• Casey Littler

Before the "before & after"

Before I start sharing before and after photos of our renovation in Te Puke, which I know we all LOVE to see, I wanted to share a bit more content behind this property. I will be sharing a lot of information and tips from this renovation in future blogs and I hope it can help inspire and educate you, for your own projects.

But for now, I wanted you to see that there is a lot more that goes on in the "in-between" of before and afters. This became really apparent to me as I created a pamphlet showcasing the images. When put next to one another, it kind of appears that we just put a lick of paint on the walls and updated the floors. But there is SO much more that goes on in the process to achieving that final result.

Before and after photos do not showcase the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into the home. How this house was literally ripped open and exposed, pulled apart, cut down and then put back together again. The hours spent getting the wallpaper off and achieving smooth walls. Replacing ceilings, plumbing pipes, wiring, windows, and the entire cladding!

It was a massive project and we went over budget, which we expected. That is the other thing with renovations, you simply do not know what you are in for until you start. We went into this project thinking we would keep it simple and just give her a bit of a facelift, however, it has become apparent that Ben and I simply can't do things by halves. Once one job was complete it showcased how ugly another one was and that we needed to replace it or fix it.

But we are so happy with the results and although it will never be perfect, no renovation ever is, we ensured it was all done properly.

I look forward to sharing the before and after photos very soon, we are just waiting on some exterior photos as the weather was not playing ball on the day of the photoshoot. I will be sharing more on the interior design of the house and why I made the choices we did. We also videos a lot of the project, so I look forward to editing a showreel of the process. So much goodness!

But for now, here's a bit more of an inside into the core of this project. My husband Ben and his brother Max worked so hard and I am so proud of them both for bringing my ideas to life!

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