Before the After…Part 1

Did I ever mention we bought a fixer-upper?  Yup…we did.  I recently found our original home photos.  The pictures are from my pre-blogging days.  In fact, I had no idea what a blog was at the time.  Our humble abode has come so far in the past eight years, so what better way to start the New Year than with a series of “before” posts?

After going back through these original photos, SuperHouls and I found ourselves shaking our heads and wondering why we bought this house.  SuperHouls says it was the neighborhood, the backyard and the fireplace that sold him.  For me, it was the charm, the character and the potential.

Our home was constructed in 1923.  It was listed as a colonial  cottage and the first time we laid eyes on it, it looked like this…

front of house

As you can see, the shrubs were overgrown and hiding much of the first floor.  The same in the back of the house…

back of house

There was no door leading to our yard except for the one in the scary basement so we had to walk all the way around the house to get to the back yard.  The window on the left in the above photo eventually became a door to our patio.  We made the patio by pulling up the old slate that was originally our driveway…

down to garage

And we loved the storage space of the detached garage.  

These photos are dated May 27, 2007.  It was Springtime and the azalea bush was in full bloom…

back yard

We saw the charm.  We saw the character.  We had no idea what we were getting into.

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Be well,


Romeo & Floyd

I got a playmate for Christmas. Meet Floyd.


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