Total Home Makeover

6 Materials
6 Months
Hubby and I bought this 1953 fixer upper to try our hand at a total renovation. Our marriage survived and the home came out great. Learned lots of cost saving tricks and kept cost overruns at a minimum. Couldn't do all of the work ourselves but hired a great journeyman and carpenter to help. Home professionally assessed at 40% above total cost. Not too bad. Now a vacation rental for short-term stays.
Diamond in the Rough
This small home had sat vacant for years but had good bones. The home was built in 1953 and had no modern amenities. Small, boxy interior rooms, particle board walls, no central heat/air, tiny bathroom, low ceilings, small doors, no driveway, no garage, no storage, old cloth covered electrical wiring, no insulation, nosecurity system and a one butt kitchen. It was a total gut-job and complete renovation inside and out.
Adding driveway & Carport
Added a carport the length of the house, driveway, screened-in patio.
Original bathroom ...
Tiny bathroom with faux walls, old tub, tiny fixtures.
Bathroom After...
Completely renovated...replaced tub with walk-in shower, ADA height toilet, took space from hall closet to expand..all new floors, tiles, flooring, walls, & fixtures.
New kitchen
Kitchen was still small but added shelving instead of wall cabinets on one side of kitchen with top cabinets on side of kitchen with stove. Added all new appliances including microwave, stove, dishwasher, etc.
Storage problem solved
Converted old dining room to butlers pantry which also includes stackable washer/dryer in closet.. Breakfast bar collapses for more space
Home after... ready for landscaping...
Diamond has been polished and ready for display...Decided to put on line as a vacation rental...walking distance from Lake Huntley in Lake Placid, FL.
Suggested materials:
  • Gaf Timberline Asphalt Shingles   (Lowe's)
  • Brockton Shaker Style Cabines in ebony   (Lowe's)
  • Jeld-Wen Double hung windows in Vinyl   (Lowe's)
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  • Wendy Wendy on Aug 12, 2018

    This is incredible, wow wow! Thank you for sharing with us!