We finally finished the bulk of the planned renovations on our rental house, The Bradford Street House, last month and our renters have moved in. Which just so happens to be my son and his wife who decided they wanted to rent the house after seeing our plans for it. So after much work and long hours, I am excited to finally reveal how the house finally came together!
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Having our son and his wife be our first official renters is a blessing because we know it is being taken care of and we can easily make needed repairs and more planned updates for the next couple of years. Even more importantly we can watch over our daughter in law while our son is away at seminary next year. So, even though we didn’t purchase the house with them as renters in the plan, it really couldn’t have worked out better for the family and our investment. Their fur baby is loving the big yard as well.
Where we spent the most money.
The majority of the renovation budget went to new windows, updating the electricity, and the kitchen. I have created a couple of before and after collages to show the changes we made.
On the exterior of the house, we painted the shutters black and the front door gray. All of the windows in the house were replaced and the air ducts resealed. We also cleared out lots of overgrown bushes and trees in the back yard. In fact, we found that there was a back gate to the fence we couldn’t see before because of overgrown brush. In the spring we plan to add privacy fences connecting from the side fences to the house so that the back yard is completely hidden from view. We will then remove the front fence that is sinking in the ground and pour a new drive way.
If you remember this kitchen had a crazy layout. Definitely a bachelor’s pad. After the new windows were installed, we gutted the kitchen, repaired the walls, updated the fuse box and moved around some of the electrical plugs so the appliances could be relocated.
Here are the photos during the whole process:
Funny little side story to share with you. We worked on the kitchen all the way until the morning our son moved in. While my husband was putting the last coat of Polyacrylic on the kitchen island the moving van showed up. Since I was working at my other job and wasn’t there that morning my husband didn’t have time to take pictures of the house and kitchen BEFORE all the moving box clutter showed up. So I’m am just keeping it real showing you the after pictures of the kitchen with the clutter and all. I hope you still enjoy them!
My husband custom made the island and the island top which is hinged so that they can move the extension out of the way for more space if needed. This is the tiniest little kitchen at only 9′ by 13′ so the layout and trying to fit in a 18″ dishwasher was a bit of a challenge but it all came together in the end.
We also updated several other areas of the house that I don’t have pictures of (big blogger mistake but I wasn’t there before they moved in and when everything was cleaned) so I will update this post once I get them. For now I will share a list:
- All ceilings were painted
- Every room in the house was painted a nice crisp white color
- New LED light fixtures were installed in every room
- Storage cabinet added to the bathroom
- New mirror/medicine cabinet installed in bathroom
- Toliet completely rebuilt on the inside and new water lines the night before the move in around 9:00 pm (yes that happened)
- The bulky doors to the master closet were removed and a new closet organizer system installed
- Window treatments were installed for the living room and the bedroom (I was hemming them the night before too)
- The house was inspected for energy improvement upgrades and has been added to the program for special rebates and perks for updating an older home.
- All the carpets were steamed cleaned
If you are wondering if we are going to do this again – the answer would be YES but not for another year or so. I have asked my husband to finally finish the hot rod in 2018 and we are going to work on our own house this year. So another rental property is not planned until 2019 or later.
“A person’s heart plans his way; but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9