After Not Any Better Than Before

August 21st, 2010 · 27 Comments

Our readers enjoy Before & After house photos.  Usually the After photos look better than the Before photos.  Maybe not so much in this example.

Here we see the After shower of a remodeled Phoenix home.  A modern design was used to create this curvy Flintstone shower.  Let’s look at the practicality of it.  First, the shower seat will receive 40% of the water and looks like it will hold soapy water without draining.  Phoenix water is loaded with minerals and will leave hard watermarks when it evaporates.  Second, where do you put your shampoo, soap, and loofah sponge?  Third, there’s no light inside.  You’d have to face outward to see things at night (we’ll get to that at the end of this post).  Fourth, will the water splash out into the bathroom?  There’s no lip.  If you’re then forced to add a shower curtain, it will further reduce visibility.  Fifth, thanks to one of our readers for pointing it out, you’ll likely get wet when pre-heating the water due to the control handle’s location.

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Let’s check out the front of the house now.  This is the Before in 2004 when it sold for $127,000.

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It was listed for sale in 2007 for $349,000 (didn’t sell) and here it is again in 2008 (didn’t sell) with lattice and a gravel yard.

before after real estate photos curb appeal Phoenix Arizona home house

The view behind the lattice.  Worth $222,000 more?

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How it looked in January 2010 as a foreclosure home (no surprise); it sold for $56,000.  They removed $293,000 worth of lattice?

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And then the new owner remodeled the home and listed it this summer at $195,000.  What do you think of the new modern design?

before after real estate photos curb appeal Phoenix Arizona home house

Here’s another angle so you can appreciate the cut metal facade.

before after real estate photos curb appeal Phoenix Arizona home house

Here’s how the house looked inside in 2008.  Note the beautiful wood floor.  And use the middle wall with the mirror as a reference point.

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By January 2010, the wood floors were ruined.  How did that happen in 2 years?

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And here’s the After photo from summer 2010.  They removed the wood floors and the archway.  If that’s their idea of modern lighting…

before after real estate photos flooring interior space Phoenix Arizona home house

This was the kitchen in 2008.  Hardly worth $349,000 but better than summer 2010?

before after real estate photos kitchen Phoenix Arizona home house

The kitchen in summer 2010.  When you cook, you get to look at a blank wall.

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No other storage space seen.  No cabinets over the sink.

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The hall bathroom from January 2010.

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The bathroom from summer 2010.  Attention deficit disorder tile pattern?  Check out the showerhead!!!  Why is it so far over from the right?  Shouldn’t it line up with the tub?

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The previous owners added on the house.

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This is the master suite in summer 2010.  They polished the concrete floor.  Please note how you can see the shower from the bedroom.  Remember, with no lighting in the shower, the person will have to face out to see.  Be sure to wave to everyone.

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Here’s that modern shower again.  There is a drain.  But does splashed water spill out into the bedroom?

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Tags: Flooring · Landscaping · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Kitchen · Remodeling · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Before & After · Room Addition

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shane // Aug 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I’m guessing that weird shower is out back for before/after the pool. The wooden bench outside of it looks like it would be out back. In which case, I think it’s a pretty sweet shower. I’d use it.

  • 2 Shawnee // Aug 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

    UGH! Looks like the “remodeler” has been reading too much Dwell magazine!

  • 3 Mirth // Aug 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    That’s the worst remodel I’ve seen in awhile. The work itself is fine and I would assume it was done by a professional, but I suspect they didn’t use an architect or a designer. Also, I believe that the “shower head” in the guest bath is actually a light, I can see a bulb on the end. If you look in the mirror, you can see the real shower head on the opposite wall. Either way, it’s ugly. The whole thing needs to be redone to make it a truly livable space. What a waste.

  • 4 Teddy // Aug 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Appreciate all the before and after photos. After careful inspection, the tiled bathroom photo reveals the showerhead is reflected in the mirror as being in the proper position. The optical illusion occurs because it is actually the lovely modern LIGHT fixture over the sink with a clear bubble bulb. Dislike the other shower, creepy. And the metal facade on the house is just a hot mess.

  • 5 Murphy // Aug 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    This poor house looks like it has suffered from a series of botched plastic surgeries.

