"After" pictures: Finally, our restoration is complete


Here is a Flickr set of "after" pictures since we purchased this home from the original owners' estate in Fall of 2008. Before pix can be seen here.

We've been restoring and refreshing this home -- while trying our best not to take away any of its original mid-century character or essence.

What we've done so far:
1) built a new extensive drainage system around the entire house. This was by far our biggest and most expensive improvement. It is also most likely to be the least appreciated -- until it rains.
2) installed new carpet.
3) installed new linoleum.
4) put in a new washer/dryer and refrigerator.
5) completed electrical upgrades and restored ailing light fixtures (look here for one example).
6) completed plumbing upgrades and improvements.
7) painted with new paint where needed.
8) installed new shower fixtures, new toilet seats and bath/shower enclosures.
9) had a full inspection of both sets of heater and A/C units plus installation of a new filter in the hallway (so we didn't have to climb on the roof to change the filter!)
10) installed new window coverings throughout.
11) rehabilitated the grasscloth closet panels.
12) replaced dilapidated exterior fixtures with period-appropriate Remcraft double bullets.
13) extensively cleaned all surfaces and fireplace.
14) updated and installed an automatic sprinkler system.
15) rehabilitated existing landscaping.
16) proactively maintained and repaired flat rooftop.
17) installed new wall exhaust fans in both bathrooms.
18) installed a metal plate under countertop above stovetop as additional protection against fire hazard.
19) installed six smoke detectors.

Voilà! She is done. For now.

10 comments:

kerriedaway said...

Everything about your ranch is completely amazing! But the Tikis in the backyard are clearly the jewel in the crown.

Gretchen said...

Thanks kerriedaway! The ranch is up the hill from the Eichler.

The Central Scrutinizer said...

Gretchen, that house looks amazing! I am really envious - I wish I could live there!

Gretchen said...

Thanks for your kind words, E!

Anonymous said...

Why on earth would you put carpet down on those fabulous hardwood floors? That makes me sad.

Other than that, the house looks great.

Gretchen said...

Thanks Anonymous -- to be clear, the fabulous wooden floors were installed by the original owner and were not in the areas where carpet was placed.

Anonymous said...

Oh, good to know! And with that in mind, you did an amazing job.

Gretchen said...

Thanks again, Anonymous :) We just tried to keep things as close to original intent as possible.

Sobayli said...

WOW! Nothing else to say....amazing job!! Simply amazing!

Gretchen said...

Thanks very much, Sobayli!