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So, here it is at last – our final house after our complete renovation and remodelling project. There is still some work outstanding but I’ve kept you waiting long enough, so I’ve decided to go ahead and show you around.

If you haven’t already seen it (or if you haven’t seen it in a while), then you really need to watch the original video to see just how bad the condition of the house was when we first bought it. In total, the renovations took less than a year from the day purchase to the day we moved in and we are absolutely delighted with the final house.

The largest outstanding piece of work is the upstairs bathroom. While the plumbing work is complete we still need to install all of the fixtures and work on the tiling. We hope to have this room completed in the next few months. We also need to install the banisters on the stairs and landing. We have purchased the pieces for this and Arūnas is working on staining them to match the stairs. For safety we will probably get a professional to install them.

A number of small items remain outstanding, such as the extractor fan in the kitchen. Because I’m quite tall I wanted this to be a little higher than standard so I won’t bump my head. We finally got the piping cut to size – now we just need it installed.

Most of the furniture, including all of the kitchen units, is from IKEA. When you’re doing a full house in one go you need to make some compromises and, while we love the look of everything, some items are not as sturdy as we would have liked. We’re happy with it for now, but some items may be replaced in the future.

The house still needs lots of finishing touches, such as pictures on the walls and rugs on the floors. The upstairs bedrooms in particular look a bit bare and need a few more items of furniture to make them cosy.

If you have any questions on our remodelling process or on any of the furniture or fittings, please just ask – I’d be only too delighted to bore you with the details!

Here’s to me and Arūnas and many happy years in our beautiful new home.

The Original House:

Remodeling Begins:

The Remodeling Process:

The Final House:

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  1. Diana #

    It is so wonderful to see what you and your husband have done. This is so good for Lietuva. How is the cellar for the vegetables coming along?

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    April 5, 2017
    • Thanks Diana! Unfortunately we had to level the outside underground root cellar because it was flooded and was going to cost a fortune to drain and reinforce. We keep our root veggies in a shed, which is fine for all but the coldest months. In the future we plan to section off a small area of the shed and insulate it so that it works all year round, winter and summer.

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      April 6, 2017
  2. Shared. I watched all of the videos. Danny and I live and work at a state park . A few years ago We, as in park staff, Danny and I and contractors (when ABSOLUTELY NEEDED) did the same to our Cracker House. Ours meaning ours to live in while Danny is a Park Ranger.
    I enjoyed this. Thank you.

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    May 27, 2015
    • Delighted you enjoyed it, Sarah. Thanks for sharing!

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      May 27, 2015
  3. Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and Our Neck Of The Woods and commented:
    This really interested me because our Cracker House was totally remodeled except for the kitchen…..We did a lot there but I wanted the cabinets to stay. I will post these pictures soon.
    There are videos of everything here. Love this.

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    May 27, 2015
  4. WOW! Fantastic!

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    April 20, 2015
  5. Aldona #

    Hi June -Arūnai, rašau angliškai su klaidomis , tai geriau lietuviškai(Arūnas išvers ?!) Esat šaunuoliai , abu, labai gražiai susitvarkėt, smagu , kad esat optimistai ir labai pozityvūs. Didelės sėkmės ir gražaus gyvenimo Jums abiems !

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    March 28, 2015
  6. Beautiful reno! Congratulations!

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    March 27, 2015
  7. What a huge project, with such a beautiful and rewarding conclusion!

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    March 27, 2015
  8. I was so pleased to see a link to your website included with your House Hunter’s episode. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the amazing progress made. What a transformation! I love the new layout of the home. All of the bright rooms! Best wishes with your remaining projects and your home!

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    March 10, 2015
    • Thank you Corrie – much appreciated!

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      March 10, 2015
  9. Rachel Minnaar #

    Incredible renovation and beautiful house!

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    March 6, 2015
  10. Jurgita #

    Amazing transformation! Were you not afraid that some of those walls you wanted to knock down (and did) were load-barring walls? if it’s not a secret how much did you end up spending on these beautiful and detailed renovations? On House Hunters it was said that the house was selling for $30 K. Was all the work was done by you and Arunas (with the help of family)? I think the two of you could go into renovation business..:)

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    March 1, 2015
    • Hi Jurgita. The walls we took down were all wooden – you could have put your foot through them – so we knew they weren’t load bearing. I did all the design work (room size and layout, electrical sockets, light fixtures, kitchen, etc.) Arūnas acted as site foreman and oversaw all the work, but we did hire professionals to do the insulation, plumbing, wiring, roofing, install the kitchen and the new internal walls. Arūnas was the “runner” and assistant on all these jobs to keep costs to a minimum. We sourced all materials ourselves. The renovations cost roughly the same again as the house. Delighted you like it!

