Curb appeal progress

Here are some new progress pics from the exterior. We really really dislike the paint color so needless to say, that will be changing at some point. The first order of business however were a couple of retaining walls. There was a wall filled with dirt and a few palm trees that was built along the entire front of the house. And behind that wall was the walkway up to the door blocked in by yet another wall. Really bizarre, ugly, and what’s worse, the walls were causing water to pool up against the house. NOT GOOD for the foundation. Also the walls prevented light from getting into the dining area and kitchen. (That was my main reason that the walls HAD TO GO.) Below are pics of before, during, after and then at the very bottom are pics of our inspiration for the final look.

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Now the “during”

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And the “after” (at least for now! We’ve still got a long way to go!)

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You might notice that one of the windows in the front is different than all the others, we are slowly changing them out to make them all match and Impact. (Gotta love fl and our hurricanes, impact glass windows are much safer and eliminate the need for shutters) We will be getting a new from door with some sort of windows in it. We’re obviously going to do some landscaping along the walkway and house, also we’re adding a sidewalk from the driveway to the door.

Here are some pictures of the final look we are going for. We have a metal roof (one of the best perks this house had when we bought it) and we love the white look with the metal. We want to do cedar shutters (just for looks ☺️) and we will wrap the posts in cedar or something like it. The walkway up to the house is brick and we are going to cover it in some sort of stone.

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We had the palm trees that were in the retaining wall moved to the front of the yard near our front fence. They look really nice there, my dad says they give the house a “grand entrance” πŸ˜„… So what do you think? I love hearing from you guys! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

XOXO,
Brittany

Bathroom #1 Reno aka the spa inspired bathroom

This room has been finished for quite some time but I just haven’t gotten around to posting it! This bathroom is one of 3 guest baths and it’s the only one we have completely remodeled so far. Ben and I made a deal that we will each get one bathroom that we can decorate however we want without input from the other person, this bathroom is the one I chose. He will be doing the “cabana bath” that is accessed near the living room and also outside from the pool area. Below you will see some before pics, followed by some progress pics and then the final results. Before we get to the final pics, I will say that I feel like I need some pops of color and I’m not sure if I want to keep the art work that I have hanging, but it’s there for now. Eventually when we get past all of the renovations and move more into the decorating phase, I’m sure I will switch things up a little. Well here we go! …..
This picture is from the MLS listing
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And now the “afters”!!

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(Aren’t those shower niches cool?!)

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Can’t help but post a pic of Tubby in the tub ☺️

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So what do you think? Any suggestions about what color I should use to accent with? Feel free to post any comments or questions in the comment section! Thanks for following us along on our renovation journey and super thanks for being so patient with me!

XOXO,
Brittany

FIESTA! FOREVA!

I’m gonna get right to it, we love a good pool party and of course a Mexican theme. Some are from my iPhone and some are from my DSLR, Enjoy the pics πŸ™‚
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Countertops!!!

We still need to do the backsplash and add the crown moulding and toe kick to the cabinetry but…. We have countertops now! We haven’t installed my little coffee area countertop yet because we have to build out the wall a little bit still. Goodbye old plywood! The counters we chose are from the brand Cambria and the color is Torquay. We love them! Here are a few iPhone pics, for good measure I added a few “befores”

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Most likely this will be the type of backsplash we are doing, Benja has his heart set on it… And he wants to do dark grout… What do you think??

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Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,
Brittany

Around the yard

Hi there! I have been ultra distracted lately by having a yard. Take a girl who dabbled in gardening on her patio, stick her in a home with a 1.25 acre yard and well…. You’ll basically never get her inside! Here are a few pics I’ve been snapping lately of our yard! Enjoy 😊
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This little spot is my oasis! All of my plants are doing so so well here! They made the move from my patio to this spot and are happier than ever before.

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Fruit trees and buds! Including oranges lemons and avacados, this weekend we also planted some limes and a guava tree!

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I am working on planting the most colorful bougainvillea hedge you’ve ever seen! We bought a bunch of baby bougs and I’ve been planting them along our front fence. I can’t wait to see them grow taller and taller! They have already grown quite a bit from when I put them in. I could spend every single day outside. It is so peaceful and I love watching the birds and seeing new blooms… This is our own version of paradise and we couldn’t be happier!

XOXO,
Brittany

PS I almost forgot to introduce you to this kitty! Her name is Heiny (pronounced like “high knee” short for Heinrich; Ben named her a looong time ago when he thought she was a boy) we always had her following us around the office and we have been feeding her and taking care of her there for a couple of years. One day Ben decided to bring her home with him! At first she was really scared and hid in the garage. Then Ben put a kitty door in and now she goes in and out freely and follows us around the yard. She loves rolling around in the grass and having such a big property to roam. So get used to her face! You’ll be seeing lots of her 😊

Ok bye now!

Worst blogger on the planet, but…. Progress pics!!!

I might be the worst blogger on the planet. I never post. Like, ever. I know. I’m sorry. But here I am now. POSTING!

I decided to go ahead and share some progress pics with you, and the kitchen pics seemed like the simplest thing to share at the moment. (I have to collect pictures of other rooms from a few different sources.) By no means is this the finished product and I am apprehensive about even sharing these. I my mind I want to share these gorgeous “Better Homes and Gardens” esque photos… however, this is real life and sometimes real life is messy. Kinda like these pics. One day (in what seems like the very distant future) I will show completed before and afters. For now, progress pics is what we shall call them.Β I hope you enjoy them for what they are. I will share more pics soon. I promise! Without further ado….

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The pictures above are what the house looked like before we touched anything. There is a wall separating the kitchen from the dining room that we took down, making the kitchen/dining area one huge, open space.

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This was after the wall was torn down and we were in the process of fixing the electric etc. before we installed the
new kitchen.

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Above is the kitchen right before we installed the cabinets and temporary countertops.

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You can see in the ceiling where the old wall used to be that closed off the kitchen from the dining area

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This pic was taken while standing in the front doorway.

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This is standing in the laundry room looking straight at the bar.

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A picture of the floors

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The farm sink that I had to fight to get, and the SUPER nice and SILENT dishwasher that we kept from
original kitchen

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The bar!

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And last but not least the kitty drawer with Tubby handles πŸ˜„πŸ˜»

So as you can see we are no where near finished. We have temporary plywood countertops because the quartz we wanted was back ordered for a while and now we are just sort trying to save up for our next round of renovations. We still have to add the crown to the cabinets, the toe kick, the backsplash on the walls, pendant lights, A STOVE/OVEN (which should be on it’s way soon)… I could list a million things. But here we are. I love it and we have come a loooong way since October. Can’t wait to share more with you, and thanks for sticking around 😊

XOXO, Brittany

oops.

It’s been nearly a month since my last post! Ouch. But listen,Β we have been getting work done! I know you want to see before and after photos as much as I want to live in a finished house! I am not ready to “reveal” any rooms yet but I will say that we have one bathroom 95% finished and one bedroom 100% finished! Exciting stuff. Although now that the bedroom is finished my favorite thing to do is lay in the bed and pretend like the rest of the house will finish itself. haha.. anyways, I figured I’d share a few random pics I have been snapping around the house and over the past few weeks. Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Speaking of Thanksgiving…

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(paint hands =D or maybe grout?)

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And a few from around the house

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And the most famous question we get asked about the house, “are you keeping that chandelier?”

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YES.

XOXO,

Brittany

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