Newly engaged and eager to finally have a space of our own, my husband and I bought our first house in 2015. We had rented for years, almost moving every year. After renting house after house we continuously found ourselves inspired to add our own style to our space which was difficult when you live in a house that belongs to someone else.
So with 6 months still remaining on our lease, on a house in a less than desirable neighborhood, we got our ducks in a row and started searching. After putting in three different offers and getting out-bid each time we started to get discouraged. Then we found a house that I liked to call “beige with a side of potential.” Built in 1961, this ranch-style home was previously renovated in the 80’s and was then bought by a property management agency in 2012 and had been rented for the past 3 years. It is a cozy 1,269 sq. ft. home with 3 beds and 2 baths, an updated kitchen and a covered carport. We were sold!
Now to clarify, by updated I mean builder grade special, top to bottom. Builder grade cabinets in the kitchen and in the bathrooms. The same tile that was used for the kitchen floor was used on the floor in both bathrooms and was in the stand-in shower of the master bath. This orange, faux terra cotta printed ceramic tile was paired with a “lovely” (note the sarcasm) beige, flat finish paint color… that. covered. the. whole. house…. THE WHOLE HOUSE! Kitchen: flat beige paint. Bathrooms: flat beige paint that showed the dried dingy water marks when the walls would sweat after a shower.
It had it’s trouble areas but ultimately it was in the neighborhood we loved, it had all of the things we were looking for and most of the major updates had already taken place, but most importantly, it was ours! We were beyond excited to get started making this house our home together.
Since April 2015 we have updated the look of the house a lot. We are just getting started but I figured an introduction was a good place to start. Be sure to check back for updates and links to all of our projects that we have done thus far.
We have plans to: Add landscaping, paint the brick, update the siding, add carport screen.
We changed: Fireplace, Painted walls.
We have plans to: Add Bookcase, Audio/Visual Organization.
We have already: Painted, replaced faucet, changed light fixtures, added storage to the pantry.
We have plans to:, Turn the door into a window, turn the window into a french door, continue cabinets around to create a u-shaped layout.
We have already: Painted, added cabinets, added lighting.
We have plans to: Add a screen to hide the water heater.
We have already: Painted, changed light fixture.
We have plans to: Add a gallery wall.
We have plans to: refinish the side tables, add art.
We have plans to: Change hardware on vanity, add framed art above toilet.
We have plans to: Conver to a small photo studio / guest bedroom
We added: Standing desk work space.
We have plans to: Paint reconfigure the desks to maximize space.
We have plans to: Refinish deck, add storage for firewood, add storage for kayaks, add a garden shed, landscaping.