Before & After: An Old Bungalow Finds Its Bliss

by hookedonhouses on August 18, 2009


As you know, I love a good before and after. But I was even more excited to see this bungalow’s makeover because I’ve been following its transformation on the blog Bungalow Bliss.  This is what it looked like to begin with–a solid, triple-gable bungalow built in an historic neighborhood of Indianapolis back in 1919 (above). And here is what it looks like now, thanks to the hard work of its homeowner, Rachael:


Rachael did a lot of the work herself, which makes the makeover even more impressive. I really love the new landscaping, too:


This is definitely a porch I’d like to linger on–wouldn’t you?


For all the details on this bungalow’s transformation, visit Bungalow Bliss, where you can see more photos, including ones of the back of the house. Big thanks to Rachael for letting me share her home with you!

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Liz @ It's Great To Be Home August 18, 2009 at 8:40 am

Wow, I didn’t know about the Bungalow Bliss blog and now I can’t wait to check it out! What a beautiful job Rachael did with her home. And yay, thanks so much for joining my blog party! :)
.-= Liz @ It’s Great To Be Home´s last blog ..Blog Party: Inspiration Tuesday!! =-.

Dagny @ Beautiful Living August 18, 2009 at 8:47 am

WOW! How amazing is that?? Can’t even belive it’s the same house??
.-= Dagny @ Beautiful Living´s last blog ..I want it! =-.

Amy August 18, 2009 at 9:21 am

Oh wow! That is fantastic! And *very* impressive that she did most of the work herself. Great job Rachael!
.-= Amy´s last blog ..Saturday =-.

bungalowbliss August 18, 2009 at 9:24 am

Julia, thanks so much for featuring the bungalow’s exterior overhaul. It’s an honor to be considered ‘inspiring’ by you…you have been one of my favorites (and a fabulous blogging example for this newbie) since I first stumbled upon Hooked on Houses over a year ago.
.-= bungalowbliss´s last blog ..Bright Copper Kettles =-.

songbirdtiff August 18, 2009 at 9:35 am

This is a beautiful transformation! I bet they breathe a sigh of relief each time they drive up to their remarkable home. (Relief as in it’s over!)
.-= songbirdtiff´s last blog ..It’s Time for a Giveaway! =-.

kasey at thirftylittleblog August 18, 2009 at 9:51 am

This definitely falls in the inspiration category!
.-= kasey at thirftylittleblog´s last blog ..Buying the House… A big "no way!" from FHA =-.

Kristin August 18, 2009 at 9:52 am

Love the bunglaow. That looks amazing. I especially like the depth of the porch. It makes it really functional.

Pat August 18, 2009 at 10:42 am

Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous makeover, Julia. I’m going to visit Rachael’s blog, to see more. I love these wonderful old bungalow’s.

Erin August 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

This is such a great makeover! I love that green color, it’s so soothing and natural.
.-= Erin´s last blog ..Cozy Details =-.

Jocelyn Stott August 18, 2009 at 10:56 am

Wow – that looks great. I just want to curl up on that porch with some coffee and a book.
.-= Jocelyn Stott´s last blog ..Antique Appreciation =-.

christy August 18, 2009 at 11:37 am

It’s gorgeous – I totally love it. I’m heading over to that site now. That’s the kind of house I can see my family living in one day!
.-= christy´s last blog ..Dreamy home design =-.

Pamela August 18, 2009 at 11:57 am

Such simple changes, such a huge transformation!
.-= Pamela´s last blog .. =-.

Melissa Miller August 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

How fabulous! Love the porch! :)
.-= Melissa Miller´s last blog ..~*~*~Metamorposis Monday~*~*~ ~Garage Floor Paint Treatment~ =-.

Laura @ the shore house August 18, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I want to cry happy tears for this bungalow! She looks so happy now.
.-= Laura @ the shore house´s last blog ..One cool yard sale. =-.

Pam @ This Humble House August 18, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Wow…that’s an impressive makeover! I love bungalows!
.-= Pam @ This Humble House´s last blog ..Giveaway! =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now August 18, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Bliss, indeed! Love the “after.” She looks fresh and updated…the before shot was so tired and sad. Off to read more about it. :)
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Ah Ah Ah Ah, Stayin’ Alive (While Canning) =-.

Jennifer August 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm

It’s really weird seeing these houses in another part of the world as they area I live in, in Sydney, Australia is full of them. Most of them are what we call “liver” brick as the bricks are the same colour as a liver. Must have been something to do with the colour of the clay in the brickworks. Nice to see what other people do to them.
.-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Spring is in the air =-.

