I’m back today with a look inside our house in Virginia. We lived in this house for five years and did a whole lot of work on the inside and outside to make it our home. While we were living in this house, we also had these two join us on our lake adventure . . .
When I stop and think about how we managed all of the construction and home updates, while having two very little babies/toddlers to care for, I have to scratch my head a little. But then I remember that we really progressed in phases. There were some months (ie. when our daughters were born) where we didn’t do much and then we would find ourselves in a predictable routine for at least a little stretch, and we would move ahead. We really moved in fits and starts, but we always had a running list of things we could work on. With larger projects, like the exterior siding work and basement construction, we hired people (seriously, they were like angels) who knew how to complete those jobs. Because Vernon is an architect and I’m a designer, working on the house and coming up with ideas was fun and something we enjoyed doing together. When I look back at these pictures, I can see there is still a lot of blank space left on the walls where we were intending to fill in with art or photographs, over time. We also didn’t have a huge budget and did not want to spend too much on the house for fear that we wouldn’t get the money out of it if/when we had to sell it. We tried to find a happy medium between spending just enough to utilize the spaces, make the house feel like our home, and not go too overboard with our ideas (we always felt like we had so many ideas and so little time).
Before I show the inside of the house, I wanted to share a few more photos of the exterior.
I had mentioned before that we had stone veneer installed on the concrete wall that ran the length of our driveway. (It was also installed above the garage door you see in this photo.)
This is a photo of the siding going up on our house. (The
angels people we hired to replace our vinyl siding with cedar worked on the installation all winter long, one shingle at a time.)
Here’s a view of our back deck, where we spent a lot of time when the weather was nice.
This was our backyard. We had a 60 foot drop to the lake from our home and we never finished the dock area because, well, other things took priority. We had two babies and felt like we really needed to finish out our lower level which had the same square footage as our main level.
Front entrance on a fall day.
(And eventually, we added some pots with flowers along the side of the house . . . )
I’m warning you friends, I have a lot of before and after photos of the main level. So, now would be a great time to grab a cup of coffee and get cozy. Let’s go on inside . . .
This is what the front entrance looked like from the inside, when I first visited the house.
And this is a progress photo of the tile installation. (We used an American Olean porcelain tile.)
This is a photo of the same space after the electrical, drywall, trim, paint, and lighting were completed.
(The paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-149, Buxton Blue.)
If you look at the finished photo of the entry above, you’ll see a set of double doors on the left, directly across from the front door.
This is a better photo of the doors, before the electrical, drywall, tile, etc. were installed in this space.
Beyond the double doors is a laundry room with a few hooks for coats. When construction was finished, and the doors were closed, you could barely tell what was behind them. (This was a useful location for a laundry area, given that our house was in a wooded area, on a lake, with a very relaxed feel to it.)
Here is a photo of the laundry room construction in progress. Because this tile was porcelain, we also carried it from the laundry room to the exterior entrance and front steps.
This is a photo of the laundry room after it was completed.
The wall mounted cabinet on the right has an ironing board hidden inside.
(The laundry room was also painted Benjamin Moore HC-149, Buxton Blue, just like the foyer.)
(My friend from college, Julie, made those curtains. She actually shipped them to me from New York. Thank you Julie!)
Once past the entrance, you go down a small hallway to the main part of the house.
This is what the living room and dining area looked like when I first moved into the house.
And this is the view of the kitchen from the living area before.
The walls were white, the cabinets were builder oak, the carpet was gray. Very basic. To help bring some life to the space, we removed the carpet and Vernon installed wood flooring along with new wall base and improved light fixtures.
Vernon and I also painted these rooms before our oldest daughter was born. (This paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-36, Hepplewhite Ivory. It looks a bit brighter in some these photos than it was in person.)
I think the photo below is the best example of what the Benjamin Moore, Hepplewhite Ivory paint color actually looked like.
The photo below shows what the kitchen looked like after Vernon installed wood flooring.
We also changed out some of the recessed lighting for pendant fixtures.
The photo below, taken from a view in the kitchen, is of our china cabinet which sat in an open area at the end of the entry.
This is a ranch style home with two levels, so off of the main living area, you’ll find the bedrooms. First stop, the master bedroom. This is what it looked like when I first saw it.
Here is the bedroom after we did some work and lived in the house for five years.
(We panted this room Benjamin Moore 947, Navajo White.)
There was also a bathroom off of the master bedroom.
We painted, installed new light fixtures, and cleaned things up. Ahhh.
Down another hallway, off the main living area, were two rooms and a bathroom for our girls.
Here is what it looked like before (the bathroom is at the end of the hallway).
And this is what the hallway looked like after we gave it some attention.
Down the hall and to the right was my older daughter’s bedroom.
Vernon had been using this room as his home office and storage space. This is the only photo I have of the room before we worked on it.
This is a view of my daughter’s room after (the closet is on the left in the photo below). There was such a beautiful view from this window!
Here is what my youngest daughter’s room looked like before.
And this is what her room looked like after. (The white we used was Benjamin Moore 912, Linen White. I am not sure what the pink color we used was.)
And finally (if you’ve made it this far!), here is a photo of the girl’s bathroom at the end of the hallway.
And this is the bathroom after. (We painted this room Benjamin Moore HC-150, Yarmouth Blue.)
Are you still awake?
Did anyone fall asleep?
Thank you for hanging in there with me and going on this tour. In my next two posts, I’ll include a little taste of what life was like living on the lake and also cover the work we did on our lower level/basement which was unfinished when we moved in.
(Here’s a little teaser . . . this is me, pondering the work that was just starting on our lower level. I’m about 6 months pregnant with my second daughter. Life was so busy but exciting!)
Have a great day!