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our bad renovations:

Move in Condition
Master Bedroom
The Den
Half Bath (Downstairs)
Pointed Arch Destruction
Garage / Workshop
Hallway Facelift
New Windows
Load Bearing Beam
Kitchen Renovation Part 1
Kitchen Renovation Part 2
Dining Room
Dining Room Table
Formal Living Room

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My wife, Lauren and I (Tony) purchased our first house in September of 2012. Its a five bedroom, two and a half bathroom brookfield colonial, two car garage and a partial basement totalling 2600 square feet of living space. While that all sounds lovely on paper, the visual appearance is pretty rough. But in order to fit out budget in any of the areas we were looking, we had to go for the fixer upper.

We moved in over labor day weekend with the tireless help of our amazing families and friends. It didnt take very long before we started turning small projects into BIG trouble. Lauren and I got a crash course in home ownership, and we finally got to find out if all those years of watching HGTV paid off.

I will periodically post pictures and rambling details of our progress, destruction and/or horrific misadventures with the house, as we make our way through the process of turning this run down house into the home of our dreams (or possibly our nightmares).

Here's our latest work:

New Windows Latest Update: 11/16/2014

Shutters are up, and the ladder is down. This project is over. Just in time for the rain about to roll in this evening.
Formal Living Room Latest Update: 02/28/2014

Theres a few pieces of moulding I may want to adjust if not completely remove and re-nail. But some alignment issues are simply because of imperfections in the wall. Ill do what I can to dial it in, but I'm fairly happy with the outcome so far.
Nursery Latest Update: 02/15/2014

Lauren bought a bunch of closet bins and started stocking and organizing the closet.
Hallway Facelift Latest Update: 11/26/2013

The furniture goes back in, and the tilework is complete. After another day or so, we can wipe any remaining haze off the tiles.
Dining Room Table Latest Update: 07/31/2013

Here is a closeup of the antiquing we did on the table legs and frame.
Dining Room Latest Update: 07/09/2013

Here's the finished floor. Nice to have the mouldings back on, even if they do need to be filled and painted. Overall, I'm happy with the way the floors turned out, and I really didnt think the floors had much life left in them when we first uncovered them. But honestly, it wasn't much cheaper or less work than simply replacing the floors with new pre-finished wood. I'll have to weigh my options when it comes to refinishing upstairs.