We often get asked to provide before and after photos on our website. We'd love to do so, but it's problematic. On the one hand, without showing how we have transformed a space, we can't get full credit for it. For all you know, looking at the finished picture, we might have just put up some wallpaper and curtains and slapped a vase on a console table. In reality that space may have originally been a boarded-up, decommissioned dumb waiter shaft. But on the other hand, some people have a hard time translating before and after images, as we have changed the space so much it becomes unrecognisable and the photos bear very little or no resemblance to each other.
For example, here are 3 areas of a project we have recently completed (although the "after" photos were taken a few weeks before finishing). Even though the transformations are quite dramatic, the images are taken from the same position and you can see that some features remain.
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But how do you show photos when the area is unrecognisable?
Take this view, for example:
In this space we have added several walls and a corridor to create a study and master bedroom. The after photos make very little visual sense. The below photo was taken in more or less the same spot, the one below it shows the area around the windows. Without carefully pointing this out, a potential client quickly browsing through your portfolio isn't really going to see what you've created.
So that's why we don't often show before and afters. In the end, it doesn't really matter what it looked like before, it's the finished result that the client wants that counts.
If you are interested in how we alter layouts to save, or rearrange space, floor plans are a far more accessible medium to display this. Check out our other blogs on space saving.