Home renovation | Redoing our in-law unit, inspiration & before pictures

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A few of you might have seen some sneak peaks on my Instagram account of a little something we’ve been working on downstairs – the renovation of our in-law unit. I realized I never shared anything about that, so here is a little post to put you all in the know :)

This in-law unit sits at the bottom of our house. The main (front) part of our house was built in 1920, and in 1965 the owner added to the back of the house – which became the new kitchen/dining area upstairs and an in-law unit on the floor below that. When we bought the house having this space was like a dream come true  – with family and friends coming to visit from Europe year-round, we didn’t have to worry about were to have them. The in-law unit has not been updated since it was built, aside a the fresh coat of paint before the previous owners put the house on the market. It is pretty much one big room with a kitchenette on one wall, and a bathroom next to that.

Most of these pictures are from the time when the house was on the market so it’s all staged. The two bathroom pictures are from when we started the renovation work.

inlaw before 1

inlaw before 2

inlaw reno before 3

The linoleum flooring was put right on top of the cement so it is always freezing cold to walk on. It is stained beyond repair, and no matter how much we clean it it always looks dirty. And the bathroom, well, I like pink, friends, but I guess sinks and toilets is where I draw a line 😀 But I love that space, it is open, has a nice brick wall/fireplace and with the right changes it’s going to look amazing, I just know it! So there we are, about to change it all and freshen it all up :) We are going for fresh, cosy/iniviting and as functional as possible – we want to use the space as a little studio when we don’t have guest arounds too.

in law inspiration 1

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The kitchenette:

studio inspiration 2


The room:

Bathroom: We are pretty much gutting it out and starting from scratch – although not changing the layout of anything- so I’ll write a separate post for that because I have so much to share and show you!

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8 Responses to “Home renovation | Redoing our in-law unit, inspiration & before pictures”
  1. Susan H. says:

    So envious. What are the dimensions? Is the bathroom tucked behind the kitchenette?

    • audrey says:

      The whole space is about 500 square feet, maybe a bit more? And yes, that’s where the bathroom is – see the couple steps to the left of the kitchenette? The door to the bathroom is to the left when you get to the top of the steps.

  2. Ju says:

    Wow wow wow !!! Congrats ! What a great project ! It’s so nice when you have a special place for guests, particularly when they don’t just drop by for a few hours after travelling quite a lot to see you 😉
    I can’t wait to see the after pictures. I love this kind of posts 😉
    Oh, and it’s great to have you back at blogging, congrats for finding the time :)
    I hope your pretty little ones are all great !

    • audrey says:

      yay, Ju! I miss you too :) Was so glad to see your comment, it’s been too long! How is life at home? Yes I can’t wait to share after pics – well, really, I can’t wait to be DONE with the renovation cause it’s a big mess everywhere right now 😀 It’s taking forever because well, like you said….finding the time. Not easy! Big hugs to you.

  3. sara albers says:

    Can I come and move in that in-law unit?!

  4. Belle says:

    Now I can’t wait to see the outcome of your renovations! I guess there’s a lot to work on but I know it would end up stunning.

  5. Rajrang says:

    Well it’s a beautiful house Audrey. I am wondering how it will look after the renovation. I really like the white theme living space with the little green touch. Thanks a lot for inspiring us.

    Good luck on your new project!

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