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Florida Home: Before Pics and Plans

Florida Home: Before Pics and Plans

Common audience and Instagram followers are knowledgeable that right after a long lookup, we bought a household in Florida. There are numerous explanations why we’re building this shift which I’ll go into in greater detail at a upcoming date. Mainly it is just a sensation that we require a alter soon after 40+ years residing in California.

We’ve talked of a distinctive way of living, just one that is comfortable and much more reasonably priced than the price of dwelling in California. Following driving all around the Gulf Coastline of Florida twice in the final 12 months, we narrowed our look for to Sarasota as a position to go. We like the community, the downtown, and the proximity to beautiful shorelines so we acquired a residence there as the two an financial investment and a upcoming household. I’ll be dwelling there in the summer season renovating the spot and we will reside permanently starting up this drop with my son finishing higher faculty in Florida.

How did we land on this residence? We started searching at new development households in Sarasota because we thought that would be most straightforward for making the move, but absolutely nothing was accessible to go into for at minimum a year, so we turned our focus to fixer uppers in neighborhoods we preferred. On the past working day we still left Florida this 1 popped up on the sector. We had to go speedy and provide a non-refundable deposit, but we were in agreement in just 48 hrs and the household was ours a few weeks afterwards.

We now possess a 3 bed room 2 bathtub 1960s solitary tale rancher with a excellent big garden and home to incorporate a pool! It is incredibly close to Siesta Key also. Considering the fact that I’ll be documenting the full renovation on the blog site, the finest place to commence this story is with the ‘Before’ visuals so you can see what we’re commencing with.

What is serendipitous is that this property arrived with brand name new furnishings. The home furniture is not my model at all, but the stroke of luck is that as a consequence I do not have to haul a bunch of household furniture throughout the nation. It is insane high priced to ship household furniture in a POD or truck or push it in a UHaul. The rates I obtained ranged from $10k for a POD and $19k for movers and I’d somewhat commit in the renovation, so we will be bringing just a number of personalized products and will make household furniture swaps in excess of time.

This dwelling will get a complete makeover best to bottom, we will be replacing flooring, renovating loos and the kitchen area, and also including a pool and tons of tropical botanicals to the backyard. Immediately after the ‘Before’ shots I share some inspiration pictures so you can see the look I’m likely for and some of the facts I’ll be together with.


Here is the kitchen, really dated but extremely clean! This is the excellent set up for me since I can live with this for a several months, there is no need to renovate immediately. It buys me time to come up with the excellent kitchen renovation system and not hurry selections. Even so 1 point that will improve right away is the arched florescent light fixture, I’ll swap it with some small and basic recessed or flush mounts alternatively.

The kitchen receives natural light-weight from the dining nook and breakfast nook on the reverse aspect and has good move into the neighborhood and eating areas. This one particular will be enjoyment to renovate down the road. That breakfast nook over and above will be a compact property workplace as an alternative. The eating area area is down below.

The kitchen sink and peninsula appear out into this dining space space. Like I talked about right before, the property arrived with new furniture. I’m grateful for it but it will be replaced with a wood desk and woven dining chairs that seat 6 to eight folks and wired for a definitely great chandelier to be identified.

Also… you are going to notice… SO.Lots of.VERTICAL.BLINDS and CEILING Admirers to exchange. There will be significantly dialogue on new window remedies and lights and supporters as I slowly update them about the residence.

This is the relatives room space, it came with these leather-based loungers which I’m sure my teens will love whilst they final but they won’t for very long, I’ll get a modern day sectional for this room. That wall leisure heart will be changed with a floating media credenza.


I also want to enclose this area and replace the carpet with tile so it’s extra of a sunroom and individual from the entry and dwelling home, pictured below. I’ll add double doorways to enclose it and individual it for personal Television viewing.

This is the entry and residing room, it is spacious and wide and will come with these turquoise overstuffed sofas. I’ve currently painted the blue walls white and swapped the coffee table and rug far too. Sooner or later I’ll sell and swap the sofas for extra tailored variations.


This is the hall lavatory, pretty clean but dated so this would be a person of the initially spaces to renovate. Goodbye florescent mild fixture, vanity, & tile, hello there fashionable makeover including new flooring, attractive wall tile, and a floating vanity.


The guest bed room comes with a matching furnishings established and mattress-in-a-bag linens. All this will modify around time, but the mattress is tremendous relaxed, I slept right here for four evenings. I’ll hold the mattress, but provide and replace anything else. This house will be developed for people and for when my daughter comes dwelling from college or university on weekends and holiday seasons.


This is the current “office” which will before long be my teenage son’s place. I have options to substitute these desks and build him a bed with a constructed in charging station. I’ve already drawn up the ideas for that and I’m looking ahead to constructing it for him!


This is the key bed room, it’s a much larger sizing which I like and it includes a further matching bedroom established and the similar mattress-in-a-bag linens. I’ll promote this home furniture and swap it with new home furniture that is my flavor.

The principal lavatory is smaller, so I’m looking at an growth because it’s situated at the again of the residence which would make an extension a chance. The adjacent closets are genuinely little so I like the strategy of an addition for a additional spacious lavatory off the key bedroom. For now, I’ll love that pink formica and tile. 🙂

We’re truly thrilled about this backyard, the massive tree is wonderful, I’ll light-weight it up with a twinkle lights and make inviting seating beneath. To the suitable there is a great deal of room to incorporate a pool!

What an experience suitable? I have not been this thrilled in decades! Right after a lengthy and weary pandemic, this is just the energetic injection we will need.

The design style of this renovation will be light-weight and brilliant, heaps of white and all-natural wooden, a modern coastal type with a touch of midcentury fashionable. Below are just a several inspiration pictures I’ve gathered in my *large* Pinterest board for this residence.

For the inside flooring, I’d like to refinish them in a whitewash tone reminiscent of the white sand seashores close by. For the kitchen area, I love the concept of pale wood cabinets and white tile.

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Pale green is also something I’m contemplating for kitchen cabinets.


For the eating area, gentle and dazzling is so desirable to me considering that it appears out to the backyard.

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For the bedrooms, serenity will be key! I’m loving muted hues and excess consolation.

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For the loos, I want vibrant tile in delicate hues. I just can’t get this minty inexperienced zelige tile out of my brain so I may possibly go with this shade in the hall bathroom.

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For the backyard, I’m contemplating of a glass pool enclosure and as numerous tropical botanicals as I can fit.


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and I have to contain an out of doors shower, ideal?

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It feels so fantastic to have my palms on this job and to be starting off a new chapter in a new home in a unique point out. I have presently painted the blue walls in the dwelling room white and created some home furnishings variations as well. Far more coming shortly.

I’m posting a complete video clip tour of the “before” areas on Instagram stories tomorrow if you want to get a come to feel for the flow of the home, glimpse for it there. The films include extra of the yard and the rear patio (not demonstrated). I’ll be commencing on this renovation in July, so substantially extra to occur!  This new house undertaking wants a identify or hashtag, what do you recommend?