Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Before & after

You may recall that when the interior construction was finished on our garage/bath/closet addition, I took you on a little photo tour of the inside.

I waited to show you the exterior before-and-after shots because the driveway was not done and 2 important pieces of gingerbread trim (for the peaks of the gables) had to be ordered. I'm happy to say that the driveway was completed last week and the gingerbread trim was completed this week. We are officially done.

In case you're interested, here's the backhoe tearing out the old driveway, which was cracked by the City's street paving contractor.
This is what it looked like for about a month:
An unusual number of rainy days delayed the pouring of the concrete several times, but they were finally to get it poured last week.
They poured the 2nd side on a different day, probably so they could remove the forms.

So, now I can present to you the exterior before-and-after shots.

The side of the house before:
The side of the house after:

The side/front of the house before:
The side/front of the house after:

The front of the house before:
The front of the house after:

I am happy to report that the addition came in on budget and we are very happy with the final product. Big Ella has a comfy place to rest while Spouse & I have lots of storage space in the garage, 2 additional parking spaces in front of the garage, and a glamorous master bathroom and closet/dressing room.

Most of our neighbors and friends have commented about how seamlessly the addition was integrated into the existing house. "You'd never know it wasn't all built at the same time" they say. That is exactly what we were going for! It was very important to us that it didn't end up looking like an addition, so we were very clear about this while working with the architect and builder. If anyone plans an addition or renovation, I highly recommend being very clear about what you want/don't want and like/don't like. Don't be afraid to say it over and over again. Its your house and your money!

Just in case you'd like to see how the project went, from start to finish, go to the left side of this blog and click on the 'addition' tag. This will pull up for you all posts related to the addition project.

Crush du Jour: Travis Oliver


Kevin said...


Anonymous said...

Wow!!! This looks fantastic!!

Jeff said...

Really glad you got what you wanted. It looks great! And that's somevery sage advice you provide to would-be renovators. Duly noted - thanks! :)

anne marie in philly said...

loverly, you lucky dudes!

Bugsy said...

It looks very nice. I'm so glad it went well for you guys. Although, I will miss the side porch!

wcs said...

Congratulations again! It all looks terrific. I'm sure you're really enjoying it. :)

Kyle Leach said...

Mark, she looks amazing, and I bet the new space is just grand for the two of you. You did do a tremendous job in melding the old and new parts of the house.I'd tell you to enjoy it, but I know you already are.

Angel said...

amazing Mark!!! I know you and Spouse are enjoying all the extra room. the house is beautiful!

Larry Ohio said...

You got the best house in the neighborhood for sure. Well done!

Stephen said...

Wow! I was lucky enough to have seen the entire process on your fab blog! Happy Holidays to both of you. Hugs,

Java said...

It looks fantastic! Congratulations on finally being FINISHED with it!

J@v@JuNKo said...

wow, just speechless on how beautiful it all turned out!! its amazing!!

Rick said...

That is awesome. So was it worth all the fuss? You seemed non plussed by it all and going about your life through the process. It looks great and I', sure it lives great too. Congrats!
That is a great way to see a Christmas parade. Snow!

Party Pooper said...

Hate to ruin the party, but the front porch roof looks like it was just cut off to accomodate the new garage. A shorter (2 ft.) "faux" roof continuing the line of the portch roof, jutting out above the garage door, would have continued the motif correctly.

Everything else looks great!