We bought a Fixer Upper! Come take a pre-renovation tour of our 1970’s ranch on 5 acres and see what it looks like before we get started.
My life has been in whirlwind mode since May and there is one big reason. We bought a Fixer Upper! We decided it was time to stop paying rent and start investing in ourselves. I am excited to share the house and our journey with you. Along the way, I will be telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly about home renovations and purchasing an older home.
I really wish I would have started typing this series sooner, but we are going to catch you up on everything that has happened in the last couple months and all the fun to come.
Our Fixer Upper
This is our house! We bought a fixer upper, 1970’s ranch with 3 bedrooms 2 baths on 5 1/4 acres. There is an office that has a closet and a window, so it could technically be called a bedroom, but we aren’t.
We fell in love with the area, and all of the space we have. The property is covered in trees which makes it absolutely beautiful! There is also a pond across the street that we own a portion of. It needs some clearing before we can access it easily, but that is a story for another day.
There is a pole barn on the property that has an enclosed workshop.
And my husbands favorite part is this covered outdoor smoker!
Oh and my favorite part….a HUGE swimming pool.
The property is also FULL of azaleas, hydrangeas, and other beautiful plants. I have been calling it my secret garden because you really just don’t know what you are going to find.
Living Room/dining Room
It is time for the inside tour. Now, I feel like I should start by saying this is the inside of the house before we moved in. Before we changed some things. This is the house in March 2018 pre-Carlisle family. This is the front room that overlooks the front yard.
The laminate flooring is throughout the house, except for the kitchen, master bedroom, bathrooms, and office.
My Kitchen space means a lot to me, so you know I fell in love with this property when the kitchen looked like this when we moved in. I don’t even know what to say beside, those cabinets are original 1972 beauties. They have a distinct odor that reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen. I have no idea what is with that wall color. OH, and the appliances like that dishwasher are mustard colored Kenmore 1980 specials.
The wall oven is awkward and that fridge…that fridge came with the house. It was running when we moved in. Do you know it was a 1985 Kenmore? No joke. 1985!!! It is fun to type this post up now because my kitchen currently doesn’t look like this, but it is so far from where I want it to be.
Bedrooms / Office
This is my daughter’s bedroom before we moved in. That blue is like a sea-foam color in real life. We already re-did the girl’s room and they love it! (You can see the Farmhouse meets British Bookstore Girls Room Makeover here)
The wood paneling game is strong in parts of the house. If you ever wanted a clue that we bought a fixer upper this is it! The office is small, dark, and in need of paint. This space was actually enclosed from the carport. The little bit of carport left isn’t really big enough for the car, so we are eventually going to close it in the rest of the way.
This beauty is my sons room. To be completely honest, boys are so easy. He likes the wall color, and only wants a few things. He is so easy to please.
And this is the Master Bathroom which has been nicely remodeled. There isn’t too much that needs done in there. There is also a door that leads out to the pool from this bathroom which is really convinient.
Finally, this is the master bedroom. It has 2 spacious walk in closets and has recently been redone in the last 10 years do to a tree that fell on the house. That blue carpet’s days are numbered by the way. I hate carpet, and I will tell you more about that another day.
Things you Can’t See
A few things I feel like I should mention that I didn’t include pictures of. The house has had new insulation blown in so that is a huge plus.
The kids bathroom has been semi-redone. I say semi because they installed a tub surround on top of the original tub and tile. I want to gut that so bad, but budgets are real.
Our lot is HUGE, and the pictures don’t do it justice. There are a lot of surprises in these woods that we have yet to find.
Oh, and did you notice we have a metal roof. The rain sounds so soothing, but the acorns sound like mini-bombs: no joke.
I have gone on long enough. So we bought a Fixer Upper and this is it! We have so many projects we want to tackle, but they will all happen in due time. Money is a real thing, and it seems like everything is expensive. So we will be taking on one project at a time and sharing them with you along the way.
Amanda is a busy mom of 3 that is constantly on the lookout for shortcuts to add more happiness to the day. She loves creating recipes, printables, DIY, and sharing family fun tips with you.