Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos

Well guys, we’ve officially been homeowners for 7 months now and still haven’t tackled much! To say that the renovation process has been a little intimidating with our recent work/travel schedules, plus finding out we have a baby on the way would be the understatement of the year.

Despite the fact that we’re moving along like sloths, I thought it would be fun to give you a run down of our general quick plans, before photos, and what we’ve done so far (albeit only the easy stuff, ha!). We’d LOVE to get your feedback on your renovation experiences, design input for each room, and everything in between as we go through the process.

Rather than sharing the entire house in one-go, I’m breaking it up by floors to make it a little easier to process for everyone, myself included, haha!

For your accurate viewing pleasure, I’ve included only iPhone photos for the real nitty gritty version, so let’s get straight into the before photos of our second floor plans and before photos in it’s current state…

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Right now we have the kitchen update slated to start in September. Everything in the space is the most basic you can buy since it was intended to be a rental, so all appliances need to be upgraded, as well as the countertops, fixtures, faucet, etc.

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

The kitchen connects to the dining room which has looked exactly the same since the day I moved in four years ago. I still love the table, but the “buffet” (aka Ikea furniture) has got to go!

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

The dining room connects to this empty, weird space in between the living room. We’re planning to make the bookshelf portion of the wall into an electric fireplace focal point when we re-do the living room.

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

The living room you’ve seen before, but it definitely needs some maturing/updating from our room makeover from two years ago.

The walls are all so stark and cold, so now that we own the house, we really want to do some molding and more custom pieces to make it a cozier second floor all around!

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Keep in mind that we’ve been living in the same townhome for almost four years now, so we’re very settled in compared to most new homeowners (you can read the story of buying our house here). I’ve found that this makes it a lot trickier to visualize new options for renovating that are outside of how we already have the space laid out, so we’d love your input!

The space has great bones to work with, and we LOVE all of the natural light, but the kitchen, dining room, and living room being in one large line sometimes feels stark/not super welcoming. Aside from the kitchen renovation, we plan to do most updates on this floor ourselves, minus the kitchen. That should be interesting with 20-foot tall ceilings in the living room, ha!

Keep an eye out for upcoming posts with design inspiration for each space before we get started with the renovation prcoess!

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos

Well guys, we’ve officially been homeowners for 7 months now and still haven’t tackled much! To say that the renovation process has been a little intimidating with our recent work/travel schedules, plus finding out we have a baby on the way would be the understatement of the year.

Despite the fact that we’re moving along like sloths, I thought it would be fun to give you a run down of our general quick plans, before photos, and what we’ve done so far (albeit only the easy stuff, ha!). We’d LOVE to get your feedback on your renovation experiences, design input for each room, and everything in between as we go through the process.

Rather than sharing the entire house in one-go, I’m breaking it up by floors to make it a little easier to process for everyone, myself included, haha!

For your accurate viewing pleasure, I’ve included only iPhone photos for the real nitty gritty version, so let’s get straight into the before photos of our second floor plans and before photos in it’s current state…

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Right now we have the kitchen update slated to start in September. Everything in the space is the most basic you can buy since it was intended to be a rental, so all appliances need to be upgraded, as well as the countertops, fixtures, faucet, etc.

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

The kitchen connects to the dining room which has looked exactly the same since the day I moved in four years ago. I still love the table, but the “buffet” (aka Ikea furniture) has got to go!

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

The dining room connects to this empty, weird space in between the living room. We’re planning to make the bookshelf portion of the wall into an electric fireplace focal point when we re-do the living room.

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

The living room you’ve seen before, but it definitely needs some maturing/updating from our room makeover from two years ago.

The walls are all so stark and cold, so now that we own the house, we really want to do some molding and more custom pieces to make it a cozier second floor all around!

Our Home Renovations: Our Second Floor Plans & Before Photos by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Keep in mind that we’ve been living in the same townhome for almost four years now, so we’re very settled in compared to most new homeowners (you can read the story of buying our house here). I’ve found that this makes it a lot trickier to visualize new options for renovating that are outside of how we already have the space laid out, so we’d love your input!

The space has great bones to work with, and we LOVE all of the natural light, but the kitchen, dining room, and living room being in one large line sometimes feels stark/not super welcoming. Aside from the kitchen renovation, we plan to do most updates on this floor ourselves, minus the kitchen. That should be interesting with 20-foot tall ceilings in the living room, ha!

Keep an eye out for upcoming posts with design inspiration for each space before we get started with the renovation prcoess!

Comments

  • Ginny Mapes

    07.19.17

    We love watching the Texas move and flip show. Several families buy all sorts of buildings, storage containers, etc, then move them to a lot and redo them. We love the show [I have probably messed up the title] but they do have some very nice, creative decorating solutions. Spend the most $ on your kitchen since it connects to the living space. I do not know if you enjoy cooking, since your food shots are not really for eating? [I loved your camera class.] But if you ever in the future resell, that top-notch kitchen will be a plus. With a baby on the way, future meals will be prepared there. Have fun, on your next big adventure —baby and decorating!

    • Ashley said:

      thanks so much for the advice Ginny, and sooo so glad you loved the class! we’ll definitely been spending a lot of time redoing the kitchen for sure.

  • Jill Catrinel

    07.19.17

    It sounds very similar to my living space – kitchen, dining area, and living room lined up with some awkward space bridging the gaps. I think your plans for a bookcase and fireplace will fill it out nicely. I used a large sideboard to fill in one awkward space and it tied the whole dining area together.

    • Thank you so much, Jill! We’re real excited to see how the fireplace turns out! And a sideboard sounds like a great idea to tie all the spaces together! xo

  • Jordan C.K

    07.20.17

    Waiting for your photos! Bet it will look amazing! Good luck!

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, Jordan! xo

  • Shawnda

    07.20.17

    I have no idea if I’m replying 3 years late or anything, but think maybe part of the “stark” feeling is because you have pure white walls, a white ceiling, white curtains and white cabinets. It seems from the rest of your furnishings that you aren’t afraid of color, so live a little! Even painting the walls with a fresh coat of white with a slight undertone might add some warmth. It’s messy, but many people are using color on their 5th walls (ceilings) these days. You have wonderful high ceilings, so if you did add some color there, it’s unlikely to feel oppressive.

    Also, if you want feedback on the layout, please provide a floorplan so we can see better how the spaces relate to one another and the relative sizes. I can’t wait to see what you do with the place now that you own it. You’ve got so many new things happening in your life, congratulations on all of it.

    • Ashley said:

      Hi Shawnda, thanks so much for the input! All the walls are white because we weren’t planning to invest in the space while renting. Now that we own, we’ll definitely be livening up the walls! When I do before posts for individual rooms, I’ll definitely include a floorplan! xo

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