Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Home away from Home

I’d like to introduce you to the main reason I haven’t posted much lately. Recently we purchased a house in Florida.  This is a project far from my home but close to my heart.   A couple of trips and  some hard work and we have something I’ve managed to become very attached to. There was a lot going in a very few short days, but I only managed to pick up the camera a few times to take these shots.
From the outside this was the way we found it…
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…and this is how we left it, (except for the outside light that hadn’t been put up yet)
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What we found when we arrived was a beautiful house that had been neglected. What we left with, was a sense of accomplishment, some new friends and a home with its charm recaptured.
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The backyard was in dire need of  TLCRegal Circle 009a
It took a hard working landscaper 2 full days to get it all back into shape.
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In keeping with the total neglect of this house here is what the pool looked like. 
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No color altering here.. this is what it looked like in full sunlight
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…and after a day with a very skilled pool man.
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The kitchen needed updating.  The blue countertop and the outdated hardware were changed. The walls were painted and some new light fixtures were added.
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The front doors wide open while I  anxiously await the appliance delivery.
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A coat of paint, new hardware and a granite counter top
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All cleaned up and ready for a family.
At the end of the day, we accomplished what we had set out to, making this once beautiful home beautiful once again.
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I’m in love !
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36 comments:

  1. Very pretty! Is this a second home or a fulltime home for you? Heard there are many bargains to be had in Florida. Neighbor of mine said condos in Orlando were going for $20,000.

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    1. This is a second home that will be rented for a while, until one day we decide to use it for ourselves. Wish that day was now!

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  2. Loved it! great looking Home Interiors, the swimming pool design look awesome! Lisa

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  3. What a beautiful home! I love how the changes you made just brightened everything up, inside and out! The before picture of the pool was gross! Good thing you got it all cleaned up ;-)

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  4. OMG, you've done an amazing job on this home. It looks like it was left uncared for, for some time. What a wonderful transformation. You must feel so accomplished now that you have restored it back to it's grandness.

    Thanks for sharing, make me feel like taking a look at how I can improve my own home,
    JoJo

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  5. It looks so nice!

    Will you be renting by the week, or are you looking for something long-terM?

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    1. Hi Kellie
      Looking for something long term. A nice family who will take care of my lovely home for some time until we decide to stop renting. (Quite honestly I could pack a bag and move in right now if I could)

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  6. Holy moly that is a GREAT reason to not be blogging and what an absolutely lovely home!

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  7. Beautiful home that looks so welcoming from the outside and very comfortable inside. Great job.

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  8. Beautiful home. Very welcoming from the outside and comfortable looking on the inside. Excellent job.

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  9. This is awesome! My husband and I have considered buying a second home in the Orlando area and do short term rentals while we are not using it. Wish we could buy while prices are low, but not yet. :(

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  10. Très belle maison, bravo pour tout ce travail
    Belle soirée
    Agnès

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  11. GORGEOUS Lisa!!! Look at you....coming WAY South!! The house looks fabulous and I know you will have no problem renting it until "someday" arrives....we would be almost neighbors....Alabama/Florida...hop, skip and a jump!

    I knew you had been up to something! Something Fabulous!

    Lou Cinda

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  12. Your home is beautiful - the landscaping is fabulous and isn't it amazing how quickly a pool can be cleared up? Enjoy you new home

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  13. HI Lisa,

    My parents go down to Florida every year for 4-5 weeks in March/April, but would really like to stay longer if possible. When you say long term renters, is it for annual rental or montly rental. They would like to stay for 2-3 months next year. Also, gulf side or Atlantic side? Sorry for all the questions, but they just got back Friday night and my dad was already asking us to start checking on-line for them....thanks

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  14. Wow, what a job you have done, this redo is great, lots of hard work, but what an outcome.

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  15. Wow Lisa ~ it is gorgeous!! What area of Florida is it in? Can't wait to see it when you "load in" and add all your special touches! xo

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  16. Beautiful makeovers! All your hardwork shows!
    dee dee

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  17. Oh my goodness, it looks beautiful! I hope you get very good renters who will lovingly care for this beauty.
    CAS

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  18. Can we say BUSY??? Mercy! The home is absolutely lovely and I can see why you are in love.

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  19. Wow!!! Gorgeous transformation. I'm ready to move in! ;)

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  20. This is a great posting I have read. I like your article. Thank you

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  21. That's a gorgeous house, good for you and the outside of it is lovely now. After all your hard work, of course.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  22. Beautiful! I'll start packing as soon as I get home from work!!! LOL!

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  23. This looks like my neighborhood =) I live in Fort Myers. IS this near by?

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    1. It's actually in Port St. Lucie Florida.
      Thanks
      Lisa

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    2. I knew this looked familiar! I grew up in Port Saint Lucie, and it was a wonderful place to live. I can't wait until you can live in the home and enjoy the community for yourself! -Angie

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  24. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

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  25. I am the lucky person that is renting this beautiful house. Thank you Lisa for changing the blue counter tops :-) Cheryl

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    1. haha! You are very welcome Cheryl!

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  26. You did a great job doing this beautiful home more beautiful! :)
    real estate ph

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  27. It looks amazing! Your pool guy is skill jndeed.

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  28. Holy, this house looks amazing. There is so much potential, our dream is definitely to have a house in Florida as well. It's always sunny on the other side isn't it!

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  29. I came across your blog and though that this reminded me of home.. sure enough I grew up in Port St. Lucie lol

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