Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Milwaukee Renovation Revisited!!

We officially listed the house last night or this morning (I know bad timing with the economy). We now have a sign out front. Jason graduates in May and will be active duty in the Navy again. We still can not believe it has been 4 years. We have loved this house and I wanted to share how far we have come.

We purchased this house in May of 2005. In 2005 Grahm was 6 months old, Jayce was 3, Jason had just finished 2 years of service in the Navy in Great Lakes, IL. I was enjoying the extreme weight loss thanks to breastfeeding. Jason and I had less wrinkles, less grey hair (in Jason's case - maybe a few more), and a few less aches and pains.

Here is the house in April of 2005!














Here is part way through - small improvement. May of 2006!!



















Here is what the house looks like now, October 2008!! Wowee - super cute!!



















If you think that is impressive, you should see the backyard!! This is actually during the major part of renovation. We were playing hillbilly at this time. These pictures are from June of 2005. We had no kitchen (not even a kitchen sink), no bathroom (there was a laundry sink and a toilet in the basement - not a favorite place of mine), and no laundry facilities (Jason had not hooked up the water heater yet). This is also before we ordered the dumpster for all the yucky crap we were hauling out.















So a quick recap of what happened to the exterior of the house in the past 4 years!!

Took off plastic porch cover, new roof, poured concrete (mixed one bag at time - very dry- by me) along the south side of the house and driveway, sided the garage to match (it was brown), retaining wall, fence, garden fence, raspberry plants, privacy bushes, repainted some of the exterior trim, painted porch and basement, yanked out overgrown bushes in front, laid sod, planted perennials, swing set... More pictures to come of the backyard all done.

1 comment:

Heidi said...

You guys have seriously done an awesome job on the house!! We are in the middle of a remodel. Let's just way I have a new appreciation for all the work, time, thought, money, etc that goes in to such a large project!! :)