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Before & After Photos: Home Remodeling With A Love Story

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By Katie Carlson on Apr 2, 2015
Before & After Photos: Home Remodeling With A Love Story

Trina R. O'Connor, a cute girl from Huntington, NY has a DIY eye for design. As such, this isn’t your typical home remodeling story; it’s a story about love, determination and results. Trina gutted and remodeled her entire house and would like to share her journey. After reading this article, you should feel very confident completing your next home improvement project!


Trina and her husband had their first date at this house in 2008. Her husband had owned the house for 12 years. It was an old house with old appliances, a rundown bathroom and low ceilings. The house was built in 1925, nestled on a beautiful street overlooking a farm. From the first date in this house, Trina knew that this was going to be her future husband. She was right. He proposed three months later! Trina and her husband started the renovation in August 2009 and finished February 2010, all while also planning a wedding. If they can do it, so can you!



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So you decide you want to remodel your home (or maybe just a few rooms in your house), where do you start? It’s all about the planning process, and remember, it’s a process. Remodeling your home is a big project and you need to be prepared for the work it will take to get it all done. First, resolve what you would like to remodel, decide what you think is the most important project and start there. Prioritize. Is it a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom or your entire home? If you’re not comfortable with DIY, then you should consult a pro and share your ideas with them. They are the experts and can help guide you in the process. It’s important you find a contractor you trust.

I’m sure you’re thinking, yes, it would be nice to remodel my home, but what is the cost? How much am I going to have to invest? Well you’re in luck, because this is an important part of the planning process and Trina and I have pricing information and estimates to share.

Home Remodeling Costs

First, get a ballpark estimate of your pending project. Shop around and compare pricing in your location. Our exclusive cost guides calculate the cost of materials and installation keyed to your specific zip code. What better way to get prepared for your remodeling project.


The price of your home renovation, or room remodel, is going to fluctuate based on whether you are hiring outside help or planning to do it yourself. In this case, Trina did not use an interior designer or contractor. She decorated everything on her own. Trina’s husband has a degree in mechanical engineering (lucky lady!) and Master’s degree in special education. One of his colleagues is a shop teacher and a licensed contractor, so her husband, along with two other workers, re-built the entire house. This includes the roof that was restructured into cathedral ceilings with skylights.

If you like the idea, see how much it costs to install skylights.

DIY Improvements

New Bathroom

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I bet you’re dying to see what improvements Trina and her husband made. Take a peek. They took a small galley kitchen and made a huge kitchen complete with an island and all the bells and whistles. They remodeled the entire bathroom and moved the plumbing. The first bathroom was very small and dated with a blue toilet and an archaic blue tub.

Before and After Bathtub Remodel

They took one of the small bedrooms and made it into a bigger bathroom. This specific renovation required extensive plumbing work and lots of tile. The new shower is on the other side of room and can fit two people.

New Shower

In addition, Trina’s home had a small closed-in front porch. They opened it up and made it into a sitting room with a huge bay window that gets great light in the morning. Fancy!

Trina’s New House

New Bathtub Zoom

What a beautiful new bathtub! They both use the bathroom daily, but Trina uses it more when she needs her relaxation and personal spa time. What a great way to enjoy the new renovations.

New Paint

A new paint job and gorgeous light fixture can really brighten up a room. These are small touches that go a long way. Don’t just do it, do it right. It’s important to pay attention to the details and to make sure all of your new changes flow together.


Trina loves her home. It suits her and her husband. It makes her feel good that everyone who enters always says how peaceful, warm and inviting it feels. Even more impressive is that she and her husband did it themselves!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to do it on your own. ImproveNet is here to help.

Awesome job, Trina! Thanks for sharing your story with our readers.

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