  • 6 Naomi // Aug 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    If anyone buys this house with the remodeled interior looking like a manufacturing facility I will be surprised. I don’t care for the weird ‘cutout’ around the roof line on the front of the house either. The loft look just doesn’t suit this home. Sorry.

  • 7 Melykin // Aug 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    At first I thought the shower was a bath tub, and the picture was taking looking straight down. If they were going for the gym locker room ambiance, they succeeded, what with the wooden bench and the concrete floor. (I hope it doesn’t smell like a gym locker room).

    And what says “cozy” like a nice concrete floor and tiny, high window in the bedroom.

    Metal on the outside and the concrete on the inside–looks like a factory, or a jail. Good luck trying to sell that place.

  • 8 El // Aug 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Yuck

  • 9 WildCard~ // Aug 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I tell you the Phoenix heat does something to folks~~~

  • 10 Melissa // Aug 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Ugh, the shower looks like a cave to me. And I hate those three feet tall house numbers on that ugly metal facade. This is the strangest house I’ve seen in a long time!

  • 11 PJ // Aug 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    What in the world was that person smoking when they came up with these UGLY designs? Maybe they think this is some sort of cool Urban Asian Design?

  • 12 Cregazw // Aug 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Strange…. I agree with Murphy’s comment.
    I like the light above the sink. ( I thought it was a shower head too.)
    Undecided about the exterior….

  • 13 Joeygoat // Aug 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    How in the heck does that shower drain? As for the fake Ikea/Scandinavian look in the kitchen, well, it failed. I hope they get any price for this mess of a house. As for the front porch, I would get rid of the lattice work and make it a screened in porch. There will be a sucker born every day, so this is house has hope.

  • 14 Kokuanani // Aug 22, 2010 at 12:32 am

    re Melykin: ***”At first I thought the shower was a bath tub, and the picture was taking looking straight down”***

    Oh, me too! It was only after reading your comment that I realized the picture WASN’T looking straight down.

  • 15 Val // Aug 22, 2010 at 4:02 am

    I have a few problems with this shower…not the least of which is the lack of a shampoo niche or the way the sloping bench could accumulate standing water. For one thing, the location of the water temperature control is on the back wall. Ideally, one should be able to turn on the water from outside the shower. With this setup, the user will get a nice,cold dousing before the water warms up. What a way to wake up!

    And let’s not forget the lack of a drain! I’m not certain, but that could be a code violation.

  • 16 PJ // Aug 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

    The shower shape reminds me of one of those carnival rides…

  • 17 dr // Aug 22, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Just walked by this house this morning (have been inside). You forgot to show the “new” siding on the house…wood pieces. All this exterior work was done without proper permits from the Historic Preservation office. And if you look closely at the interior work, it is cheap, shoddy, and ugly!

  • 18 maria // Aug 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

    This morning I had a lot of laughs reading everybody’s commentaries. Almost better than reading the Sunday New York Times.

  • 19 Joeygoat // Aug 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I think they want to get that ‘gas station’ feel with the new exterior. With people stealing copper from a/c units, how long will it be before someone steals the front of this house for scrap? Any bets?

  • 20 jat // Aug 23, 2010 at 6:39 am

    i personally want to firebomb any place that puts one of those insipid bowl sinks in. they are OUT, people OUT!!

  • 21 VWgal // Aug 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Wow. That poor home. Wow.

  • 22 ginger // Sep 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    this house was on our list of homes to look at back in 2008, but the price and lattice work scared us off. now, it is like a house of remodeling horrors! hide your kids, lock your doors…the call is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!!

  • 23 rainbowcreek // Sep 3, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Honestly I still haven’t stopped laughing at the 2008 price tag. And the whole thing is just hideous. What were they thinking?? And I hope someone does think to steal the facade for scrap, do the poor neighbors a favor anyway.

  • 24 german architect // Sep 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I think they did a good design job but they should have used better wood inside the house, for the kitchen e.g.. It’s the best one can make out of one of your boring American homes made out of orange crates, sorry.

  • 25 Angela // Mar 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Does no one see the shower drain but me? It’s towards the back, to the left.

  • 26 Angie // Jul 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    OUCH!! This remodels looks like a school project and didn’t quite make the A it wanted.

  • 27 Mac // Jan 21, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Funny, most people in Phoenix are anxious to cool off their homes, hot heat them up. The metal facade may have a toaster effect on the inside. I can appreciate the industrial look but it could have been done better.

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