Florida Home: Before Pics and Plans

Subscribers and Instagram followers are aware that soon after a very long research, we bought a home in Florida. There are various causes why we’re making this shift which I’ll go into in better depth at a long term date. Largely it is just a sensation that we have to have a transform soon after 40+ many years dwelling in California.

We’ve talked of a unique life-style, one particular that is comfortable and far more cost-effective than the expense of residing in California. Just after driving all-around the Gulf Coast of Florida two times in the last yr, we narrowed our research to Sarasota as a position to move. We like the local community, the downtown, and the proximity to attractive beaches so we purchased a property there as both an investment and a long run property. I’ll be dwelling there in the summer season renovating the location and we will stay permanently beginning this tumble with my son finishing significant university in Florida.

How did we land on this home? We begun searching at new building residences in Sarasota mainly because we considered that would be simplest for creating the shift, but almost nothing was obtainable to shift into for at minimum a year, so we turned our attention to fixer uppers in neighborhoods we favored. On the last working day we remaining Florida this just one popped up on the industry. We had to shift speedy and offer a non-refundable deposit, but we had been in deal in 48 hours and the property was ours a few weeks later.

We now individual a 3 bedroom 2 bathtub 1960s single story rancher with a good huge property and home to incorporate a pool! It is really close to Siesta Key way too. Considering the fact that I’ll be documenting the total renovation on the blog site, the best place to start out this story is with the ‘Before’ images so you can see what we’re starting up with.

What is serendipitous is that this household arrived with manufacturer new furnishings. The household furniture is not my fashion at all, but the stroke of luck is that as a outcome I really don’t have to haul a bunch of furnishings throughout the state. It is mad highly-priced to ship household furniture in a POD or truck or push it in a UHaul. The prices I acquired ranged from $10k for a POD and $19k for movers and I’d rather devote in the renovation, so we will be bringing just a couple of personalized goods and will make home furnishings swaps in excess of time.

This dwelling will get a entire makeover top to bottom, we will be replacing flooring, renovating bogs and the kitchen, and also incorporating a pool and tons of tropical botanicals to the backyard. After the ‘Before’ images I share some inspiration photos so you can see the glance I’m going for and some of the details I’ll be like.


Here is the kitchen, extremely dated but pretty clean up! This is the best set up for me because I can are living with this for a number of months, there’s no will need to renovate instantly. It purchases me time to come up with the ideal kitchen area renovation program and not rush alternatives. Nevertheless one matter that will change instantly is the arched florescent mild fixture, I’ll exchange it with some compact and very simple recessed or flush mounts instead.

The kitchen area gets normal gentle from the eating nook and breakfast nook on the reverse facet and has terrific movement into the local community and dining spaces. This a person will be exciting to renovate down the highway. That breakfast nook past will be a tiny house business instead. The dining home space is below.

The kitchen area sink and peninsula glance out into this eating home area. Like I outlined just before, the house came with new home furnishings. I’m grateful for it but it will be changed with a wooden table and woven eating chairs that seat 6 to 8 folks and wired for a seriously neat chandelier to be determined.

Also… you’ll notice… SO.Quite a few.VERTICAL.BLINDS and CEILING Enthusiasts to swap. There will be a great deal dialogue on new window therapies and lighting as I little by little change them all around the property.

This is the family area house, it came with these leather loungers which I’m certain my youngsters will really like although they past but they will not for lengthy, I’ll buy a present day sectional for this place. That wall enjoyment heart will be changed with a floating media credenza.


I also want to enclose this house and swap the carpet with tile so it is extra of a sunroom and individual from the entry and residing home, pictured down below. I’ll include double doors to enclose it and different it for non-public Tv set viewing.

This is the entry and living home, it is roomy and huge and comes with these turquoise overstuffed sofas. I’ve currently painted the blue walls white and swapped the coffee desk and rug as well. Inevitably I’ll promote and swap the sofas for extra personalized variations.


This is the hall lavatory, quite clean but dated so this would be one particular of the initially spaces to renovate. Goodbye florescent light-weight fixture, vanity, & tile, hello modern-day makeover together with new flooring, wonderful wall tile, and a floating vanity.


The guest bedroom comes with a matching furnishings set and mattress-in-a-bag linens. All this will change above time, but the mattress is super snug, I slept right here for four evenings. I’ll preserve the mattress, but provide and swap almost everything else. This area will be developed for site visitors and for when my daughter comes house from college or university on weekends and vacations.


This is the existing “office” which will before long be my teenage son’s area. I have designs to substitute these desks and establish him a bed with a crafted in charging station. I’ve by now drawn up the ideas for that and I’m on the lookout ahead to constructing it for him!


This is the key bed room, it is a more substantial dimension which I like and it features a different matching bedroom established and the very same mattress-in-a-bag linens. I’ll provide this home furniture and substitute it with new home furnishings which is my style.

The principal lavatory is small, so I’m considering an enlargement because it’s located at the again of the household which would make an extension a possibility. The adjacent closets are genuinely little so I like the idea of an addition for a additional spacious bathroom off the principal bedroom. For now, I’ll get pleasure from that pink formica and tile. 🙂

We’re actually energized about this backyard, the big tree is wonderful, I’ll mild it up with a twinkle lights and make inviting seating beneath. To the suitable there is a good deal of house to increase a pool!

What an adventure proper? I haven’t been this enthusiastic in decades! Immediately after a very long and weary pandemic, this is just the energetic injection we have to have.

The structure style of this renovation will be light-weight and vibrant, tons of white and all-natural wood, a modern coastal design and style with a contact of midcentury fashionable. Right here are just a several inspiration images I’ve collected in my *large* Pinterest board for this household.

For the inside floors, I’d like to refinish them in a whitewash tone reminiscent of the white sand seashores shut by. For the kitchen, I really like the strategy of pale wooden cabinets and white tile.

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Pale inexperienced is also one thing I’m considering for kitchen area cupboards.


For the dining house, light and vivid is so appealing to me considering that it appears out to the yard.

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For the bedrooms, serenity will be vital! I’m loving muted hues and extra convenience.

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mindy gayer style


For the bogs, I want colorful tile in subtle hues. I can’t get this minty green zelige tile out of my thoughts so I may go with this shade in the hall lavatory.

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


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and I ought to contain an out of doors shower, proper?

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It feels so good to have my palms on this job and to be setting up a new chapter in a new home in a unique state. I’ve already painted the blue walls in the residing space white and built some furnishings improvements also. Additional coming before long.

I’m putting up a comprehensive video tour of the “before” areas on Instagram tales tomorrow if you want to get a experience for the movement of the residence, appear for it there. The video clips consist of much more of the yard and the rear patio (not proven). I’ll be starting off on this renovation in July, so much much more to occur!  This new property project demands a title or hashtag, what do you suggest?