Maura August 19, 2009 at 3:41 am

cute! wish I could see inside! Those green pots on her doorsteps totally caught my eye and then I remembered why.. I have them hahaha fun!
.-= Maura´s last blog ..Too many posts and so little time =-.

Cindy August 19, 2009 at 5:13 am

What a fabulous transformation~ I love bungalows, they have so much charm. Cindy

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage August 19, 2009 at 7:33 am

Oh I would love to have a home like this. I must go see more. Thanks for sharing.
.-= Suzann @ The Olive Cottage´s last blog ..I’m an Explorer =-.

rue August 19, 2009 at 8:39 am

AMAZING. Thank you for posting this Julia :)

.-= rue´s last blog ..Did you think I forgot? =-.

Jen @ After The Alter August 19, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Wow! That looks amazing! Just like the HGTV show curb appeal! :) Great job! wonderful colors!
.-= Jen @ After The Alter´s last blog ..Wedding Gifts..How Much Is Appropriate? =-.

Candy @ SoBella Creations August 20, 2009 at 9:16 am

I love bungalows. The porch looks fantastic and I love the front door.
.-= Candy @ SoBella Creations´s last blog ..The Giveaway Post =-.

Things That Inspire August 23, 2009 at 7:46 pm

OK – great minds think alike! I went to ‘Between Naps on the Porch’ to post a Buckhead bungalow transformation, and could not believe that we are on the same wavelength this week! Love this little bungalow. There is definitely a trend towards small and beautiful these days, isn’t there?
.-= Things That Inspire´s last blog ..A Bungalow Transformation =-.

Marsha August 23, 2009 at 8:04 pm

LOVE IT! The front porch looks so inviting and the house is so warm and pretty now.
.-= Marsha´s last blog ..MAKE! =-.

Susan August 23, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Wow, Rachel really knew what she was doing…this is a beautiful transformation! I love the attention to detail…like the wonderful, large window box. Love the colors she chose, too. I think my very favorite part of all is that she removed the screening and took the porch back to it’s original look…awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Julia…loved it!
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Welcome to the 32nd Metamorphosis Monday! =-.

Terry Kearns August 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Three cheers to Rachael. I so like the beefy window box. And she even got rid of the snow.
.-= Terry Kearns´s last blog ..Make a screen into a wall hanging =-.

Mary's Tea Cottage August 24, 2009 at 12:00 am

Beautiful make-over of a darling bungalow..anyone would be happy lingering on the inviting porch…I’m going to hop on over to Bungalow Bliss right now!

.-= Mary’s Tea Cottage´s last blog ..Met Monday Hutch Makeover =-.

lynne@lynnesgiftsfromtheheart August 24, 2009 at 7:20 am

What a beautiful transformation. The front porch is definetly a drawing point for me. Thnaks for the heads up about the Bungalow blog… Happy MM.. hugs ~lynne~
.-= lynne@lynnesgiftsfromtheheart´s last blog ..~~A Better Cut on Metamorphosis Monday~~ =-.

Cheri Peoples August 24, 2009 at 8:19 am

It’s amazing what a little insight and love can do.
Its So Very Cheri
.-= Cheri Peoples´s last blog ..Exciting NEWS $100–Plus the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT party is ON =-.

Jane August 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Wow, what a transformation!


Michelle @ Sweet Something August 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Nice! I’ll check Rachael’s place out…

Karen August 25, 2009 at 7:38 am

It doesn’t even look like the same house. It now looks like something the architect meant it to look like. Great restoration. I am going to check out her site right now. Thank for leading us to this great blog.
.-= Karen´s last blog ..Dining Room – Lessons Learned =-.

Kelee Katillac August 25, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Neat!!! Love the restoration! Makes me smile~

.-= Kelee Katillac´s last blog ..$100 Hobby Lobby Giveaway: Creating Our Travel Dreams Into Reality… Make a Visual Reminder at Home =-.

Nathan August 31, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Kinda not fair though that the before picture was taken in the dreary winter. But even still, the paint, removal of the screens and landscaping made a HUGE improvement. Very nice.

bungalowbliss September 1, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Thanks to all for the compliments on the project. I appreciate all the feedback!

Nathan, I’ve been sure to include a “fair” springtime picture here:
.-= bungalowbliss´s last blog ..The Evolution of a Guest Room =-.

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage May 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

So Pretty! I wish I had a porch like that!
.-= Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage´s last blog .. =-.

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