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Florida Home: Before Pics and Plans

Florida Home: Before Pics and Plans

Standard viewers and Instagram followers are aware that just after a prolonged lookup, we bought a dwelling in Florida. There are a number of explanations why we’re earning this go which I’ll go into in greater depth at a future day. Primarily it’s just a emotion that we need a change just after 40+ years residing in California.

We have talked of a distinct life style, a single that is calm and more reasonably priced than the charge of dwelling in California. Right after driving all-around the Gulf Coast of Florida 2 times in the very last yr, we narrowed our research to Sarasota as a place to move. We like the community, the downtown, and the proximity to lovely shorelines so we purchased a home there as both equally an investment and a potential household. I’ll be dwelling there in the summer months renovating the spot and we will are living permanently setting up this tumble with my son ending significant faculty in Florida.

How did we land on this property? We started off seeking at new design households in Sarasota mainly because we assumed that would be simplest for creating the transfer, but nothing was out there to go into for at least a 12 months, so we turned our consideration to fixer uppers in neighborhoods we liked. On the final day we remaining Florida this a single popped up on the market. We experienced to transfer rapid and provide a non-refundable deposit, but we have been in agreement within just 48 hours and the residence was ours three months later on.

We now own a 3 bedroom 2 bathtub 1960s single story rancher with a great significant property and room to insert a pool! It’s very near to Siesta Essential way too. Given that I’ll be documenting the full renovation on the web site, the greatest position to commence this story is with the ‘Before’ illustrations or photos so you can see what we’re starting off with.

What is serendipitous is that this house came with brand new household furniture. The furniture is not my model at all, but the stroke of luck is that as a end result I don’t have to haul a bunch of furniture across the place. It is nuts expensive to ship home furniture in a POD or truck or drive it in a UHaul. The quotes I gained ranged from $10k for a POD and $19k for movers and I’d fairly devote in the renovation, so we will be bringing just a few particular products and will make home furnishings swaps more than time.

This property will get a full makeover prime to base, we will be changing flooring, renovating bathrooms and the kitchen, and also incorporating a pool and tons of tropical botanicals to the yard. After the ‘Before’ pics I share some inspiration images so you can see the appear I’m going for and some of the details I’ll be which includes.


Listed here is the kitchen, pretty dated but very cleanse! This is the excellent set up for me mainly because I can dwell with this for a number of months, there is no need to renovate quickly. It buys me time to come up with the perfect kitchen renovation plan and not rush options. However 1 point that will change straight away is the arched florescent light-weight fixture, I’ll replace it with some compact and simple recessed or flush mounts alternatively.

The kitchen area receives pure gentle from the dining nook and breakfast nook on the reverse side and has fantastic move into the group and eating spaces. This 1 will be enjoyable to renovate down the highway. That breakfast nook over and above will be a compact home business office in its place. The eating room place is below.

The kitchen area sink and peninsula search out into this dining place area. Like I stated in advance of, the property arrived with new home furniture. I’m grateful for it but it will be replaced with a wooden desk and woven dining chairs that seat six to 8 folks and wired for a actually cool chandelier to be determined.

Also… you’ll notice… SO.Several.VERTICAL.BLINDS and CEILING Lovers to replace. There will be a great deal discussion on new window remedies and lights and supporters as I slowly update them about the property.

This is the relatives place area, it came with these leather loungers which I’m guaranteed my teens will adore while they very last but they won’t for extensive, I’ll acquire a present day sectional for this space. That wall leisure centre will be changed with a floating media credenza.


I also want to enclose this house and swap the carpet with tile so it’s much more of a sunroom and individual from the entry and living home, pictured under. I’ll insert double doors to enclose it and different it for non-public Tv viewing.

This is the entry and residing room, it’s roomy and broad and arrives with these turquoise overstuffed sofas. I’ve previously painted the blue walls white and swapped the coffee table and rug as well. Finally I’ll provide and swap the sofas for additional tailor-made variations.


This is the hall lavatory, pretty thoroughly clean but dated so this would be 1 of the first areas to renovate. Goodbye florescent gentle fixture, vanity, & tile, hi modern day makeover like new flooring, beautiful wall tile, and a floating vanity.


The visitor bed room comes with a matching household furniture established and mattress-in-a-bag linens. All this will modify over time, but the mattress is tremendous at ease, I slept here for four evenings. I’ll hold the mattress, but offer and replace almost everything else. This space will be designed for readers and for when my daughter arrives house from higher education on weekends and vacations.


This is the existing “office” which will before long be my teenage son’s place. I have options to substitute these desks and develop him a bed with a constructed in charging station. I have already drawn up the options for that and I’m searching ahead to building it for him!


This is the most important bed room, it’s a larger dimension which I like and it contains another matching bedroom set and the similar bed-in-a-bag linens. I’ll provide this furniture and replace it with new home furniture which is my taste.

The major toilet is compact, so I’m thinking of an growth considering the fact that it’s situated at the back again of the home which would make an extension a probability. The adjacent closets are genuinely smaller so I like the plan of an addition for a a lot more roomy rest room off the major bedroom. For now, I’ll love that pink formica and tile. 🙂

We’re genuinely energized about this yard, the significant tree is lovely, I’ll light it up with a twinkle lights and produce inviting seating beneath. To the proper there is plenty of place to increase a pool!

What an journey ideal? I haven’t been this energized in a long time! Soon after a prolonged and weary pandemic, this is just the energetic injection we will need.

The layout model of this renovation will be gentle and vibrant, tons of white and normal wooden, a modern coastal style with a touch of midcentury fashionable. Listed here are just a handful of inspiration pictures I’ve collected in my *enormous* Pinterest board for this dwelling.

For the inside flooring, I’d like to refinish them in a whitewash tone reminiscent of the white sand beaches near by. For the kitchen, I like the idea of pale wooden cabinets and white tile.

abby hetherington interiors

Pale inexperienced is also a little something I’m thinking of for kitchen area cabinets.


For the eating place, light-weight and brilliant is so interesting to me considering the fact that it looks out to the backyard.

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For the bedrooms, serenity will be key! I’m loving muted colours and excess convenience.

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For the bogs, I want colourful tile in delicate hues. I just cannot get this minty inexperienced zelige tile out of my head so I may possibly go with this shade in the hall lavatory.

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For the backyard, I’m wondering of a glass pool enclosure and as quite a few tropical botanicals as I can in shape.


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and I will have to contain an outside shower, suitable?

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It feels so great to have my fingers on this undertaking and to be starting a new chapter in a new home in a diverse state. I have already painted the blue partitions in the living place white and created some home furniture variations much too. Extra coming shortly.

I’m putting up a complete video tour of the “before” areas on Instagram stories tomorrow if you want to get a experience for the flow of the house, glance for it there. The movies incorporate extra of the yard and the rear patio (not shown). I’ll be beginning on this renovation in July, so significantly far more to occur!  This new property undertaking desires a title or hashtag, what do you propose?