Our Home: The Before

We wanted to make sure that we documented the before very throughly, as this will be our first major home renovation. We own a house in Florida, but putting in new floors, fixing the fence, knocking down some walls, and lots of paint are pretty minor compared to this long-term home renovation project!

Lot size: 1.08 acres

Built in 1951

Vinyl exterior

2040 square feet (approximately 1350 square feet finished)


Main floor (1210 square feet):

  • original hard wood floors with some water damage by windows
  • large family room
  • separate dining room
  • smaller and outdated kitchen (no dishwasher or microwave!)
  • walk in pantry with extremely small doorway
  • small enclosed back porch
  • 1 full bath that could be reconfigured for better use of space
  • 2 bedrooms (1 quite small but will work for a nursery!)
  • single pane non-tempered windows painted shut
  • some damaged sockets and non-grounded sockets


Daylight basement:

  • washer and dryer hookups
  • 1 bedroom
  • 3/4 bath
  • long and skinny storage room
  • walkout to small patio space under 1st floor deck
  • knob and tube wiring visible in unfinished ceilings

Detached 2 car garage

  • 1 door is set up with garage door opener but does not work


Upcoming Projects

Our first project will be replacing the front door. We are planning to paint the front door bright red (the color red is said to bring prosperity and adds a much needed pop of color). We are hoping that our next project will be to refinish the hardwood floors on the first floor before we get our furniture moved in.

One thought on “Our Home: The Before

  1. These pictures are inspiring a mass of flashbacks to when Amy and I bought our house in Minneapolis. Good call getting the floors refinished before load-in. We did that with our 1942-vintage house, and it made a tremendous difference. Our house has arched doorways and a walk-out basement too, with half the basement finished with a fireplace. We’re getting a fireplace insert installed on Monday. Upgrading bit by bit, as I’m sure you’ll do too.


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