Curb Appeal

Keeping this renovation under budget:

Curb appeal sets the tone for your entire home, it’s the frosting on the cake. The overall appearance is extremely important to me, my house needs to be one of the best on the block. Hopefully, my house will set the tone to encourage my neighbors to begin some exterior restorations as well. A¬†goal of mine is to change homeowners pride of ownership in the town of Arcadia. I feel as if homeowners forgot the attention that goes into owning a home, especially a historic home. Show you are proud in owning a piece of history let alone a home. Plant some flowers, put a bench on your porch, or hang an American flag! Here are 11 budget friendly ways from HGTV to boost your curb appeal: Click Here!

The month of June will be dedicated to the exterior of this 1930’s cottage bungalow. The amount of soot from the crack in the chimney to the exhaust from semi-trucks was indescribable; this cottage has been suffocating for too long. The best tool to allow it to breathe again was a deep pressure wash. Thankfully, my neighbor allowed us to borrow his pressure washer in exchange for a 12-pack of Budweiser ūüôā ! ¬†It took a total of 4 hours and two people to pressure wash the entire exterior of this home. Part of me wants to take the pressure washer and power wash the interior as well ;). What do you think about the end result? Amazing transformation right?
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The 1930’s Yellow Bungalow Restoration


Rehab Addict: The 1930’s Yellow Bungalow Restoration

A REO bank owned home, one of the many that suffered with the worst foreclosure periods¬†in decades. With a passion for history and the beautiful craftsmanship of the 20’s, I fell in love with the era of this 1930’s home.¬†HGTV, a popular T.V network has a great series of popular television shows that inspired me to turn my dreams into reality! There are soo many homes with history that are being condemned and sent for demolition by the city, no one will invest time in restoring historic homes to their former glory.¬†These¬†homes¬†tell a story of the past and the people who lived in that era.¬†No one appreciates history as much as it deserves, the past is part of who we are today.¬†Over-time these building‚Äôs deteriorate leaving behind the craftsmanship and beauty of the past. What will be left to remember?

Old Home Restoration: The 1930’s Yellow Bungalow Restoration

I purchased this home on October 18, 2013; I saw an opportunity behind the faux wood paneling, underneath the plywood and above the dropped ceiling. A little elbow grease and much-needed TLC is what this home was deprived of. Despite people telling me ‚Äúit‚Äôs not worth it‚ÄĚ just pushed me to prove them wrong. I’d like to point out whomever owned the house prior to me taking ownership; destroyed an original window, cut into all original woodwork and covered original wood floors with plywood.

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Gut Renovation: The 1930’s Yellow Bungalow Restoration

The choices:

  1. A complete gut
  2. A band-aid fix

It takes real sweat equity to strip a house down to the studs, then build it back up again. While, it takes an imprudent person to cover necessary problems that should be addressed. I chose to go for a complete gut, to do it right the very first time. Three dumpster loads later of plaster and wood lathe:

Some studs need to be replaced due to termite damage:










Exposing the original brick in the kitchen(a work-in-progress):










Perfect wood floors:










Decided to leave the ceiling exposed:













Continue to follow the progress of my 1930 Florida Bungalow Restoration by following my Blog! Helpful tips & advice are always appreciated ūüôā

“We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.”

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¬†Overtime these building’s deteriorate leaving behind the craftsmanship and beauty of the past. Preserving these building back to their original beauty is a hobby that I would like to take on. Renovating is an expensive task but well worth it in the end. These building’s tell a story of the past and the people who lived in that era. This building held many purposes over-time, imagine if the wall’s could talk! The stories they could tell us. Stories of the hard times & hard work of the 20’s. No one appreciates History as much as it deserves, the past is a part of who we are. Overtime we have advanced technology, what was already existent.The¬†only thing that makes our time any different is¬†the¬†level¬†of mass intelligence. The Level that let us take materials that were just as available to people thousands¬†of¬†years ago and turn them into what we have today.