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A Peek Inside Our Fixer Upper

Almost two years ago exactly, Ray and I bought a 'fixer upper'. We weren't exactly looking for a home that needed to be completely updated, but there were so few available properties on the market that we thought, if we happen to find a place with potential in a great location, let's do it.

Well, as luck would have it, we stumbled upon a 1976 ranch home in a "Leave It To Beaver"-style neighborhood located in a lovely little town. We found ourselves bidding against only two other parties, which was almost unheard of. When we look back at that period of time, we feel very lucky that all of the other offers we made on other homes weren't accepted. This was definitely meant to be our home.

After the excitement of an accepted offer died down, we started making plans for the remodel. It would be the understatement of the year to say that I did not know what I was getting myself into. I mean, yes, technically we knew what we were doing (we did have a remodeling company at the time), but to take on an entire house in the midst of chaos with our business makes me feel like we were gluttons for punishment. Living in a construction zone on and off for an extended period of time is extremely difficult, especially when you think in terms of endless drywall dust on dark hardwood floors (🙈).

But, two years (and plenty of blood, sweat and tears) later, I'd say it's paid off. The house looks amazing, and when we close on the sale of our home in just over a month, the new owners won't have to do anything but enjoy it. More to come on our future plans, but for now I want to share just a few before-and-after photos. Enjoy!



Grace With Attitude

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