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Our Home – Before Remodeling

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It’s been two years since we completed remodeling our Kitchen, Dining Room, and Family Room. So, I’m resharing our remodel post – this is the BEFORE of our home. I’ll share the after in a few days, or you can check it out here: https://thefeatherednester.com/our-house-after/

The Beginning

Before we actually moved to Fresno, California, we’d known for several years we would settle here after my husband’s retirement. Our daughters came here for college and enjoyed the city life after growing up in a small town. After college, they stayed, started careers, married and bought homes here.

My sister, Rachelle, has lived here since she was a teenager. She was our realtor and we’d been casually looking at homes and neighborhoods during our visits for a few years.

In early 2015, my husband and I started to look at homes in earnest, with the intention of buying. Rachelle and I came together to look at this house first, and within 5 minutes, I knew my husband had to see it.

He loved it as much as I and we put in an offer right away. The sale closed, and the house became ours around Father’s Day, June 2015. We didn’t settle in here full-time until that November, though.

It’s Ours!! What Now?

As much as we loved our new house, especially our neighborhood and landscaping/outdoor areas, there were some things we didn’t like.The red paint against the cherry cabinets in the kitchen did not appeal to me. Several of the rooms had walls painted bright colors and I’m more of a neutrals colored person.

We decided to do the kitchen, dining room, and family room remodeling first – replacing the appliances, counter tops, enlarging the island, and repainting. We got a referral for a great interior designer, Tiffany, and decided to have her help us tackle the kitchen, dining room, and family room design.

Initially, our ideas were fairly simple, but as we got into actually planning it, the project grew (of course). We found a contractor to oversee the remodel and got started.

Before Remodeling

These photos are of the kitchen, dining room, and family room when the house was listed for sale:

Kitchen, before remodeling
Island, before remodeling
Kitchen, before remodeling

Let’s Do This!

Eight months after we bought the house, the remodeling began. Here is the early demo (sorry for the poor lighting):

I really, really wanted a gas range top and I am so thankful they were able to run a gas line into the kitchen!

You can see it in the pic below:

This is family room. The built-in wall unit was taken apart so they could add granite countertops above the cabinet portion.

That’s about it for all the “Before.” To see the “After”  https://thefeatherednester.com/our-house-after/

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2 thoughts on “Our Home – Before Remodeling”

  1. Looks like a good start! I know you are going to paint it in neutral colors–which ones though? I prefer neutral colors as well. 🙂

    • We did! I believe the color we chose was “Shady.” It’s been almost a year since we finished the remodel but I’m going to do the blog reveal later this week.


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