We bought our house almost exactly a year ago, and have been slowly changing it cosmetically to suit our tastes.  It’s such a beautiful house, and in such incredible condition, that we didn’t need to do much beyond painting and buying furniture. But now, a year later, it’s really ours now – our things, our lives, our patterns and habits, and our choices. So I wanted to take a moment and compare the original photos of our house, from the real estate listing, with some photos taken in the past few days, and see how different they are. We’re not done yet, of course – there are still a thousand projects and plans waiting for the right moments, materials, and money.  But here’s what we’ve done, one year later.

I tried to take these pictures standing in exactly the same locations as the original photos, with the same zoom and similar lighting conditions. 


The front of the house, Feb 08


The front of the house, March 09

The front of the house, March 09


Kitchen, Feb 08


Kitchen, March 09 (I couldn't get the lighting right here, sorry)

Kitchen, March 09 (I couldn't get the lighting right here, sorry)


Sunporch/Eat-in kitchen, Feb 08


Sunporch/Eat-in kitchen, March 09

Sunporch/Eat-in kitchen, March 09




Family Room, Feb 08


Family Room, March 09


Living Room, Feb 09


Now the Dining Room, March 09

Now the Dining Room, March 09


Front Room, Feb 08


Front Room/Library/Bar, March 09

Front Room/Library/Bar, March 09


Children's Bedroom, Feb 08


Guest Room, March 09

Guest Room, March 09


Master Bedroom, Feb 08

Master Bedroom, March 09

Master Bedroom, March 09



Third Bedroom, Feb 08


Office, March 09

Office, March 09

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13 Responses to Progress

  1. Jeff says:

    It seems that room names like kitchen, dining room, and bedroom are functional, but names like family room and living room are just placeholders for rooms without a specific function. I mean, aren’t all rooms living rooms, at least outside of funeral homes? I propose we follow the bedroom convention and call them things like couch room and chair room.

  2. wellmet says:

    I think that’s an excellent idea.

  3. Jeff says:

    Alternately, the somewhat archaic sitting room or drawing room. Interestingly, drawing room is derived from withdrawing room and has nothing to do with drawing in the usual sense, except that withdraw is derived from draw away. I am unable to find the connection among the many disparate meanings of draw, though.

  4. wellmet says:

    Does drawing room have anything to do with the Wild West quick draw? Cause if it doesn’t, I think it should.

  5. Jeff says:

    As far as I can tell, that draw represents the same morpheme, so in that sense, yes.

  6. wellmet says:

    Ah, I loves me a good morpheme.

  7. rebekahseats says:

    your house is GORGEOUS. seriously.

  8. wellmet says:

    Thanks, dear – I had a dream about you last night, btw.

  9. rebekahseats says:

    a nightmare? 🙂

  10. Sarah says:

    Heavens no. 🙂

  11. Jeff says:

    Ten, now eleven, comments is HUGE.

  12. Sarah says:

    I know, it’s a record. (And half of them are mine…)

  13. Mark says:

    Make that 13!!!

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