Thursday, March 31, 2011

West Little Rock - New House Pics (Before & After)

This post is for our friends and family who have asked to see pictures of our new home in West Little Rock. Warning that there are A LOT of pictures. If you're not interested in these or in remodel work, then go ahead and skip right over this post =) If you are... then come take a tour of our new house via Before and After pics!

House hunting in West Little Rock was difficult, to say the least. We chose this little pocket of Little Rock for the schools as well as the great location - our house is within blocks of all the major shopping, restaurants, etc. However, there is very little new (affordable) construction in this area so most of the houses are quite a bit older than we were used to. (Or "charming" as Ben and I came to know them. Ha.) We wanted to keep our house payment the same as we had in Dallas/Fort Worth, and we were definitely shocked at the variance in price per square foot for this West LR area. We went from having 3200 sq feet in DFW to 2300 here in WLR for the same price. Ouch. But... after a grueling hunt... we FINALLY found (and love) our new home! (Or at least a floor plan that we liked. You'll see below that pretty much everything else has been redone.)

Front of the house - BEFORE

Front of the house - AFTER. Basically, we just had the landscaping cleaned up and mulched out here. We also had the front door repainted white rather than grey. Eventually, we will have the outside of the house repainted instead of the yellow color it is now.

Back porch - BEFORE

Back porch - AFTER. Not much back here except for some clean up. Please excuse the furniture out there... Getting some new patio stuff is next on my list =)

Back yard - BEFORE

Back yard - AFTER


View of back yard from back porch - BEFORE

View of back yard from back porch - AFTER

Walking in front door - BEFORE (You can't really tell in this pic, but all of the trim in this house was either pink... yes, pink... or brown. Charming. Ha. Ha.)

Walking in front door - AFTER. Every last surface was repainted. Multiple ceiling fans removed and new can lights dropped in.

Formal Dining - BEFORE

Formal Dining - AFTER. Everything repainted and new flooring.

Living Room - BEFORE

Living Room - AFTER

Living Room - BEFORE (I'm standing by the back French doors looking towards the front)

Living Room - AFTER

Living Room - BEFORE

Living Room - AFTER

Living Room - BEFORE

Living Room - AFTER (the only thing in this house that did not have to be repainted were those entertainment cabinets. Lovely. But they did get some new hardware.)

Living Room - BEFORE (These french doors lead into the den area)

Living Room - AFTER (French doors to den area)

Den / Family Room - BEFORE

Den / Family Room - AFTER. All new paint and flooring.

Hallway down to Reid's room, guest room, and guest bath - BEFORE

Hallway down to Reid's room, guest room, and guest bath - AFTER

Guest Room - BEFORE

Guest Room - AFTER. New paint and flooring. And the decor is not finished yet.

Guest Room - AFTER

Guest Bath - BEFORE

Guest Bath - AFTER. All new paint, cabinets, hardware, flooring.

Guest Bath - BEFORE

Guest Bath - AFTER (Yes... I'm going to start working with Reid on potty-training! Oh happy day!)

Guest bath - BEFORE

Guest bath - AFTER

Reid's Room - BEFORE (the little dude had to have somewhere to nap while we met with contractors!)

Reid's Room - AFTER. All new paint and flooring.

Reid's Room - AFTER

Reid's Room - AFTER

Reid's Room - AFTER (It's hard to tell in the pics, but he has a huge room which I love... all of his toys fit well in there!)

Reid's Room - AFTER

Back out to the Living Room - BEFORE

Back out to the Living Room - AFTER. In this pic, if you were to go LEFT... that is the Den area then the hallway to the guest room, bath, and Reid's room. To the RIGHT is the formal dining and two doors that lead to the kitchen area.

The Kitchen - BEFORE. All I can say is "charming". Ha. This was a doozy to fix up.

The Kitchen - AFTER. Everything is new except the floors.

Kitchen - BEFORE

Kitchen - AFTER

Kitchen - BEFORE (I took a pic of this b/c that plated glass is the only thing I kept for the new kitchen)

Kitchen - AFTER

Kitchen - AFTER

Breakfast Nook - BEFORE

Breakfast Nook - AFTER

Breakfast Nook - AFTER

Laundry / Mud Room - BEFORE

Laundry / Mud Room - AFTER. Again... all new paint, cabinets, hardware.

Laundry - BEFORE

Laundry - AFTER (also the new home to Fat Jack & Johnny... they even have their own private "water closet". Haha!)

Master Bedroom - BEFORE

Master Bedroom - AFTER. All new paint and flooring.

Master Bedroom - BEFORE

Master Bedroom - AFTER. (The tray ceilings are still there... just didn't show up in these pics)

Master Bath - BEFORE

Master Bath - AFTER. New paint and cabinets. Will hopefully replace these countertops and all the brass down the road.

Master bath - BEFORE

Master Bath - AFTER

Master Bath - BEFORE

Master Bath - AFTER


And that is the grand tour! We welcome visitors so please let us know if you are ever in the area!

7 comments:

Donnine said...

All I can say is WOW!!!! Your magic touch is amazing. Congrats you have a beautiful place!

Lea said...

Holly I Love it!!! You did a great job! I might have to hire you:)

Jen Wells said...

It looks amazing friend. We'll be coming soon, I promise. Grace wants to see Reid!

The Kadanes said...

Wow! It looks great!

Dandelion Momma said...

I love it! Ya'll did a great job!

kimsmith said...

Holly, it looks so good!!! You are talented. We are actually moving from Frisco to Memphis this summer. We found a house that needs a few updates as well. I was wondering did you get brand new cabinets or were you able to just paint them?

Holly, Ben, and Reid said...

Thanks everyone! @Kim - it was a mixture... Some of the cabinets we were able to save and just paint. Others had to be replaced and others just needed to be refaced. Good luck!!