Dorie’s 1916 bungalow in Mesa, Arizona, was kind of a mess after a series of remuddles that former owners had inflicted on it over the years. She set out to fix that, though, and boy, did she! I nearly fell off my chair when I saw the before and after photos and couldn’t wait to share them with you. Take a look at how it looks now…
One thing they did was restore the exterior to the way it looked originally by opening the wraparound porch back up (former owners enclosed part of it):
I have porch envy.
Here’s how the porch looked when part of it was closed in:
Former owners removed a staircase and a load-bearing wall (never a good idea!):
Here’s how it looks now, the way it should be:
Here’s the state the kitchen was in before, with an odd layout that had the oven in the middle of the room and a built-in wine rack across an entire wall (maybe all that wine they were drinking explains some of the remodeling choices former owners made?):
A sweet space to create in!
You can see more photos and details about her craft room here, and more before and after photos of her house on her blog, Tuesdays with Dorie. Many thanks to her for letting me share her beautiful bungalow with you today!