Wednesday, 30 July 2014

House tour [or have a look at the before pictures]

I can't believe I'm brave enough to do this, but today, you're getting a house tour! I do have to say though, please keep an open mind - we're changing everything! Seriously. This house is a mess, but we fell in love with it's potential, the gorgeous land, it's location [exactly seven minutes away from my husband's work], and just the lifestyle we could lead here. So the fact that the house looks a bit small [mostly due to my horrible photography attempts, and not because it's tiny] and is definitely in a state of ... horribleness. 

Aside from any of the specifics I mention below, we will be doing construction/structural work to the house, painting each room, putting in floors (hardwood or carpet), redoing the ceilings, redoing tiles, fixing up walls, insulating better, putting in triple insulated windows, and basically doing anything possible to make it energy efficient and more environmentally friendly [while remaining in budget]. One little tid bit, you get tax cuts and discounts from the government for making your home environmentally friendly. We'll be doing that, and we 'plan', meaning we really want to but don't know when it will happen, to put in solar panels eventually, but definitely don't have the budget or time for that project right now. 

Are you ready for this? Try not to be overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of work or this ridiculous yellow color! Let's get started: 

Entry way

You come in and see: BAM! Yellow: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: House remodel tour [before photos]

 So, you see that ugly yellow door? Which one, there's three in the photos above [actually there are five, but you can't see them from that angle], but the one I mean is on the right photo. In that area, we're building an extension that will be a laundry room. It's going to be prepped for an additional extension on the second floor that will turn into a bedroom. In a few years, when baby #3 will hopefully make an appearance, that is where it will live. We won't do that now as there is plenty of other work, but that's the plan. 

We're also considering making the toilet room [literally the only thing in that room is the toilet] a mini bath with a) a sink with hot and cold water! and b) a shower to, as my husband said, 'hose' off the children after they get muddy outside. The stairs will also be moved and completely redone. 

Living room

The first door on the left leads to the dinning and living rooms. Hubby had already started taking stuff apart: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: House remodel tour [before photos]

Welcome to Mommyhood: House remodel tour [before photos]


Hubby is starting with this next week. It's just a hot mess. We already bought an oven and stove top, too! There are five burners. It's beaaauuuutiful. No photo yet. I'll share that in the after photos!  

Welcome to Mommyhood: House remodel tour [before photos]

Actually, I do like the look of the kitchen even though it's pretty old and no longer 'cute' around here. I'm thinking of some kind of rustic-y theme to the house, which may be why this style appeals to me. However, given the lack of love this house has received in the past ten years, the kitchen isn't salvageable, so we are starting over. And we'll be making it way bigger. I'm so pumped for that ikea trip! [to buy hinges, knobs, perhaps a counter top and a sink that we love, and all sorts of random things that will be purchased there because it's ikea] 


The photos are actually cutting off a part of the bedrooms. They're  a bit large for Dutch standards. 

Welcome to Mommyhood: House remodel tour [before photos]

Those are the rooms on the right when you come upstairs. On the left, you get: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: House remodel tour [before photos]

Fairly decent bathroom. It needs nicer tiles and we'll be shifting it's location/extending it a bit to prep it for the construction of a fourth bedroom upstairs sometime in the future. 

And another really ugly bedroom: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: House remodel tour [before photos]

And then my camera battery was empty. What you didn't see was: inside of the bedrooms, the creeptastic attic, the mini basement [which I actually just consider a creeptastic mini pantry as it's no where near what I consider an actual basement to be], the garage, and the beautiful property.  

I'll show you eventually... for now though, I'll call it a day. As you can see, we have a lot of work to do. Actually, one more photo, here's what Hubby already started on (compare to the first photo): 

Welcome to Mommyhood: House remodel tour

Except it looks worse now. All of the parts of the ceilings that cover up the ugly necessary bits are gone. All of the walls are starting to be taken apart. It's rough.

We want to get all of this done very quickly so we can live there as soon as possible, but realistically, we will probably park a caravan on the property, and just live there for a while so we can work whenever we need to. I've also realised thanks to this project that when I think about how much things cost [ie- the oven we just bought], I no longer think in currency. It's not that the oven cost xx euro or xx dollars, but rather, xx buckets of paint. The new currency that I convert everything to is officially buckets of paint. 

That reminds me that I need to go do some planning. Pinterest, here I come!


  • Have you ever undertaken a huge remodel project? 
  • How do you make time for life? 
  • Did you worry? Stay in budget? 
  • Do you think we're crazy to be doing mostly everything ourselves?

Happy Thursday!