To say this office is a project of love is a bit of an understatement. I have put so much sweat and tears into this office space, but am so proud of its progress! Read on to see what else we've updated in our sweet little green house Martin and I are running our law firm out of.
The Before Photo is how we first saw the house on March 12th...a little bit worse for wear. And the second After Photo was taken just yesterday!
In case your new here, my husband (Martin) and I recently just moved from Abilene, Texas to Round Rock, Texas. We're both attorneys and run a law firm together called Fergus + Tomanka, PLLC. We JUST moved into our office space this week and I feel like life has been a blur lately -- probably because it has.
Martin and I kind of moved to Round Rock on a spur of the moment decision that we made in ONE weekend and ONE trip to visit that we took to "just look around."
We normally are NOT ones to make such rash decisions, but we've honestly been saving up and discussing it for years now. When it came down to it, finding the PERFECT office was just the first thing that just fell perfectly in line for us to move.
We first saw our office space on a Friday afternoon on March 12th and grabbed a beer and pizza downtown afterwards. Martin and I decided to move as we ate and drank - it just felt right. The next day, we found an apartment to rent while we figured out how to move our law office from West Texas to the Hill Country.
By the beginning of April, we had stopped taking on new clients in Abilene, stopped all advertising, and took down our website. We moved into our new apartment on May 3rd, but decided to wait out our three year office lease until June 15th. So the six weeks between moving to Round Rock and moving our office to Round Rock was very ...transitional. There were weeks where I saw Martin less than half of the week because we were both back and forth for cases, hearings, and administrative tasks.
It was hard saying goodbye to my office + that view!
If you want to see my office fully furnished before we started packing, read this post on How I Styled My Office.
For the history buffs out-there like me, this is an old historic house that I'm still getting information on (I'll update you guys on the details - I promise!) It was previously located on another property, but after the land was sold the new owners wanted to tear the house down, rather than let that happen, our landlords moved the house off of the land to save the history of this house. We are so grateful they did! It is now located in downtown Round Rock at 803 E. Liberty St. Round Rock, Texas.
Like I said, this is what we saw on March 12th - before it was given any TLC!
WHAT WE CHANGED
Since the house was relocated, it needed a few months to get set back up and ready to be an office space again, which was perfect for us since we needed to get through the rest of our office lease in Abilene.
As the house was already in the middle of this renovation process, we got lucky and got to pick out a few of the changes as long as they were in line with the Preservation Committee's historic standards!
Just to change the trim, we had to go through the Round Rock Preservation Committee to get approval, which took a few weeks. This is because historic buildings have very strict rules on making any changes to the buildings; any change has to be historically accurate.
WE CHANGED THE TRIM
I wasn't a fan of the red trim. Luckily, we got to pick out a pretty dark green trim that now covers the trim surrounding the house and the patio!
WE PAINTED THE FRONT DOOR FROM RED TO WHITE
Then, we added the second door with green trim that is original to the house and matches the paneling on the house.
WE PAINTED INSIDE + OUTSIDE
The inside also got a new paint job as well - a calming mint with white and grey trim.
And the outside got a paint job all over as well in the same light mint color (along with the trim change!)
WE GOT RID OF THE BARS ON THE WINDOWS
WE ADDED ALL NEW SHELVING IN THE KITCHEN
WE ADDED ALL THE ORIGINAL PIECES BACK THAT WE COULD
WE ADDED A WHEELCHAIR RAMP
WE MADE A PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BATHROOM WITH NEW PLUMBING
ADDED THE HISTORIC DOORS BACK ON ALL THE ROOMS
And because I can't help but swoon over the details of this gorgeous little house - here's a peek at the details. Be sure to use the arrow to SCROLL through the photos and see the details up close. :)
I personally love all of the detailing.on the doors and windows the most. I also love the fact that we have original glass from the early 1900s in the house. You can tell because you can see visible lines and streaks in the glass itself!