Wow, Zury! If you hadn't explained what had happened, I would never have guessed these photos were the same house! Beautiful! And I am SO impressed teh your husband did all that work himself. Dave is a love, but he's not very handy. (he's not even as handy as he THINKS he is!
) He's a CPA, and I (half)jokingly tell people that I couldn't find someone rich, so I married someone who would do my taxes!
We did a fair amount to our old (pre-kids) house, but we were both working full time then, with plenty of disposable income. Then we moved to the farm, and while this was the right move because it allowed me to keep my horses and continue riding, even though our income went way down, (I stopped working outside the home) it also made us SERIOUSLY tighten our belts. There was no extra money for "improvements"... just for maintenance.
Fortunately, both boys have chosen state universities, and I am working again. Between that and the unbelievably low mortgage rates, we were able to do the addition. Our net monthy costs will actually be almost exactly the same as before the addition because we were able to give up our office rental in the middle of town. (at least until the assessors see how much bigger the house is... then the taxes will hit!
I LOVE the photo of your son helping with the window... right down to the tool belt. While my kids hadn't been born when we added the family room to our current house, my nephew was over quite a bit "helping".