Before and After Photos
I don't know if we really planned on renovating a 1945 bungalow, but here we are. Since moving here in early December, we have worked nearly full-time on unpacking, organizing and, ultimately, renovating our new home in Silver City.
The "Guest" Bathroom
In early February, we finally found a multi-talented builder who was willing to work with us, and we really picked up the pace. After we rewired the room, Jason replaced the two layers of acoustic tile with a new sheetrock ceiling, and taped and textured the walls.
With new trim, track lighting and a fresh coat of paint. What a transformation!
The Living Room
The living room was one of the biggest challenges, with walls covered in painted and papered 70s-vintage wood paneling. We knew that for this room, we would have to go down to the studs.
On Valentine's Day, we woke up to horizontal snow and howling wind! It snowed on and off for the next two days. Since it was too cold to hike, why not destroy the living room?
We ripped out all the paneling and trim, and Jason installed new sheetrock, crown moulding and casing for the windows and doors.
Still missing one piece of trim, but now with fresh paint and our furniture. I thought the color choice was risky, but I'm very happy with it.
There are at least six sheds on the property (somewhat depending on your definition of "shed"). We eventually numbered them to try to keep them straight. All of them were crap-stacked to the ceiling. But once they were cleaned out and organized, at least two of the sheds turned out to be good, solid buildings, and another two are at least serviceable for storage. Shed #1 (aka "the shop") looked like a total tear-down, with plaster falling off in sheets, revealing the worn wood siding of an old garage. But it has a stone foundation, and inside the walls are solid and wired like a professional woodworking shop. Through Jason, we found a crew to redo the stucco.Unfortunately, I have no "before" photos, but here's the transformed shed in progress.
Now with fresh stucco and a new soffet and freshly painted trim. I'll eventually paint the house trim the same color.
The Mud Room and the Front Door
Last but certainly not least, after more than three months in this house, we finally acquired a front door! The door had to be custom-made, since there was no allowance for a standard door when the front porch was enclosed. The previous owner just cut a hole in the wall and covered it with a rickety metal storm door (no framing).
While Dennis stained and sealed the new door, I removed over 50 nails and screws plus many feet of scotch tape, then patched and painted the walls. The old porch will now serve as my sewing room, complete with a cat observation deck.
An add-on covered patio at the back of the house was an eyesore until we gave it a thorough cleaning, pulled out all the dead wiring and the nasty plastic tarp and decorated it with a beatiful wooden bench, a gift from my dear friend Susan K. in Tucson. Eventually we will fully enclose it and add a cat door from the office, so the kitties can come and go as they please.
On a windy day — pretty much all days in Silver City — it's a lovely place to relax in the evening. And as you can see, we found a great use for the dozens of phone line insulators we found in the sheds!