1970’s Fixer Upper!
I am so excited to finally share our new home and our very own fixer upper!
Almost September?! What?? I am so excited for this month for a couple reasons:
One, it is that much closer to Fall, which means cooler temperatures here in the South, and this girl is all about that! And most importantly, my husband comes home in just a few days!!! Give or take a day, or week, given it is the military and you never get your hopes up for anything.
So much has happened in the past 5 months he has been gone. We sold and moved out of our home that we bought together, and we bought another house that he has never seen in person! Hopefully he doesn’t come home and say “what did you buy?…”
If you want to see what we did with our first home you can see that post here!
This house is definitely a more intense fixer upper than our first house. It was built in the late 70’s and we bought it as is. It is a three bedroom, two bath ranch home and is a little over 1800 square feet. The best part about the house is we have a few friends that have also moved to the area and some good friends that bought the house right next door!
But now for the fun part…the inside! It was not the prettiest house on the street, but when I walked in, the house was just screaming for someone to bring it back to life!
This is the view when you first walk into the house. Isn’t that carpet lovely? One thing pictures don’t do is let you appreciate the smell of the house when you walk in. The house had been empty for a while, and the smell was overwhelming. I believe the previous owners had a lot of pets…
More carpet! This is the living room and on the other side of the wall is the kitchen. We plan on tearing most of the walls down to create an open concept floor plan.
I normally don’t mind a few walls, and open concept is not a must have on my wish list for a house, but in this case, it just works for the flow of the house.
Another wall coming down. On the other side is the formal living room. There are doors everywhere! Makes no sense…
Here is a good view of all the walls we plan on taking down! Everything you see we plan on taking down.
I know it doesn’t look like much, but I have big plans for the kitchen! I am so excited about the idea of designing the kitchen from scratch.
The cabinets do not look too bad from a distance, and usually I love repurposing things, but up close they are not salvageable, and kind of gross.
And more carpet…and paneling that is literally falling off the walls!
The big reason we loved the house so much was the backyard! It has a pool, which is pretty much a pond with our very own family of frogs. There is a great size yard on both sides of the pool and perfect space for our daughter and dogs. It has a giant magnolia tree, grapevine, and apple tree. Just so much potential in this yard, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
My husband grew up with a pool and he has so many good memories playing outside in the pool, so I am looking forward to creating our own memories here with our family.
Our previous home was on a major road so we never utilized the front yard. Our new home is on a quieter street and has two giant oak trees. They provide a lot of great shade, but also a ton of leaves on the ground and a HUGE root going right through the sidewalk. Any suggestions on these types of trees?? I grew up around pine trees and that is all I know about!
So if you are still with me and I didn’t scare you off yet, thank you for checking out our new home! I promise to have some pretty pictures of our renovations coming soon!
Let me know what you think! Am I crazy for buying this house or can you see the potential too?? 🙂 Keep checking back as I share more updates and projects as we fix up our 70’s fixer upper!