After three years and a total renovation to our old house in New Orleans house, there were times we said we’d never do it again. However, most of the time we realized we like doing it and felt very rewarded when it was all said and done. The financial reward also made it worthwhile as it paid for our Round the World trip!
We weren’t determined to buy a fixer upper in Dallas, but it was always a possibility. We put one offer on a house that was move in ready and two offers on houses that were pretty much full gut jobs. I cringe when I say “gut job” because Jocelyn kept calling the house we purchased one before we started renovations and I kept saying it wasn’t… but now I think she’s right!
Some of the work was obvious – we’d have to replace the electrical, redo all of the floors, and re-texture and paint all of the walls. Technically, it wasn’t a gut job because we weren’t going down to the studs, and we weren’t going to do our kitchen yet. The house didn’t look too bad in pictures, but when walking through it was obvious that major work hadn’t been done in the last fifty years.
However, when we started getting into it we realized we’d have to go a bit further. Three rooms in the house didn’t have the original hardwoods (kitchen, den, back bedroom) so we made the decision to tear out all of the old floors and replace with hardwoods that would match the rest of the house. That meant the kitchen cabinets had to come up so we could put floors under the whole area… and that’s pretty much when we agreed to calling it a gut job!
We’re now ten weeks into the renovation and getting closer to normalcy – this of course after we were without hot water a few weeks ago. Yesterday was another exciting day when we hooked up the washer and dryer, and at the end of next week our kitchen cabinets get installed!
I’ll post some more pictures in a couple of weeks when we’ll be even closer to complete, but here some before and ‘in progress’ pictures: