On this day 4 years ago, we closed on a piece of crap, pre-forclosure, dump of a house. We saw the true potential of this house and have made it a home.
Here is a link of the "before" Before is in quotes, because this was the day of inspection, and therefore was "cleaned up". The house was in 10 times worse shape the day we saw it.
We did a lot of demo work ourselves, started renovations, then ran out of money and ambition. We lived for TWO years without a working kitchen, and cooked all our meals on either a one burner camp "stove" or on the BBQ.
In 2008, we hired a contractor and finished all the work. In all, we did the following: siding, windows, insulation, new kitchen, 2 new bathrooms, new walls and ceilling on the whole 1st floor, re-finished the floors on the 1st floor, new electric in the whole house, new plumbing, and so much little such - too much to list.
You can see all the pictures on our house website.