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Our Third House

Our 3rd house was purchased when we moved back to Montana for Luke to attend grad school.  Like our first two homes it needed a lot of work.  It was in such poor condition that the neighbors were contemplating buying it just to demo the house and increase the size of their yard.

Entrance Before

 Entrance After
 Living Room Before
Living Room After
The living room felt isolated from the rest of the house.  The screen leading to the hallway was once a doorway. 
After - We reopened the door to the hallway which really improved the traffic flow
Kitchen Before
Kitchen After - The range is in the same place, everything else changed.
Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Master Bedroom Before
Master Bedroom After

  After - The end of the guest room became the master bathroom

Office Before
Office After

Pee Room - Not named for the pea green walls.  We found out from the neighbors that the previous owners did not allow their dogs inside.  The kids were the ones who ruined on the carpet.

Disco room - This eventually became the master bath and a guest room.

 The main floor bathroom was wider than usual because of the 66" bathtub.

 After - We gutted and rebuilt the room at 60" wide.  The extra space in adjacent hallway made a huge difference.
  The cellar could only be accessed from outside so it was not included as square footage when we purchased the house. The cellar was only accessible through the exterior stairs to the right.

 After - Added stairs and built a family room.  With this space now being counted as part of the house and having corrected the upstairs measurements the house is now 1868 sq ft.
 The cellar bathroom packed a whole lot of gross into a small space.
 After - We stripped everything down to bare concrete and started fresh.
Before - The back corner of the basement was wasted space.
After - We converted the back corner of the basement into a laundry room
 The back yard had a 12'x20' covered patio that was never used because there was no convenient access.  When we remodeled the kitchen we replaced the window with patio doors and added a small deck leading to the patio.
After - Poor construction and structural damage caused us to remove the roof and have an open patio instead.
  The garage had a flat roof that was in rough shape.  You could see daylight through the ceiling.  The neighbors were taking bets on when it would collapse.
 Garage Interior - The center beam lacked proper supports.  It had sagged by over 2".

I had hoped to stay in this house but Luke finished his master's degree and took a job 60 miles away.  After six months of commuting we sold the house and started on a new one.

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