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Bungalow Before & Afters: Kitchen & Living Room

Looking back at the photos we took the first time we set eyes on this property, it's hard to believe how far we have come. This home was the worst condition of any property we had ever purchased to rehab. You'll notice a mix of photos from the first view (full of discarded belongings) and the home after we had it cleaned out. Over the next few months, we hope to slowly add more before and afters of the home and detailed blog posts about decisions we made throughout the design process. But for now, here are a few of the before and after photos of the main living space you enter and see right when you walk in the front door. It used to be three separate rooms (and one very long hallway) that we opened up for a totally open-concept living space! For details on the finishes in the kitchen, check out our Pinterest board.

Bungalow Renovation Progress

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After months of design, planning and construction, we are approaching the final stage of work on this large brick bungalow that sits on a gas-lit street just one block from the Pleasant Ridge business district. The existing second floor was basically unusable when we bought it: with just a 4-foot-wide section of headroom and tapered ceilings from all sides, it simply didn't function as usable square footage. So we worked with an architect to completely remove the second story create a full-size second floor with almost 1,400 square feet of additional space.

Now, the "big brick bungalow" is a 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home with 2,750 square feet of living space above grade. Because we fully gutted the home and reworked its floor plan, it's full of features that many old houses in these popular Cincinnati neighborhoods lack: multiple large closets, a massive master suite, a first-floor guest suite, a first-floor office, a second floor laundry/craft room, a bonus/"play" room, fully open-concept living space, a new garage and more. Basically new construction from the inside out, the only thing about the home that is original is the brick exterior of the first floor and the basement/foundation.

We expect to finish work on this property by the end of March 2018. Stay up to date with our progress on our Instagram account for details and progress photos of this home, and check out the design finishes we've selected (tile, vanities and lighting) on our Pinterest board.