A reader named Andrea wrote me about the old brick house she and her husband bought and renovated in Northern Kentucky, and I’m sharing her before and after photos with you today.
It’s beautiful now, as you can see above, but here’s how the exterior looked before they fixed it up (below):
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 The kitchen was pretty small and outdated when they moved in: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:
Now it’s open to the dining room (below).
The old kitchen was in the space where the table and chairs are now.
An old sun porch became a huge mudroom off the kitchen:
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:
Visit her blog Oak Ridge Revival to take the rest of the house tour.
Thanks to Andrea for sharing her home with us!
Luciane at Homebunch.com says
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!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
Susanna Tanner says
Amazing! I love seeing the transformation.
Brandon @ Southgate says
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)
Thanks Julia for a wonderful post — this is a beautiful renovation Andrea and I’m so happy I got to take a peek!
I love Andrea and her blog. They have done an amazing job transforming their home!
Sarah @ housecrazy says
WOWZERS! what an incedible transformation for that lucky old house! That kitchen is now HUGE! Good reconfiguring of space!
Pat Trent says
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 says
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?
Check her blog for all the details!
Great vision and carry through! So fresh and updated!!!
Katherine @ Grass Stains says
So beautiful! I so wish I had the vision that she has!
…i think it is wonderful…
Molly @thewaffler says
I think my favorite transformation is actually that blue bathroom — so happy!
It really is!
Amy Schmidt says
Love it. Inspiring! We are buying a new house and these pictures have made me realize that with some vision, anything is possible!
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.
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. says
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.
I could move in!! Love it!!
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!
Wow! This is beautiful, what a great job!
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.
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!
I love how they did this in a very approachable style that anyone can do! It is so adorable!!
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.
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.
Amazing and inspiring! It was “mediocre/fine” before and now it’s a dream house! I love every single detail!
Is that the same house?! How awesome!
Kelly at Talk of the House says
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!
YAY – love Andrea and her blog! Her home is amazing!
Cheryl Stoy says
No clutter, open, colorful and stylish…beautiful!
And love that it is unpretentious and totally welcoming.
Love, love, love this home!
Juju at Tales of Whimsy... says
Wow. So lovely. So nice to see a fellow Kentuckian featured too.
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!
An updated home looks so family friendly and appealing, fresh and sparkling again. A real charmer!
I love this house! A little more than I’d want on my own, but love it nonetheless.
Debbie W says
You have an absolutely beautiful home!! Well done, you should be so proud!!
Shelley S says
WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!
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 says
I am in love with the designs on this house. One of favorites has got to the marble dining room table. It looks stunning.