Our First Reno – Townhouse Renovation

TownhouseI thought I would take a moment and share a past project.  This one was HUGE.  We bought our townhouse in 2010 and moved in January 1st 2011 and the renovations began the NEXT morning!

It’s only a GLIMPSE of what we did. I took a ton of pictures so I tried finding the best before and after.

I’m a sucker for home transformation and when it was finally our turn I was so excited!!

Here’s our Townhouse Renovation from 2011 – 2014

Front Entrance

Before

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Inspectors Photo during the purchasing process. We renovated so quickly I didn’t get much before pictures.

After

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New Door – Floor Tile – Trim – Coat Hook – Electrical – Drywall – All the important stuff behind the walls and we can’t forget PAINT!

Front Hallway

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Yikes – This is hard to look at.  It’s USED to be a huge mudroom, with a storage closet with Hot water tank and electrical and access to the garage PLUS the front door.  Oh, that window at the end in over the kitchen sink.  The townhouse USED to have a carport.  This used to be exterior.

After

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New hallway and just a pass through window without cabinets blocking the view to the backyard.

Here’s a shot of the old front door.

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We took it out – obviously.  This is the original front entrance where I’m standing taking the picture. The man with the hammer.  My handsome hubby.

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We just had it as a more open area with old coat closet becoming a pantry.  Something I don’t have now and miss! Plus I had a storage cabinet there.  Townhouse – need all the storage you can get.

Kitchen

Before

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Truth – The best photo I have because it was so boxed in with walls and cabinets that were ready to fall. Cabinets had rat droppings on them and the light above the sink wasn’t secure and ready to fall into the kitchen sink at any moment.

After

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Did you catch that?  We FOUND these stairs on the other side and it completely changed our design plan and ended up with a bigger kitchen.

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Cabinet makers daughter here.  Solid Maple Cabinets with crown molding.  Yes – Solid cabinets.  Do I ever miss those cabinets.  Dreaming of a new kitchen again.  It’s SO nice.

Living Room

Before

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Again – Inspection photo.  This hurts my eyes, I can SMELL this place.  It stank so bad. Oh….did you see the GIANT mirror. Then there was this all over the walls.

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Confused?  Vaulted ceilings.  We kept the top part and took down the rest.  What a job.

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This place had 1970’s written all over it.  Orange Curtains!! We camped in our living room with camping kitchen.

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Last living room shot.  That fireplace!

After

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Bathrooms

Downstairs 1/2 bath Before

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Again, I shudder when I see this.

After

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Don’t ask me why the lid is open. I loved the wainscoting we did in this bathroom.  The shelf was from the upstairs bathroom and fit better on the main floor.

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Upstairs Bathroom Before

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After

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Just like my kitchen, it was hard to say goodbye to this bathroom when we sold this place.

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I just realized the trim isn’t done in these photos.  It was before we sold it.

I took lots of pictures – never knowing I was going to blog in the future. We learned a TON during this and are already getting our current home into the planning process for some renovations.  Yes – We did have our first son in this place. Painting and Pregnant…

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Hope this post was fun and inspiring too look at.  Some of the design is still current and some of it isn’t anymore.  It’s a townhouse complex so the exterior is all done by strata.  So there’s now photos of that.

What Renovations have you done?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Notefull Living

Hi, My name is Carrie. I'm Canadian and live in the Fraser Valley outside of Vancouver BC. Notefull Living is my blog about our Home and Garden. I’m a Wife, Mother of 3, I'm passionate about my family and providing a good home and healthy lifestyle. I Hope you enjoy learning about my life with tips that are useful or noteworthy for your own home.

7 thoughts on “Our First Reno – Townhouse Renovation”

  1. Ah, this reminded me of our first place. It was an over 100 year old house…and a major fixer upper as well. I wasn’t pregnant and painting but had a baby and was painting. 😂 He had to get used to sleeping through the sound of saws. We weren’t able to do all of it ourselves though, hired professionals to do a lot of it. Like you, there were some very nice things about that place that I was sad to leave! Anyway, great work and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for sharing. I grew up in a 100 yr old house! Fun times. We had some help with hiring a guy to do drywall and an electrician and needed a plumber at one point. All jobs that was beyond my hubby’s comfort level. Plus the electric side was good to have a certified person when we sold for proof things were done right. My parents and my in-laws were right in their with us. BIG project, we had it down to studs in no time, the whole main floor. I have pictures of our oldest in his ‘play area’ surrounded by a packed living room of furniture and tools. He was safe, I promise!!!

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      1. Yes, I remember those days too! It was very challenging to carve out little play spots in the midst of everything! Renovating is a very exciting process, but I have to admit I’m glad to not be going through it right now. 😁

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      2. Our current home is starting to force us to renovate. It’s been a good home. We like renovating but we didn’t have the energy like we did when we did the first Reno. Definitely looking at contractors.

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