We have been casually looking at houses to buy over the last 2-3 years since we knew we would one day outgrow our first home. Each house we toured had a list of pro’s and con’s but the con’s always seemed to be the dominate column. When we first toured the home we ended up purchasing...there wasn’t much to love except for one thing: location.
Location, location, location.
The age old buzz world in real estate. We loved the location of this home and the neighborhood. The house didn’t have much that could be spared and needed a total gut job...but we were up for the challenge.
We put an offer on the house and included a letter to the owners, an elderly couple, telling them how much we desired to make their home ours. I made sure to mention we wouldn’t be tearing it down, but remodeling it and had just done the same to our current home. Their realtor told us they had already received over 10 offers (that also included heartwarming letters) that had been rejected but for some reason (the kindness of the Lord)...they chose us!
The house is a 1960’s Florida ranch with a split floorplan layout and more formal living/dining areas than we would ever use. We plan to tear down lots of walls, repurpose living spaces for more functional space by adding a half bath, a larger laundry room off the kitchen and expanding existing closet space in some of the kids bedrooms. The ceilings are also super low so we are hopeful to add about 2 feet of height throughout the home. Due to the age of the home, we will also be redoing plumbing and electrical. It stinks because you can’t SEE where you are putting money into the house but it has to be done.
I want the house to be timeless and warm, yet with modern finishes. I have sprinkeld a few *inspiration photos throughout the post (most of which are from Maggie Griffin Design, my fav interior designer.)
I love good before and after photos...but it’s really only fun to see the end result next to the starting ones. There isn’t much to see here other than potential, so work with me as I navigate you through each room :)
We are anticipating the project to take around 10 months and demo is scheduled to start MONDAY! Give me a hammer and let’s get this thing rolling!
Alright, ready to see the house? Let’s go...
This is the formal living space with the doorway to the right leading into the master suite. We will raise the ceilings and move the fireplace from the current Florida room into the formal living room.
Another shot from the dining room.
And the lovely pool! We are removing the screen, beefing up the columns and hopefully resurfacing the pool deck (if budget allows...may have to put that on hold) I love that built in grill with the Chicago brick pavers and we are hopeful to salvage that!
Master Bath: taking it to the studs!
Bedroom #2. Taking it to the studs.
Guest Bath. Gutting and replacing everything.
Laundry Room. The door here leads to the garage and we plan to make this a mud room with cubbies for the kids and storage space.
Quite the project, right? This may be the craziest thing we’ve ever done but we are so hopeful for what this old home could become. Stay tuned as I share more room inspiration and the process along the way...