If you’re looking for inspiration to give your home a makeover, prepare to be wowed. These before and after shots show just how much an indoor space can be transformed.
Whether you’ve got a boring bathroom or a kitchen that takes you back to the 1950s, there’s always room for improvement!
James Watson, owner of Omaha Homes For Cash, completely transformed this dated kitchen into a stunning modern space for making your meals.
“The first thing we wanted to do was open it up to the dining room,” Watson said when we asked him about the job. “We removed the peninsula to provide the open concept we wanted. This made the kitchen feel so much bigger than it did before.”
It’s hard to believe this is the same room! Watson was delighted to discover beautiful hardwoods under the laminate flooring.
“Keeping and refinishing the hardwoods was a no brainer,” he said. For a modern look, he also replaced all of the cabinets and appliances and added plenty of subway tile to tie it all together.
“We also repositioned the sink to overlook the backyard rather than the driveway,” he added. “What makes it all pop though are the recessed lights we installed throughout the kitchen ceiling.”
When Kelly, the blogger behind Studio DIY, and her photographer husband, Jeff, started the search for their first home, they were specifically looking for a fixer-upper they could turn into a large renovation project. They found it in Los Angeles County in June 2017, and the entire project involved two bathrooms, a kitchen, primary bedroom and backyard.
The bathroom you see here was outdated and boring, with no personality.
The end result is far from boring. Kelly and Jeff created a luxe, inviting space, with a stunning walk-in shower. If you’ve ever thought that pink and green just don’t go together, think again.
Kelly and Jeff’s love of color continued throughout their home renovation. The kitchen already included shades of pink, but it was in need of modernization and a style overhaul. The beautiful arched entrance remained a staple, of course.
The kitchen makeover included new flooring, appliances, cabinets, countertops, skylights, open shelves, a farmhouse sink and lighting. The bright pink that was on the cabinets was replaced with a softer shade, while brightly colored accessories added pops of contrast. The finished project is sleek and modern, but still has a stylish retro vibe.
Hilary Mork, an interior designer with Colorado’s Collective Design Group, shared one of her projects with us, which included a major update to the living space. A big part of the remodel was stripping the dark, traditional look of the log accent wall.
“We added a neutral wash to make the room look larger and brighter,” Mork said. The results were drastic!
As with all of her projects, Mork made sure the details and pieces were thoughtfully chosen to reflect the clients’ lifestyle and aesthetic. “Textures play a huge role in making a space warm, inviting and unique,” Mork said. “My clients and I were able to work together to design stunning, custom area rugs which tied the whole space all together.”
In the same home, Mork worked with her clients to update the kitchen — another room where the owners frequently gathered. The existing room was dark, and the layout made it look cramped. But the potential was there for a fabulous makeover.
What Mork did with the space truly made it look like a new room.
The transformation involved pushing the kitchen island out to create more space. The cabinets were updated to a neutral wash, the tiles were replaced with lighter ones and the hardware was replaced. The addition of a custom wet bar created a truly exciting, contemporary area to entertain.
Real estate consultant Will Rodgers, who is based in northern Virginia, renovated the kitchen in a 1950s home that you see here.
“Our goals were to open up the space, brighten it and make it appeal to a modern buyer,” Rodgers said. “To do this, we removed a wall that ran along the front, separating the dining room.”
Rodgers also put in seven recessed LED lights in place of the single light fixture, and modernized the space with light gray counters and white cabinets.
“There were some challenges, mostly related to the age of the home,” he told us. “We had to replace a lot more plumbing and electrical in the kitchen than we had anticipated. There were also sections of the plaster walls that needed to be replaced once exposed by removing cabinets.”
Zane Levin, an architect with Collective Design Group, recently completed a huge redesign project. The clients were looking to update everything about their home, apart from the roof and walls.
“We completely stripped the house down to the studs,” Levin said. “It was a lot like a new construction build because it was a huge undertaking and we did so much.”
Here’s a look at one room that will give you a general idea of how dark and dull the interior looked before.
Part of the remodel was the creation of an open concept in the kitchen, living and dining areas. The result is a huge space, decorated in neutral colors with stunning statement pieces. This new look makes the place just beg to host a large gathering of friends and family.
It’s hard to believe it’s the same house.
Henry Angeli III of Henry Buys Homes, LLC, a real estate investor and agent in Jacksonville, Florida, buys distressed properties and often fixes them up before selling them. One of the flips he’s most proud of involved removing a wall between the kitchen and living room and installing a beam for support.
