Typical viewers and Instagram followers are mindful that right after a prolonged research, we bought a residence in Florida. There are numerous factors why we’re producing this shift which I’ll go into in increased detail at a potential day. Typically it’s just a emotion that we will need a modify after 40+ yrs residing in California.

We’ve talked of a diverse life-style, just one that is peaceful and far more reasonably priced than the price of dwelling in California. Just after driving all-around the Gulf Coastline of Florida 2 times in the previous year, we narrowed our research to Sarasota as a location to go. We like the neighborhood, the downtown, and the proximity to lovely shorelines so we bought a home there as both of those an investment decision and a upcoming household. I’ll be residing there in the summertime renovating the position and we will reside permanently commencing this slide with my son ending substantial faculty in Florida.

How did we land on this home? We started out wanting at new development households in Sarasota simply because we thought that would be least difficult for earning the transfer, but nothing at all was out there to move into for at the very least a year, so we turned our notice to fixer uppers in neighborhoods we preferred. On the very last working day we still left Florida this 1 popped up on the industry. We had to go quick and offer you a non-refundable deposit, but we had been in agreement in just 48 several hours and the home was ours 3 weeks later.

We now own a 3 bed room 2 tub 1960s solitary story rancher with a terrific massive garden and area to add a pool! It is pretty close to Siesta Important much too. Given that I’ll be documenting the complete renovation on the website, the best put to start this story is with the ‘Before’ illustrations or photos so you can see what we’re setting up with.

What is serendipitous is that this residence arrived with brand name new household furniture. The furnishings is not my fashion at all, but the stroke of luck is that as a final result I don’t have to haul a bunch of furnishings across the nation. It is insane pricey to ship home furniture in a POD or truck or travel it in a UHaul. The quotations I been given ranged from $10k for a POD and $19k for movers and I’d instead make investments in the renovation, so we will be bringing just a couple personalized things and will make furniture swaps more than time.

This property will get a entire makeover major to base, we will be changing flooring, renovating bogs and the kitchen area, and also including a pool and tons of tropical botanicals to the yard. Soon after the ‘Before’ photos I share some inspiration pictures so you can see the glance I’m likely for and some of the information I’ll be which include.


Listed here is the kitchen area, extremely dated but pretty clean up! This is the best set up for me because I can stay with this for a handful of months, there’s no will need to renovate immediately. It buys me time to occur up with the ideal kitchen area renovation plan and not rush decisions. On the other hand a single point that will modify quickly is the arched florescent gentle fixture, I’ll switch it with some modest and straightforward recessed or flush mounts instead.

The kitchen area will get normal mild from the dining nook and breakfast nook on the opposite facet and has terrific movement into the group and eating spaces. This one particular will be entertaining to renovate down the highway. That breakfast nook outside of will be a tiny house business as a substitute. The eating area area is under.

The kitchen sink and peninsula appear out into this eating area room. Like I outlined prior to, the property came with new home furniture. I’m grateful for it but it will be replaced with a wooden table and woven eating chairs that seat 6 to eight people today and wired for a actually cool chandelier to be determined.

Also… you will notice… SO.A lot of.VERTICAL.BLINDS and CEILING Enthusiasts to exchange. There will be substantially dialogue on new window remedies and lighting and admirers as I slowly and gradually update them all over the home.

This is the spouse and children room place, it arrived with these leather-based loungers which I’m sure my teens will like while they final but they won’t for prolonged, I’ll obtain a modern-day sectional for this place. That wall enjoyment center will be replaced with a floating media credenza.


I also want to enclose this area and change the carpet with tile so it’s additional of a sunroom and independent from the entry and residing room, pictured under. I’ll include double doorways to enclose it and different it for private Tv viewing.

This is the entry and residing place, it is spacious and wide and arrives with these turquoise overstuffed sofas. I’ve now painted the blue walls white and swapped the coffee table and rug as well. Eventually I’ll provide and swap the sofas for more tailor-made versions.


This is the corridor toilet, really clean but dated so this would be one particular of the to start with spaces to renovate. Goodbye florescent gentle fixture, self-importance, & tile, hi modern day makeover together with new flooring, wonderful wall tile, and a floating vainness.


The visitor bedroom will come with a matching home furniture set and mattress-in-a-bag linens. All this will adjust in excess of time, but the mattress is super snug, I slept here for 4 nights. I’ll continue to keep the mattress, but market and exchange almost everything else. This place will be built for readers and for when my daughter arrives house from college or university on weekends and holidays.


This is the recent “office” which will quickly be my teenage son’s home. I have designs to exchange these desks and construct him a bed with a developed in charging station. I’ve now drawn up the strategies for that and I’m searching ahead to setting up it for him!


This is the key bed room, it is a bigger dimension which I like and it incorporates an additional matching bedroom set and the very same bed-in-a-bag linens. I’ll sell this home furniture and switch it with new home furnishings which is my style.

The principal rest room is modest, so I’m considering an growth given that it’s situated at the again of the home which would make an extension a risk. The adjacent closets are definitely small so I like the plan of an addition for a additional roomy bathroom off the primary bedroom. For now, I’ll love that pink formica and tile. 🙂

We’re definitely psyched about this backyard, the massive tree is beautiful, I’ll mild it up with a twinkle lights and develop inviting seating underneath. To the suitable there is a good deal of house to insert a pool!

What an experience appropriate? I have not been this fired up in decades! Soon after a very long and weary pandemic, this is just the energetic injection we need.

The style and design fashion of this renovation will be light and vibrant, tons of white and natural wood, a modern day coastal design and style with a touch of midcentury modern day. In this article are just a number of inspiration photographs I’ve gathered in my *huge* Pinterest board for this home.

For the inside floors, I’d like to refinish them in a whitewash tone reminiscent of the white sand seashores near by. For the kitchen, I really like the notion of pale wood cabinets and white tile.

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Pale environmentally friendly is also a thing I’m thinking about for kitchen cabinets.


For the dining space, mild and vibrant is so appealing to me considering that it seems out to the backyard.

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For the bedrooms, serenity will be vital! I’m loving muted hues and additional comfort and ease.

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For the bogs, I want colourful tile in refined hues. I just can’t get this minty inexperienced zelige tile out of my intellect so I may possibly go with this shade in the corridor toilet.

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For the backyard, I’m considering of a glass pool enclosure and as several tropical botanicals as I can in good shape.


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and I will have to involve an outside shower, appropriate?

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It feels so excellent to have my palms on this project and to be starting off a new chapter in a new home in a distinct point out. I have by now painted the blue partitions in the residing place white and built some home furniture alterations as well. Additional coming soon.

I’m publishing a complete movie tour of the “before” areas on Instagram tales tomorrow if you want to get a really feel for the circulation of the house, seem for it there. The videos include things like extra of the yard and the rear patio (not proven). I’ll be starting up on this renovation in July, so substantially a lot more to come!  This new dwelling task wants a name or hashtag, what do you counsel?