Two 'before' shots of the living room (and if you are wondering, those garbage bags are full of clothes because we were moving in - classy!).
It got worse before it got better. The living room became a storage area while the new kitchen was installed. See Farmer Joe's clothes drying in the bottom right corner? Remember, we were living in this. Unfortunately, I never took a picture of the worst stage, when the dining table was in the middle of the room and the fridge was next to the fireplace (which Farmer Joe loved - he could sit at the table, eat dinner, watch TV and get himself another beer, all without getting out of his seat).
There is a huge amount still to do - the front aluminum sliding door is to be replaced with a double white timber and glass opening door, three large artworks on canvas by local artists will be hung in the living room and entrance space (seen at rear) and smaller decorative touches such as a rug and table lamps, etc, are still needed (I am on the hunt, but the budget is groaning). I'm thinking a progress report on the dining room next if you guys are interested?