Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Dining + Living Rooms

Now that you’ve seen the outside, want to scope out the inside of the flip?

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

One of the great things about ranch homes is that they typically lend themselves to today’s modern, open-concept floor plans.  Most of the rooms line up with each other, so tweaks like widening doorways and taking down walls are pretty much all you need to bring these vintage homes into this century.

before and after floor plan

You can see in the floor plans above how we switched up the layout of this house just by changing a few walls.  First, we decided that having 3 living areas in this house was a bit redundant, so we turned the formal living room (with the bay window) into the formal dining room, and simply added a wall to turn what was originally the formal dining room into a 4th bedroom/office.  Then, we widened the doorway between the dining room and living room, as well as the doorway between the living room and kitchen.  Now, the floor plan is open and bright, and makes more sense for the size of the home.

Here’s how the front portion of the house looked when we bought it:

10th Flip - Before

And here’s that same view today:

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

Isn’t it crazy how you can add a few 2x4s and drywall and, voila!  You have a new room!

demo, framing & plumbing

(I’m adding a “Read More” link to my posts to help the pages load quicker, due to the number of photographs.  So click, there’s more!  :))

Here’s the formal dining room again, looking back towards the entryway:

10th Flip - Before

So much better now!

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

One of the things that went a long way towards making this dining room feel modern instead of dated is the new bay window.  Having 3 panes of glass instead of 6 (and without mullions) made a huge difference.

Changes to the Exterior

Probably the change that made the biggest impact on the feel of the space was opening up the doorway between the living and dining rooms.  The back part of the house was completely cut off from the front of the house, making the home feel compartmentalized and smaller than it really is (it’s over 2,600 square feet).  You can see in the photo below how small the doorway was originally (it’s that open area on the left-hand side of the photo):

demo, framing & plumbing

And here it is all opened up!  I love that now you can see the fireplace and the kitchen from the front door.

demo, framing & plumbing

The living room originally had some weird flooring – I’m not quite sure what it was, maybe cork? – so it got spruced up with hardwoods to match the rest of the house.

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Framing is one of my favorite stages of construction because you get to see how all of your ideas are going to pan out!

demo, framing & plumbing

After drywall…


And the official “after.”

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

To save you from scrolling forever, here’s a Photoshopped reminder of what the “before” looked like:

photoshopped living & dining during framing stage

(I forgot to take a “before” shot, so I Photoshopped this photo of the framing stage to simulate what the wall between the front and back of the house looked like before we began construction.)

The new framing really changed the view from the front door, but it also changed the whole vibe of the living room.  It went from being rather cave-like to being an open and bright space.  Here’s how it looked through the different phases of construction:

10th Flip - Before

During the framing stage we also opened up the doorway between the living room and the hallway, and added 2x4s to the “thin wall.”  We also removed the paneling and the beams – with all of the spaces being open to each other those two features just didn’t work with the new design.

demo, framing & plumbing

Drywall makes everything look soooo much better, don’t you think?


And here’s how everything turned out!  Taking down walls is always the answer, my friends.

 "After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

Below you can see the original doorway into the kitchen – the poor kitchen was isolated and sad.

10th Flip - Before

We opened up the wall to the ceiling, instead of just widening the doorway – that maximized the “open-ness” between the living room and kitchen.  We also closed up the exterior door that was there since there’s a powder room on the other side of that wall now.

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

Does everything look how you imagined it would?  That’s always the fun part for me, discovering how the image in my head matches up with reality.

If you have questions about anything, just let me know in the Comments!  :)

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  1. kristin says:

    AB.SO.LUTE.LY Stunning!!! (I have never written a word like that before!) This is just amazing! The spaciousness, the brightness. WOW! I love what you did. Isn’t it great there was the window already in the dining room that made placement for the study perfect? Love the light fixture in the dining area. And I would have thought “I have to have beams!” However, it probably does look better without! Who knew ranch living could be so glorious! You have outdone yourself–pat on the back mama! :)

  2. deb c says:

    Beautiful! I love it all especially the new floor plan!

  3. Linda Z says:

    Wow! So beautiful! It’s classic and modern feeling at the same time! You had such a beautiful vision! I can get over that bay window!! So pretty! That’s going to look so stunning with a dining table! The new owners must be thrilled!

  4. Julia says:

    it looks amazing! Even like the all white theme for the walls. It can look cold and unfinished, but not here! I am curious about the floor. What colour did you stain it? We want to refinish our oak hardwoods and are having a hard time picking a stain. Really like how yours turned out!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Hi Julia! The floors are DuraSeal Dark Walnut on red oak. Hope that helps! :)

  5. Aimee says:

    Fabulous, absolutely FABULOUS! Hard to believe the gorgeous transformation! I like so many things, but the flow is perhaps the most significant. Great job, Liz!

  6. Eva Z. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Can’t wait for more pictures! There are going to be more pictures, right??? LOL

  7. bridget | 623designs:interiors says:

    wow, really nice! you guys always do such a good job! do you mind sharing the wood flooring information? it’s so much better than what was originally there.

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Hi Bridget! Would you believe that it’s actually the original flooring, just sanded and restained? (Oh, the power of refinishing!) The only places we added wood were the formal living room and the entryway. The wood is 2 1/4 red oak with DuraSeal stain in Dark Walnut. Hope that helps!

  8. Melissa says:

    oh I love, love, love the bay window! I have original sash bay windows in both my living room and dining room and I adore the extra little bit of floor space they provide! I’d hate to live in a house without them now to be honest!

    And the floors turned out awesome! They’re perfect with the white walls – looks like such a nice, modern home now. I’m jealous!
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  9. Leslie says:

    Beautiful! What color are the walls in the dining room –

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Hi Leslie! The whole interior of the house is painted Sherwin Williams Pure White. :)

  10. Andrea says:

    This is looking absolutely beautiful. Yippee on the progress.

  11. Again, just amazing. So glad I found your blog, I’m absoulutely following, starting now! (-:

  12. Bridget says:

    Gorgeous. Love the windows.
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  13. Nadia says:

    Just turned a loyal follower.
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  14. Lindsay says:

    Nice touch to the floor
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  15. Sarahdelee says:

    I really like the way you transformed a custom kitchen design to more spacious one. The wall paint, floors also looks attractive. After watching these pictures, I decided to try similar kind of floors in my home, so please share the flooring information like type and cost of wood, available store etc..