It's amazing what some vision and styling (and some $$$) can do to a house.
If you like before and after house photos, have a look at these..
Pretty impressive hey?
Let me set the scene a bit here. I know this house very well. Well, to be quite accurate I should say I knew this house very well. Every nook and cranny I could have told you about. I almost lived in this house...
A few years ago I sat on its back deck and penned an offer to the real estate agent.
I knew that it had potential....but I don't think I could have ever made it look this good!
The offer was rejected and it stayed on the market for quite a while. The price was reduced, and it still didn't sell. (In the meantime, we had bought elsewhere). The local murmurings were that the sellers were looking for a pretty hefty offer, but the market wasn't willing to pay that much...
Keep your eyes on the staircase...
I can't believe the difference.
What was once a busy, colourful, quite funky looking house (have another look at the original kitchen ceiling)
is now a complete contrast in it's serenity. It's a pretty extreme makeover.
I particularly love this area.
The stairway has been hidden and a study nook created.
The whole transformation is pretty drastic, but the biggest change for me is the kitchen.
The kitchen has been moved towards the back of the house and flows into a family dining and living area
that spills out onto the back deck.
As the shots haven't quite been taken from the same spot and just to put things into perspective
here's the 'before' and 'after' floor plans.
The house is currently on the market and after the effort that's been put into this makeover I've no doubt that it will sell this time. It will be up for auction, which is very popular here in Brisbane so once again the market will decide what it's worth...
So what do you think?
Do you prefer the 'before' or the 'after'?