Finally the pictures I promised

I wanted to wait until the house was perfect but I realized, it never will be.  I suppose that’s part of home ownership – the ability (the obsession?) to constantly tinker but just this past weekend I realized that I feel at last that this is my home.  It’s not a construction site, a work in progress or a modification of my mothers home; it is mine.

We’ve been enduring a terrible heat wave in Los Angeles recently but thanks to as many ceiling fans as I have rooms and a fortunate cross breeze, unless the temperature goes above 100 degrees, I’ve been able to  be comfortable without turning on the AC!

As you’ll see below, I have landscaped the front yard with drought tolerant ground cover and just a few small bushes which I hope will grow to create a hedge of sorts.  To be drought responsible, there are no sprinklers.  Instead I have underground drip lines that (I’m told) are more water wise.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that the new plantings survive this heat!

Enough words, here are the images….  I start outside and move inside from room to room giving you a before and after as best as I can.


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In order you have the 1. front of the house –  I couldn’t find any pictures of what the exterior used to look like so I pulled an image from Google Maps – beyond the trees and the fence you can see the old black and white exterior.  I removed the old siding, stuccoed the house and painted it I’ve removed the old vinyl fence, widened the driveway, added a walkway through the yard and planted a new tree and ground cover 2. the original kitchen and the remodeled which is entirely new – it used to be three separate areas all divided by walls with doorways 3. the sitting area adjacent to the kitchen before I took out the wall which used to separate it from the kitchen  4. the formal living room – here I removed the old fireplace mantle and added a new craftsman style with seating/storage on either side and I added a ceiling fan and extended the wood floors from the dining/sitting/kitchen into the living room to make it cohesive  5. the guest bathroom which used to have a bath and shower along the side wall and a vanity where the tub now is – this is one room that is smaller than it had been so that I could expand the master bedroom and bath  6. the dining room looking out toward the backyard, there used to be a screened in porch type room off the dining room instead the french doors now open to a patio sitting area 6. the master bedroom which is nearly twice the size it had been and has an en suite bath and walk in master closet and I added a large deck off the master so I have a nice sitting area off the master.  Then there are two rooms which I don’t really have before images of  they are the guest bedroom/den and the guest bedroom/craft room.  The craft room is exactly the size it had been.  All I did was put in a new window and carpeting and paint.  It used to have wallpaper and wood paneling.  The other guest room is 1/3 smaller than it had been but there’s still a sleeper sofa so guests are welcome!

So that’s the house.  Outside I’m still working on fixing up the backyard.