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December 27, 2013

The best way to survive the holidays?  Stay on a schedule.
So let's stick with our weekly Before and After Projects Friday.

A distressed historic home in Prattville, Al, received a loving renovation:
Before                                              After

How many of us have dreamed of adding a second story
to our existing homes?  These owners did just that:

It's amazing how different this house looks
with a redesigned roof line and entry:
Before                                          After

This Cape Cod also received a new entry and
porch that completely changed its appearance:
Before                                                After

Many people would look at this abandoned
stone house and think, "Tear it down!"
Before                                  After
Instead it was rebuilt into a stunning contemporary show place.

A stone facade was applied to this house with beautiful results:
Before                                             After

A Mid-Century Modern bungalow received
a facelift that enhanced its original integrity:
Before                                                   After 

This house was painted lighter and its shutters were painted darker:
Before                                     After
The front door really pops now that its painted red.

A dated split-foyer is unrecognizable in the 'after' photo:
Before                                         After

A rambling rancher was renovated into a luxurious lodge:
Edyta and Co.

It doesn't necessarily take huge changes to bring about a huge improvement:
Before                                               After

The contractor who erected the massive white
eyesore must have skipped aesthetics class!
Before                                                   After

1,000% improvement!

While almost all houses look better in the Spring than in Winter, new
white siding and shutters greatly enhanced this charming Cape Cod:
Before                                       After

Painting the shutters gave more definition to the house
and removing the overgrown shrubbery helped, too:
Before                                                            After

 Yes, a 4 car garage would give us room to store
our treasures AND park the car out of the elements:
 Faux-Craftsman architectural elements
make even a garage a thing of beauty!

Two different colors?  No!
Three different colors?  Yes!

When this old house went up for sale 99% of the buyers said, "Pass."
Let's hear it for the 1%!!

A new entryway completely changed the profile of this house:
Before                                     After

Of all of the beautiful, dramatic makeovers we've
viewed, this small bungalow is my favorite:
Before                                       After
This Old House
Utterly charming!

Aren't today's projects inspiring?  So much planning,
so much work.  Thanks for sharing them with me.

Have a great weekend, friends.


  1. A few of these houses look like ones from my old neighborhood in CT. There's such a distinct New England look to homes up there. Florida is very different I must say.

    1. You're right - everything in Florida looks new. I have always loved New England architecture, it's so distinctive and inviting.

  2. Amazing makeovers! I love the split foyer makeover the best! It looks so 'Northwest' and would fit right in here in Washington State. xo

    1. That really is one of the most startling transformation and, yes, it definitely looks woodsy!

  3. What really amazes me are the view that are only new paint (like the last photo) it just goes to show that a little elbow grease (paint and yard cleanup) can go a long way to making a huge difference :)

  4. I am inspired by all of them! It's amazing - sometimes, just a small change makes a difference. Some of these are much more dramatic and it's fun to see the transformation. I don't know which is my favorite!!!

  5. Wow! Some of those were amazing favorite inexpensive change is with a little paint, it can make such a dramatic difference.

  6. I love the transformation of the split level - if I ever go house hunting again I may have to rethink!