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      March 1, 2015
  11. Carrie Huente #

    Hi, June – I saw your House Hunters episode and loved your kitchen!! The room is so clean looking, I want to do something similar. I wondered if you have any problem where the wall board meets the countertop, for example, if something spills along the countertop and hits the wall board. Great renovation!!

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    March 1, 2015
    • Hi Carrie. We haven’t had a problem with that so far, but we do intend to put a plain white splash back across the west wall, behind the cooker and sink. There’s no splashes behind the cooker so far but there are quite a few behind the sink. The paint is wipeable so small marks come off easily, but there are a few stubborn marks behind the sink. We don’t want to interrupt the “flow” of the room so we will try to make the splash back as seamless as possible. Hope that helps! Thanks for checking out the blog. J.

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      March 1, 2015
  12. robinm910 #

    ok, a bit off topic maybe, please tell me the name of the music artists in the videos. It is just beautiful. And the house is amazing too!

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    February 18, 2015
    • Yeh, I could watch those videos for the music alone! They’re all Irish artists, although they’re pretty big internationally. The first video features Damien Dempsey, an amazing songwriter from Dublin. This particular song is from an album of traditional Irish songs that he made. The song was written by The Pogues but Damien’s version is so sweet and moving. (“Rainy night in Soho” from “The Rocky Road”.) The “transformation” video features Liam O Maonlai from the Hothouse Flowers. It’s from a fantastic album called “Bringing it all back home”, about the influence of Irish musicians on music in the US. His version of “The Lakes of Ponchartrain” is my favourite of all time. The “reveal” video features The Chieftains, an Irish trad band that have been around all my life. They made a few albums featuring major international artists. This song, “Raglan Road”, is an old trad song, sung by Joan Osborne. (From “Tears of Stone”.) Enjoy the music!

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      February 19, 2015
  13. Becky #

    I’m a big fan of House Hunters International I and I saw your episode last night. When I saw you were a food blogger I “looked you up” after the show and here I am! It was a great show and I admire you and your husband so much! It was so fun seeing the before and after video after just watching the show. So many times I wonder how major renovations go and wish they had follow up shows. So this was a real treat. Your home is beautiful and I thank you so much for sharing. Now I’m going to follow your blog and enjoy a taste of life in Lithuania. I am writing from the USA in Illinois.

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    February 18, 2015
    • Hi Becky! Thanks for coming to find us after watching the show. Those videos took a bit of time but I’m so glad I made them – they’re such a nice record of our journey. Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog! June.

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      February 18, 2015
  14. Geo-Thermal heating, wow. This is a lovely remodel. I live for southern sunshine in the winter. I love how airy and light filled you have made your home. May you enjoy many joyous years there.

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    February 2, 2015
    • Thanks Kim! The geo-thermal heating is great. It’s a bit expensive up front but so green and efficient it’s worth it. I love light in a house – it puts me in a good mood. Loving your photos, by the way!

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      February 2, 2015
  15. Love the kitchen without upper cabinets! And the wardrobe in the master bedroom. Everything looks great!

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    January 28, 2015
    • Thanks Katie! I’m enjoying watching your own renovations, too!

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      January 28, 2015
      • Very slowly coming together 😉 Didn’t help I’ve been sick the last couple of weeks too. Can’t wait to be done!

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        February 13, 2015
  16. Beth #

    There were terms I was not familiar with–like wet room and box room and conservatory. My hubby was sitting beside me and he explained that a wet room was where you took off your shoes and coats in the winter–at least that was what his was in Canada.

    The outside food storage is not new to me, but we used to call ours a cellar and the entrance was right down on the ground, with maybe a cement dome or sod for a roof. The door had to be pulled up and back to reveal the stair going in. We also used it for a shelter in tornado weather. All this brought back so many memories of my home in Texas, when I was a child.

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    January 27, 2015
    • Hey Beth. Yes, your husband is right about the wet room. We get lots of snow here in winter so we have lots of wet boots. A box room is just a small bedroom, usually with a single (twin) bed. Our door to the outside storage couldn’t face upwards like yours because it would get covered with deep snow in winter. That design is probably best suited to tornados – so there’s nothing to catch the wind. I lived in Texas for a short while when I was younger and remember all the tornado warnings on the TV. We had no shelter and I always wondered where I would go if one hit Austin!

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      January 27, 2015
  17. smfarm #

    Beautifully done! I love the sunroom! The whole house has a light and airy feel to it. Now what’s your next project? Goats maybe??

