makeover (especially the landscaping) too.

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    1. Thank you, Denise! Our home is filled with home improvement projects. I'm glad to share our renovation journey on here. :)


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