Before & After: Remodeling an Old Brick House in Kentucky

by hookedonhouses on April 24, 2012

When a reader named Andrea wrote me about the old brick house she and her husband bought and renovated in Northern Kentucky, the before and after photos blew me away. It’s beautiful now, but here’s how the exterior looked before they fixed it up:

A little bare, right? So much better now with all the finishing touches–like landscaping and columns!

On her blog Oak Ridge Revival, Andrea talks about their adventures in remodeling. The kitchen was pretty small and outdated when they moved in:

They knocked down the wall between it and the old dining room and gave it a total overhaul. Here’s how it looks now:

It’s night and day, really, from the old to the new.

Now it’s open to the dining room (below). The old kitchen was in the space where the table and chairs are now–they swapped the rooms in the reno.

An old sun porch became a huge mudroom off the kitchen, too, that I’m more than a little jealous of!

The house had an addition built onto the back by the former owners, which Andrea says “resembled a Country and Western bar. There were actually guns and cowboy hats hanging on the wall!”

Now the room is light, bright, and family friendly:

The baths for the kids had a long way to go, too. Here’s how they looked before and after:

Andrea says, “Our architect, Ashli Slawter, of A. Slawter Architecture, suggested these simple changes. When I first laid eyes on the bathrooms, I thought for sure they would needed to be completely remodeled. Thanks to her suggestions, we were able to give the bathrooms a big update with a little money.”

How sweet is this pink and green bath now?

The bedroom makeovers are beautiful, too. Here’s how one of them looked before:

And now, looking fresh and current:

Head over to her blog Oak Ridge Revival to take the rest of the house tour, get the details about the remodel, and see all of the jaw-dropping before and afters. Many thanks to Andrea for sharing her home with us!

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Luciane at April 24, 2012 at 7:21 am

I don’t even know how many times I said “wow” looking at this post!!! This is amazing, Julia! I’m in love with this house… every detail of it!

Wonderful job!


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Susanna Tanner April 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

Amazing! I love seeing the transformation.

Brandon @ Southgate April 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

They did an awesome job! Love that they were able to see the house’s potential. That kitchen is to die for! And I do believe their big sectional is the same one we have in our great room (just in a different fabric)

Jane April 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

Thanks Julia for a wonderful post — this is a beautiful renovation Andrea and I’m so happy I got to take a peek!

ange April 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

I love Andrea and her blog. They have done an amazing job transforming their home!

Sarah @ housecrazy April 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

WOWZERS! what an incedible transformation for that lucky old house! That kitchen is now HUGE! Good reconfiguring of space!

Pat Trent April 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

How amazing! It looks so beautiful, I don’t think I could find any fault if I tried! I wish them joy and health as they enjoy all the love they’ve put in to this beautiful home!

Diane Seely April 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

Simply Beautiful! I love, love, love the chair 1/2 in the bedroom, the color is divine, must have for my home..Any info on the purchase?

hookedonhouses April 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

Check her blog for all the details!

grapevine93 April 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

Great vision and carry through! So fresh and updated!!!

Dean April 24, 2012 at 8:55 am

Great reno!

Katherine @ Grass Stains April 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

So beautiful! I so wish I had the vision that she has!

laney April 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

…i think it is wonderful…

Molly @thewaffler April 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

I think my favorite transformation is actually that blue bathroom — so happy!

hookedonhouses April 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

It really is!

Amy Schmidt April 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

Love it. Inspiring! We are buying a new house and these pictures have made me realize that with some vision, anything is possible!

Elizabeth April 24, 2012 at 10:16 am

Wow. I love everything about this home. It’s so nice to see an average sized traditional home get such a lovely and tasteful update.

Josanne April 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

Beautiful! I like the whole thing! And did everyone notice the bedroom now has a light blue ceiling? Pretty, pretty!
Houses like this inspire me so much!

Rebecca C. April 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

I love all the colors in this house. What a transformation! That kitchen is to die for. Now it’s giving me ideas on what to do in my house.

Carrie April 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

I could move in!! Love it!!

Erin April 24, 2012 at 11:42 am

Wow! What a gorgeous home and a fantastic reno! I did love the vintage stainless counters, but who wouldn’t love spending every waking hour in the new kitchen that is so thoughtfully designed? I could happily move in tomorrow! BTW, I think that bedroom picture is the perfect example of hanging curtains “high & wide”. It looked almost as if they had replaced the windows with larger models, but it is just the effect of properly hung panels! Great job on the reno, and the decor is fun too! It looks like a comfortable, well-loved home!

Jessica April 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Wow! This is beautiful, what a great job!

Andrea April 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Wow, thanks so much for featuring our home! It was truly a labor of love. I sincerely appreciate all the kind comments. I am forever making changes to our home so I hope you will stop by often.

Josanne April 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

So often there is at least one area or room that doesn’t strike everyone’s fancy, but in the comments, I didn’t notice anyone finding ANYTHING they didn’t like! Wow! It’s beautiful! Congratulations on your beautiful home!

shabbychick April 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I love how they did this in a very approachable style that anyone can do! It is so adorable!!

sharon April 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

beautifully done

Kim April 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

What a beautiful remodel. Everything that was done to this house added so much character to it. I would love to live in a house like this.

Wayne April 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm

When I saw the before bathroom picture I thought all it really needed was a new vanity. Hope they’re enjoying all the money they didn’t spend on a full gut.

2inz4me April 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Amazing and inspiring! It was “mediocre/fine” before and now it’s a dream house! I love every single detail!

Jenny April 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Is that the same house?! How awesome!

Kelly at Talk of the House April 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm

The transformation is amazing, and the fact that the architect could offer do-able and not super high cost changes for the bathroom is wonderful. I really like what they did with the blue bathroom AND the western themed room. Such a difference!

carmel April 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm

YAY – love Andrea and her blog! Her home is amazing!

Cheryl Stoy April 25, 2012 at 1:54 am

No clutter, open, colorful and stylish…beautiful!

Jane April 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

And love that it is unpretentious and totally welcoming.

Julie April 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

Love, love, love this home!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy... April 25, 2012 at 7:59 am

Wow. So lovely. So nice to see a fellow Kentuckian featured too.

theSavvySeeker April 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

Wow! This has got to be one of my favorite before and after stories yet…what a great job they did. I didn’t read all the details…wonder how long it took them to complete their projects! Great job though…looks amazing. Love the bathrooms!

Jane April 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm

An updated home looks so family friendly and appealing, fresh and sparkling again. A real charmer!

Nathan April 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I love this house! A little more than I’d want on my own, but love it nonetheless.

Debbie W April 26, 2012 at 7:52 am

You have an absolutely beautiful home!! Well done, you should be so proud!!

Shelley S April 28, 2012 at 11:11 am

WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!

Menahil December 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

The kitchen is amazing, I would do anything to have a kitchen like that! Love the changes they’ve made. Maybe I would have kept the brick wall in the additional room at the back, but that’s just me, I have a thing for brick walls!

Villa Cabinetry July 22, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I am in love with the designs on this house. One of favorites has got to the marble dining room table. It looks stunning.

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