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    January 27, 2015
    • Thanks Julie! Goats are definitely on my wishlist, for milk and for entertainment. We also want chickens for meat. And of course there’s the garden, which is just one big pit at the moment, having been dug up for the heating. I have a plan for lots of fruit trees, a herb garden and maybe a deck. No time for dawdling!

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      January 27, 2015
  18. Well done to the two of you, June. Your house looks wonderful. What a transformation! May you live the lives you dream of in this beautiful space.

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    January 27, 2015
    • Cheers Jolandi! We’re very much looking forward to it.

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      January 27, 2015
  19. Well done June and Arunas, very impressed with all your hard work. xx

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    January 27, 2015
    • Thanks Liz! Not sure if you’re home or away, but hope you’re keeping well, x

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      January 27, 2015
  20. Love, love, love your sunroom. Actually your whole house is very bright and beautiful. You’ve got lots of space. I can see why you fell in love with it (minus that snow, brrrr, lol). Country living, you can’t beat it. Now you just need some horses in that pasture.

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    January 26, 2015
    • Thanks Susan! I would love a horse but I’m not sure Arūnas would be game. I think I might with something smaller and work my way up! I’m talking goats at the moment – nice entry-level animals, I reckon. Plus, lots of tasty milk!

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      January 26, 2015
      • Ah, goats are adorable. Good plan. Just remember they like to climb and eat gardens. Don’t let them near your stuff unsupervised. We’ve heard many a crafty goat story.

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        January 26, 2015
  21. Vow! I can hardly believe it’s the same house. You did one hell of a job transforming that old and somewhat sad house into this fabulous one

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    January 26, 2015
    • Thanks Asta! Sometimes I can’t believe it myself, especially when I watch that old video!

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      January 26, 2015
  22. Dammit, I can’t watch the video because of the music! Come on Germany!?

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    January 26, 2015
    • Try a different device if you have one, Linda. Sometimes it works on the laptop but not on the iPad. Unfortunately it’s impossible to pick music that will work everywhere and on all devices – sorry!

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      January 26, 2015
      • It’s probably banned in Germany on any device! They’re really strict about copyright, downloading, etc. here.

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        January 26, 2015
      • I clicked through all of your remodel videos and was looking forward to the final reveal, but like BerLinda I’m in Germany and we can’t watch the video because of it’s music connection 😦

        It was great to see your updates, though!

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        February 10, 2015
      • That’s such a shame, Kiki – sorry about that. I have found that I have music problems with some videos on my iPad but not on my laptop, so that might be worth trying. I’ll see if I can post it again without the music. Thanks for reading!

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        February 10, 2015
  23. Gary #

    Fantastic transformation…really exciting to watch from start to finish (and I love the music!). Many, many years of happiness.

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    January 26, 2015
    • Thanks Gary! Be sure to come and visit us sometime soon! x

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      January 26, 2015
  24. What a beautiful transformation! It is so worth the work. I love the wood doors and especially the sun room! The whole is is so beautiful and homey looking. Congratulations on nearly being done. 🙂

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    January 26, 2015
  25. Yay! Congrats!

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    January 26, 2015
  26. As we say here ‘chapeau’ to you … what a lovely home you have now – enjoy it! 🙂

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    January 26, 2015
  27. Fantastic June! Ye have done a fabulous job. May you enjoy many years of happiness in your beautiful home 🙂

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    January 26, 2015
  28. Lovely, you’ve both talent in renovations! A relief to be mostly finished, I’m sure. Enjoy your view!

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    January 26, 2015
  29. YAAAAH! 🙂

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    January 26, 2015
  30. Well done…. you’ve both done a beautiful job…. and lots of guest space for us all to come visit 🙂

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    January 25, 2015
    • You’re welcome any time, Margaret! You can help me talk Arūnas into getting some pigs!

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      January 25, 2015
  31. Astonishing transformation – said one who has gutted a few houses over the years. Loved the videos 🙂

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    January 25, 2015
    • Thanks Spike! Those videos take forever but I really love them when they’re finished.

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      January 25, 2015
      • The style of editing works very well I have to say – a gentle pace that helps us viewers actually appreciate what has been achieved.

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        January 25, 2015
  32. A beautiful, light and airy home. You must be really pleased how it turned out. Interesting that you decided not to have kitchen wall units. We made the same decision.

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    January 25, 2015
    • Thanks Andrew. We really are delighted with how it turned out – it was worth all the work. I think high kitchen units might have had their day – the current trend is a more uncluttered look. Can’t wait to see yours when it’s finished!

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      January 25, 2015

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