Filed under: bardenisms,family,just because,my family,my town — admin at 1:28 am on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

You may have seen these photos already – from TWO years ago when Matt Neal Contracting, Inc. gave our house an amazing facelift!

We were going to tackle the back last year but then life happened. So – we did it this spring!

BUT – siding the back meant making the windows and doors what we wanted them to be long-term.

Which meant tackling the kitchen and the storage room that stood on the back of the kitchen.

Which meant combining those rooms together. Which meant a new foundation underneath the kitchen – because one didn’t exist.

Which meant looking at the roof – which needed to be redone.

Which meant new walls and flooring in the kitchen & new dining room.

Which meant a new stove since the existing one was hard wired into the floor. You get the idea.

Improve one thing and discover all the things that need to go along with that ONE new thing!

That has been our kitchen for the last 14 years – a kitchen that was claustrophobic. Dark. Depressing. Covered in carpet remnants.


That’s the view from the corner of the storage room – now our dining room!!

And from the back of the house – a packed full storage closet. Cold and serving no purpose but to house stuff we didn’t need.

And the back corner – looking out into the door that led to the porch that we never used.

AND NOW – beautiful windows opening up to our BEAUTIFUL deck!!

We found LOTS of interesting things ripping apart this old house!

And the beauty from ashes – INCREDIBLE!!!

Our vaulted ceiling! ABSOLUTELY DIVINE!!

Matt had the idea of the exposed wood. The floating beam and the one over the door were from the old storage room!

The boards framing the door and the corners were something Matt had in his shop and fit PERFECTLY in this new space!!

And the wood at the peak – the barn boards that were holding up the west end of the house!

Matt made a counter/table from an old door in his workshop – turning my vision into reality!!

Do you see that light above the sink?! I’ve never had one!! It’s miraculous!!

Isn’t it ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I still can’t believe that it’s really real and really DONE!!!


We are SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY with the finished product!!

Matt happens to be a friend of ours – and he’s done all the work on our house.

I can’t tell you how happy we are with his crew. Matt knew what I was looking for and several times made decisions that went above & beyond!!

I cannot believe that all the tools are gone. All the equipment off the deck. DONE.

In the span of a month (and a few days) (not including weekends and not EVERY day) Matt and his guys transformed our home into a thing of beauty.


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