Before you start the tour let me tell you a little secret. My whole house never looks like this for more then 24 hours. 3 little boys, 2 dogs and a hubby that works from home it’s more like piles of laundry, dishes in the sink, dusty railings, beds not made dirty floors, screaming kids AND a whole lot of LOVE and FUN!
When we purchased our home 11+ years ago it was builder grade with lots of carpet, tile and beige. We have loved making the house more functional as our family grew.
One of our first projects was turning three small rooms (living, dining, family) into one large great room by knocking down a wall. This created a space that was 100% usable and functional which was so important for us, now the kids can run and be wild, not that I love that but lets face it, that’s what kids do.
(oldest trying to be a baby when new baby came)
We turned the fireplace around so it became the focal point of our home, it originally was in the corner of our family room. You can see more pictures here.
Our old living room became our dinning room and we opened up the bottom of the staircase and turned it into a small wine cellar.
I love to decorate for each season
I guess since I am showing you the front of the home I should show you the entrance.
One of our furry friends will most likely always be the first to greet you.
The Kitchen renovation was one of our biggest accomplishments. . It took us about 5 years to complete but we are so proud of all our hard work. Sadly, we will be tearing down the whole kitchen in the next month due to mold. We had a slow leak that we were not aware of, everything is a loss and insurance won’t cover it, it truly is heartbreaking.
What we started with
I still remember this day like it was yesterday, teaching my little ones to bake.
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With three boys we were quickly running our of space. We converted part of the garage into a Craft/mud/play room which has come in very handy.
We recently completed adding wood floors to our Master Bedroom, after 12 years I don’t want to know what was lurking below the carpet, yuck. I updated the paint with a lighter shade and added sheer curtains for a beachy feel.
This is the before, so dark.
The last few months we have been working hard at updating our bathroom by painting the cabinets, updating the backsplash, trimming out the mirrors and painting the walls. We are almost finished, stay tuned!
Back in July of 2011 a candle burned our Guest Bathroom down, we were very fortunate that was the only loss, everyone was safe and we were able to rebuild.
We have had a lot of unexpected things happen to our home like this huge AC leak we walked home to on a hot summer day. Instead of dwelling on the negative we pick up the pieces and move on, besides it usually turns into a new type of project for us.
The beginning of 2012 I tackled the Loft by repainting the desk and bookshelves and making it more of a hangout for the boys.
Before, I know right?
We have lots of family that stays with us on a regular basis so it was important to have our Guest room as comfortable as possible for them. Recently we replaced the floors with wood, prior to that we had carpet.
Two of our boys share a room and we are in the process of updating our oldest room.
We had lots of fun transforming the boys bathroom into a beachy escape for them.
Living in San Diego we are blessed to have wonderful weather so we have created a space where we can relax and entertain in our back yard.
I think that completes the tour, thank you so much for stopping in.
Ray and Kristin