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My New Home: Are You Curious About My Fixer-Upper

by Helen
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My New Home Buying Journey

Welcome to my humble home!!  I am so excited to be in my new home.  Well, it is new to me.  Although I am not a first-time home buyer, it feels like my first home.  After packing up all my belongings in 2021 to move closer to Austin, USA, I am finally thankful and blessed to be moving into my new house.  The hunt was on for a new home when my ex-husband and I decided to divorce.  After scouring the best home buying sites, realtor.com, zillow.com, and looking at numerous houses, I settled for this house.  The housing market is crazy expensive and getting a good deal is next to impossible.  After driving my realtor crazy, and I looked at numerous places, I decided to make this house my home.  My new home is a fixer-upper, but it will be MY fixer upper home.  Also, it is humbling to go from living on a 3000 square foot custom home on 18 acres, a beautiful resort-style swimming pool, solar, and a plethora of oak trees to a 2300 square foot home in an urban neighborhood.  The house I purchased had been on the market for several months because it needed renovations.

Furthermore, I plan to do an eco friendly remodeling.   Since I have chosen to remodel, I am making a green choice; I can reuse what is already in my house by remodeling.  Not only will I save money, but there will also be less construction and demolition waste and debris.  Finally, I thank God every day for His blessings to me.

Before And After Home Renovation Pictures

Furthermore, I had to get rid of my chickens, goats, and lots of furniture. I was sad to leave my home, but I realized I was blessed to have it for three years. Further, I am ready for the next chapter in my life. I officially moved into my new home in September. The do-it-yourself (DIY), sustainable living, eco-friendly lifestyle, a toxic-free planner in me, is over the top excited about planning and implementing all of my future projects to make this humble house a home. Since I will be transitioning from two incomes to one, my budget for updates and/or renovations will be small, so most of my smaller planned-out projects will take some time since I will be doing them. Although, I have to start somewhere!

I will post before and after home renovation pictures to give you a good idea of the starting point and a frame of reference, and where I was starting. 

The Front Of My New House

I love the exterior of my house; it has a welcoming feel. The yard has tall oak trees, and the entry has a small front porch. Although I'm not a big fan of bushes, I will be keeping them because they serve as a habitat for birds and other tiny critters. In the Spring, I plan to add some landscaping. Furthermore, I want to provide some landscaping details in the Spring. I plan to add a buffet for different types of pollinators. 

My New Home

My Fixer Upper Home's Backyard

Like the inside of the house, the backyard needs lots of love! It's a good-sized backyard with not much to the eye, but it is perfect for my three big dogs to run around and work off some energy! I also plan on adding a garden in the Spring so that I can enjoy homegrown fruits and veggies. Plus, I also plan to add a pollinator garden to the backyard. I'll post updates so you can follow along with this new chapter of my life. 

One of the things I plan to add to my backyard is a firepit with a nice sitting area.  Last, the porch area could use some attention.

New Home Backyard

My New Home's Front Door & Foyer

When you first walk into the house, there is a small foyer area and a long hall that leads to the rest of the house. There is a small coat closet at the end of the hall. The foyer is roomy, and I will likely hang some farmhouse wall decor and a shelf with coat hooks to personalize the space. I will also add a small bench, a rustic purse, and coat hooks. If there is enough room in the hall, I will add a small table.  The house is in need of energy efficient windows and energy efficient appliances.

Foyer Green Remodel

The formal dining area is to the left at the end of the hall. The laundry room, three spare bedrooms, linen closet, and a small spare bathroom are down the hall on the right-hand side.

The kitchen is straight ahead, and the living room is to the left, just past the formal dining room.

The living room is a dull and dirty space with poorly painted walls. Parts of the house have beautiful wood floors but need polishing. I am excited about the wood floors. The entry, kitchen, and dining area have old, outdated 12″ tile, and the grout is filthy. I hope to install engineered waterproof bamboo floors over the tile. Depending on the cost, I may install the same flooring in the spare bedrooms.

My Eco Friendly House Renovation Plans

The living room leads into the kitchen and breakfast area.  The living room is a dull and dirty space with poorly painted walls.  Parts of the house have beautiful wood floors but need polishing.   I am excited about the wood floors because I will clean and polish them with natural products.  The entry, kitchen, and dining area have old, outdated 12″ tile, and the grout is filthy.  I hope to install engineered waterproof bamboo floors over the tile.  I may install the same flooring in the spare bedrooms depending on the cost.

There is a gas fireplace in a corner on the back wall.  The fireplace leaves a lot to be desired.  The fireplace needs some cleaning, updating, and I plan to make it the focal point; it will be a priority in my renovation.  Furthermore, I plan to use eco-friendly materials and products for my green home renovation, including no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) paints.

My wish list for the formal dining room includes, environmentally conscious choices:

  • Replace Light Fixture 
  • Paint The Walls
  • Electric Roller Shades
  • New formal dining table
  • New side board
  • Accessorize

My wish list for the living room includes, environmentally conscious choices:

  • Paint the walls and trim with eco friendly paint
  • Update the ceiling fan
  • Replace the tile with engineered bamboo wood floors 
  • Paint the mantle and replace tile around it
  • Add an area rug
  • Install electric roller shades
  • Add seating and an ottoman
  • Accessorize!

The kitchen is to the right of the living room, and it is a good-size kitchen with an island. I wish the iland had a vegetable sink because they are so convenient. The cabinets are dated but are in reasonably good condition. Although, the appliances will need to be replaced because the refrigerator and stovetop do not work, plus they are filthy.  Since this kitchen is much smaller than what I had in my previous home, I will have to develop the best way to organize the kitchen and organize the pantry.

My wish list for the kitchen includes, environmentally conscious choices:

  • Update the backsplash
  • Paint the island a darker color
  • Kitchen remodel on a budget
  • New Faucet
  • New cabinet pulls 
  • Engineered Bamboo floors
  • Paint
  • Pendant Lighting 
  • Clean the cabinets and add some dark wax accent on the inner edges

New Home Projects:
Master Bathroom Mini Remodel
Spare Bathroom
Kitchen
Formal Dining
Living Room
Front Yard Landscaping
Backyard, Porch and Landscaping Makeover

Read Next: About Me And Bambams Coop

New Home Projects:
Master Bathroom Mini Remodel
Spare Bathroom
Kitchen
Formal Dining
Living Room
Front Yard Landscaping
Backyard, Porch and Landscaping Makeover

Read Next: About Me And Bambams Coop

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