The hubby just did something crazy…we sold our house, which was practically perfect for our family, and bought a “fixer-upper” in the neighborhood one stop light to the north of our old house. We made an offer on the house before ours was even on the market. The house is in a more established, well known neighborhood to the city of Parker, CO. We were able to buy low in a high neighborhood, in hopes that some initial sweat equity would add tremendous value to our home right away. And the driving force to us moving was that we needed (wanted) a bigger back yard for our kiddos. And we accomplished that! We went from having a house with a 5000 sqft lot to a home with a lot over 16000 sqft! There’s a little bit of a difference there…

Well, we’ve never remodeled a home before, so this experience was truly organic for us. Our old home was only 13 years old, and our new house is over 30 years old, and it showed throughout the house! The family who owned it before us lived there for 17 years and raised two kids. We gutted or re did every room in the house except for 2 bathrooms, in which we only painted. We slept on the floor, using air mattresses and sleeping bags, while the remodel was taking place. We had no chairs to sit on or tables to eat at. We lived out of suitcases and ate out for almost every dinner. One night, I made dinner in my crockpot while it was plugged in on the floor in our sun room. And I drank coffee from my hidden coffee pot behind a fire place. Memories were made for us that’s for sure!!! But, now 7 days out from the conclusion of our renovation, I am happy to say that our new house is coming along beautifully. And I’d love to share the transformation with you! 

Ok, lets start from when you first enter the front door. The house is a traditional colonial two-story home, so when you enter the house the stairs to take you up to four bedrooms and 2 baths, are right in front of you, as is the hallway taking you to the powder room and kitchen. To the left is the dining room which wraps around to the play room and kitchen. To the right, is the library connecting to the sunroom which wraps around to the family room, and the kitchen. The main level is one big circle. We chose to paint the house all one color, just to keep it looking simple and clean. No accent walls, and all of the trim was painted the same color as well. The people who lived here before us had all kinds of different colors going on! The fresh coat of paint on the walls and trim make the house feel clean and renewed.

Stairs going up from main level BEFORE…

AFTER…

To the right of the stairs, the hallway to the kitchen and powder room.

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To the left of the stairs, the dining room that loops to the play room and kitchen 

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To the right of the stairs, past the hallway to the kitchen, the library. 

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Right next to the library, the sun room, where Liam slept during the remodel! I don’t have a before pic, but here’s the AFTER….


Through the doors of the sunroom, the family room, where we camped out for most of the remodel…

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That brings us to the kitchen…the kitchen was pretty much half way remodeled when we bought it, new granite countertops, but it still had old, and most likely the original cabinets. So we had them refurbished and I ordered my own knobs from World Market. Yes, they are just randomly put on there, no rhyme or reason. 

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Next, is my amazing walk in pantry, which still doesn’t fit everything I have….how is that possible??!!!! There were shelves to the left as you walk with with a desk and drawers….ya I got rid of those…and am hopefully gonna build a wine wrack in its place….priorities people.  We also got rid of the mega huge microwave. Who puts a microwave in their pantry?? 

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And here’s a picture of the main level powder room 


Let’s head up stairs, shall we! 

The bedrooms and the basement (ok and the kitchen) had the biggest transformation. We took out all of the carpet in the bedrooms and replaced it with laminate. There was also a huge, white shelf in one of the bedrooms that was screwed to the wall that we demoed. And man, was it heavy! 

Bedrooms BEFORE…(some of the pics below and above that are the BEFORE pics, are from when we initially looked at the house and it still has the previous owners belongings…)


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The vanity in the master bedroom is actually in the bedroom. It had a single vanity, though it has plumbing for a double. It also had blue and white tiles, and again, most likely original brown cabinets. So we demoed the vanity top (and have yet to replace it!) and refurbished the cabinets. 

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Our walk in closet had a lot of character and home made built ins. We took some of those out and completely painted it, including the shelves and added the proper shelf supports. 

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Here’s a picture of the toilet and shower in our bedroom we will remodel someday!!! But right now, it’s works just fine for us😊 


We have a private balcony off our master bedroom, with a wonderful view of our backyard!


And a pic of the kids’ bathroom, or AKA the upstairs bath. 


Ok, down to the basement! 

The basement is well, awkward. You walk downstairs and to the left is a hallway with a 3/4 bath and the door to the garage. To the right is a door to a 5th bedroom, which has another door to a second non bedroom, laundry and storage. But it works! Again, we got rid of the carpet, and laid our own in the two rooms. We also laid laminate squares in the laundry room and demoed some shelving that was in storage. And who can forget a fresh coat of paint! The 5th bedroom we’ll use as a guest room, and the second room is the kids’ play room. 

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The lovely laundry room😂

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The hallway from in the basement at the bottom of the stairs, that leads to the garage, was lined with stone tile. The tile looked like it had not been done professionally and had about an inch or so of grout between the stone and the wall. And it also was broken in several places. So we decided to gut that floor and lay it with laminate. I cannot tell you how much nicer it looks and feels!!

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Last, but not least, pics of the yard, the entire reason we did this crazy move!! 

Front (see our new friends??)


BACK YARD….(see our new friends again??)


We have gotten a lot done since we bought the house mid March! My father and brother in law came over for a handy man day and knocked out about half of our 3 page list of things that need to be fixed in the house (which we have since added to!). We also have 28 windows in the house, and 16 of them are 76 inches long, and every one of those 28 need to be replaced! So far, we’ve bought 5 and are having the entire wood frame of those windows replaced. We are gonna replace the windows in phases, so we don’t get into debt. So hard to do only 5!!! But so far, we are loving our new home!! 

Until Next Time…

Have a fabulous day!!! 

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