Throwback Thursday – 15 years

It’s official!

We have lived in our house for 15 years now!

Can you believe it?  That sounds like forever to me!

I thought it would be fun to show you a few before and after photos.  And when I say “before” I really mean “before”!

Starting with – before there was even a house!

 How surreal it was when the builders broke ground!

Before we had a kitchen…

Yes, I took a picture of the kitchen windows because even then I insisted they were too high.  And 15 years later I am still complaining about them!

Yeah, there they are still too high.

Mark my word, that will change soon!

 Here I am inside our future fireplace in the family room.

And here is a current view from the kitchen into the family room.

The fireplace is only for Santa now.

 The front hall looked a bit different then.

I think I like it better now.

And here we are looking from the living room into the conservatory.

Here is the current view.

I hope you enjoyed this little flashback!

We sure have come a long way in 15 years…but we are not finished yet!

Because seriously…
Is a house ever really done?


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  1. Great flashbacks! I love the view from your kitchen into your family room. I can't wait to see what you do with the kitchen window.

  2. You have a lovely home! What fun to see it from the bones up. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!AlisonNancherrow

  3. Yes – you are right – that kitchen window is too high! Oh well, at least now you can say "I told you so"! 🙂 You have a lovely home – thanks for sharing some pictures of it! I think my favorite picture is the one that looks into the conservatory. I don't know why other than I am jealous that you have a conservatory and I don't! Haha

  4. Lovely home….and thanks for the comment about mine. 🙂 stop on by if you are ever in charleston, sc. we can sit on the back porch and have drink. PaulaLocksley Lane

  5. That was a fun tour, Shelley! Isn't it crazy how quickly time passes? After every project I do my husband always says, you must be about done with this place, right? HA! 🙂

  6. Ah that's so great! Your home is beautiful!! As a newbie to NJ, it seems to me like you have more land than average, which is really great too! We live in Bergen, and it's postage stamp-sized lots everywhere. We were very lucky to have found a big yard with the home we bought!

  7. Doesn't the time just fly by!! I love your home. And you are right, they are never finished…thank goodness. It's fun to always have a project;)

  8. I wish we could stay in one place that long! So exciting what you are doing!!! Conservatory…very cool.

  9. Wow I love your home's open floor plan! And the ceilings in your entryway are so high. Isn't it fun looking at before and after photos?

  10. Hi Shelley! I'm a new follower! I love all of your before and afters. I know exactly what those framers were thinking about the dumb window… they are all lined up on the outside. That is what my framer told me when I had him redo my laundry and kitchen window. I said, "I don't care if it's lined up outside. If I can't see out of it, what good is it to me?" He moved them and said, "Well, that's why we build houses out of wood." I am thinking… What is the exterior of your house? If it is siding, your window is an easy fix. It's easier to move it down then up. I would look into it ASAP, especially if it drives you nuts. You will say, Why didn't I do that years ago?! If you don't care about saving your current window, you can order a larger one and not have to piece the outside. I would call the distributor you used for windows and get them out for an estimate! Fill us in on what you do! Love your blog! xo, Emily

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