We’ve often said that we find remodels to be more satisfying than new builds, and some people think that is crazy. Remodels are usually more difficult and more time-consuming as you work with all of the pre-existing conditions that a house presents. But, at the end of the day, I think we are all inspired by the “before” and “afters” that just don’t exist in a new build. We can all identify with some aspect of a before and use the after to help us visualize “what could be” in our spaces. Have you ever wondered why HGTV never does new construction shows? Now you know.
For this month’s blog, we’ve highlighted just a few of our favorite Avenue B “Before” and “Afters” and hope a couple of them inspire you!
Project 1: The Brady House on Pearl St
This 1910 craftsman beauty was literally left to rot for 15 years before our project started. The previous owners are started to embark on a restoration – removing trim, windows, and even sheetrock, before abandoning their efforts. We found much of the original trimwork in the basement and were able to use it to match throughout the house.
Project 2: Avenue G Craftsman in Hyde Park
What’s amazing about this before and after is that very little of the original living room’s attributes were changed. In fact, nothing about its structure were changed at all. Some paint, some new tile, and reclaimed flooring completely made over the space – resulting in a remodel that everyone can relate to.
Project 3: Gibson Victorian in Bouldin
Here’s an example of an exterior before/after that shows how you can respectfully add a second floor while still keeping the original charm of the home’s exterior intact. There’s nothing that we hate worse than a giant box plopped onto the back of a house – so lazy!