“This made a huge difference in opening up the floor plan and space,” Angeli told us of the project that you see here.
As well as knocking out the wall, Angeli removed and redesigned the kitchen, and completely changed the color scheme of the interior.
“The goal was to open up the floor plan, as that is the preferred layout for most buyers today and it also makes the space feel and look much larger,” he said.
The end result is a bright, airy, attractive space that’s full of inviting light.
Jordan and Barry, aka the Brownstone Boys, are going through the process of restoring their 130-year-old Brooklyn brownstone and have also worked with others on their own brownstone renovations. In December 2020, the guys completed a nine-month, full-home renovation for influencer SimplyCyn.
“Every New Yorker dreams of outdoor space!” the pair said. “We added a steel deck eighth off the kitchen that has an outdoor-room vibe and opened up the entire back of the building.”
That considerable renovation work was all done with the guidance of a structural engineer.
The Brownstone Boys added a huge glass sliding door with grids from Pella Windows and finished off the deck with a custom outdoor porcelain tile from Walker Zanger.
“The pattern of the star and cross is just so beautiful, and the black steel deck and modern glass partition are a really nice contrast to the old rowhouse,” they said. “It’s easy to picture many brunch cocktails and evenings of al fresco dining happening on that deck!”
GreatBuildz, a free service that matches and connects homeowners with reliable, thoroughly screened general contractors throughout Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County in California, was instrumental in this kitchen remodel in Thousand Oaks.
The client bought a fixer-upper for his growing family and loved the design of the house, but he knew it needed work to make it a “home.” The homeowner also liked getting his hands dirty and wanted to be involved in the project, so he wanted to find a contractor who was open to it but could also help get the project done right.
As you can see, this kitchen was straight out of a bygone era.
What a transformation! The full kitchen remodel included knocking down a load-bearing wall to create a much more open space for cooking and hosting. In case you wondered, it wasn’t a cheap or quick job.
“A project like this can cost around $60,000 and can take approximately two months,” a GreatBuildz spokesperson told us.
The Brownstone Boys converted a one-bedroom/one-bathroom apartment into a two-bedroom/two-bathroom residence. The place hadn’t been renovated since the 1970s.
“It had so much original detail that needed to be restored and all of the horrible ’70s ‘updates’ needed to go!” they said.
Part of the project involved the back of the parlor apartment, which was converted into a large primary bedroom.
The Brownstone Boys kept the original pocket doors but removed the dark varnish and changed the glass to something beautifully opaque.
“It’s now our favorite feature in this gorgeous home — and what an entrance to a bedroom!” they told us. Of course, that wasn’t all they did. Everything from the flooring to the lighting was also updated.
Phoenix-based designer, realtor and house flipper James Judge describes himself as an “all-around house-a-holic.” That’s clear from his awesome home makeovers! Judge got particularly creative with this one, eliminating all the closets in the guest bedroom to give more space to the primary bedroom.
As always, there were challenges.
“Due to the ductwork, we needed to keep a soffit, but my solution was to make a period-style archway that matches the others in the home to create an alcove for the bed,” Judge said. “This made it look like it was always part of the home, but also added the extra space we needed to make this bedroom larger.”
The Brownstone Boys’ own home needed a lot of work.
“All of the original woodwork was covered in layers and layers of paint, and there were an obscene amount of bedrooms carving up every corner,” they said. “The configuration just did not work with our lifestyle.”
The Boys knew they wanted the parlor area to be the main focus.
“We took out a very odd kitchen that was in the middle of the living room and put the kitchen facing the back of the brownstone, where lots of light streams in the tall windows,” they said.
They strip all the original wood and restored the plaster moldings, with the intention to repaint them all. But the pair told us they kept the wood natural after seeing “how beautiful” it was.
“These original features are the reason we wanted to buy a historical home so it makes us so happy to see them shine again,” they said. “The new layout allowed for an open space that can now be enjoyed by our guests and us!”
Another of James Judge’s projects shows how alterations to a hallway can completely change the look and feel of the surrounding spaces. The opening with shelves in it, seen on the right wall here, became the inspiration for a larger version in the same spot, which would act as a division for the dining area.
“This created a more open concept while also adding visual interest,” Judge said. “I often get asked about removing walls but when I really think about it, usually we are creating openings and not actually removing the wall.”
Creating openings in walls instead of removing walls helps to reduce cost and also helps to maintain the original footprint, Judge told us.
“More importantly, it gives the opportunity to maintain the integrity of an older home and create something that unifies with the home’s original style,” he said. “As a result, people need to ask, ‘Was it always like this?'”