S: The Parn Household
FC: Our First Home | 631 Eagle Drive Eagle, NE 68347
1: 631 Eagle Drive was the first home that we owned. Before purchasing this home, we had lived in a small apartment in Carbondale while Steve finished college, then we later upgraded to a two bedroom apartment in Lincoln when we became Nebraskans. We moved in to our first home on Laura's twenty-second birthday and lived there for nine years. We remodeled practically every square inch of the house while we lived there - truly making it our home! Our greatest accomplishment while residing at 631 Eagle Drive was the day that we were blessed to bring two beautiful babies home to live in their first house! When we found out that we were moving to the St. Louis area because Steve had been transferred for his job, we were so fantastically blessed to sell our house - for full asking price - in less than 24 hours! We will always remember our first home - and how God blessed us abundantly while we lived there! | As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. | Joshua 24:15
2: One of the original selling points for us was the huge shop in the backyard. Steve worked on many derby cars in this shop! The gravel, or more specifically all of the weeds that grew in the gravel, was a constant source of irritation!
3: The Back Yard | We loved the partially covered back porch!
4: Our entryway was originally very, very dark. When we bought the house the doors and carpet in the entryway were dark brown. The walls were a wheat stalk wallpaper. Painting, replacing the light fixture, and installing tile to lighten up the entryway were our first home projects! | The Living Room/Dining Room
5: The wheat stalk wallpaper originally extended up the stairs and down the hallway. Removing that much wallpaper convinced us that we would NEVER decorate with anything but paint! | The walls that were not wallpapered were all white, and the floor and window trim was originally dark brown. It took years, but we eventually got it all lightened up!
6: The Kitchen The kitchen originally had a ceiling fan, blue striped wallpaper, and back splash that matched the counter tops. After months of requesting a change of the back splash, one day Laura could not take it anymore! Steve came home that evening and found her ripping off the back splash with a crow bar. That was the day the kitchen remodel began. A tile back splash, new wall color, brushed nickel hardware, and updated sink, dishwasher, and stove later and the kitchen was freshened up! This picture makes the kitchen look way bigger than it actually was! The kitchen was perfect when there were just two of us living here, but when we doubled our family we quickly outgrew it. We knew that when we moved finding a larger kitchen was at the top of our list!
8: The Computer Room | We had fun with color in here! The orange stripes were definitely a fun feature. Lots and lots of school work occurred in this space, so it was important to keep it cheery!
9: The Hallway Bathroom | This bathroom was quite the challenge. After discovering a leak down the inside of the wall, Steve ripped the room down to the studs and started over. It took several months, but he did a great job!
10: This room was a guest room for a very long time. It was such a blessing to decorate for our precious babes! The timing of our move could not have been better. Emma and Logan slept in their cribs and shared a room until we moved, but it was definitely time for separate rooms and big kids beds (they were just over two years old)!
11: Emma & Logan's Room
12: Our Bedroom
13: Our bedroom was the last to be remodeled. Our master bath was also ripped down to the studs and redone. The original bath had a black tiled stand up shower that made you feel gross just looking at it! We loved the look of our new bathroom. The bedroom was actually a simple remodel. New paint, trim, and windows and it was good!
14: The Basement | This room was originally outfitted with white walls and orange linoleum! We gave it carpet, paint, and new windows!
15: The Guest Room | Two of the walls in this room were finished with a deep stucco look. It did add character, but took forever to paint!
16: The Playroom!
17: We finished the ceiling off in the playroom, painted, and put down a carpet remnant. We added the downstairs bathroom. There were many fun afternoons spent down here! | Storage/Laundry Room
18: A few of the "Befores" ...
20: More "Befores"