How I remodeled my new home.

Back in June of 2014 I made an offer on a manufactured home, on an acre of land in central Florida, that backs up to The Villages. I had been living in an Airstream trailer for fifteen years, and because of an adopted dog it was time to buy a house with a dog yard. My then three dogs appreciated it. The house is on a dead end street with 12 houses, we all have an acre so we are close enough if we need each other, but far enough to have privacy.

This is the picture that was online that inspired me to come look at it..... it was small without the trailer "point" which appealed to me. It's a 2007 Fleetwood, 1200 square feet.



This is it now.....



I'm going to post before and after photos, since I've been working on remodeling it since I bought it.....

The day I bought it I ripped out the wall to wall carpet, not only do I hate it but the previous owner has chihuahuas that peed on it. I couldn't tell but my dogs let me know <g>  I'm not a carpet gal, I wanted wood floors so I went to Home Depot and got them to cut plywood sheets into 8" wide strips. I was living in the trailer in the driveway while I installed the wood floors. I drilled the holes for the nails, and used antique cut nails.  Below is Layla, the dog I bought a house for. I screwed up ripping out the carpet, I was so busy looking down, I didn't think about the popcorn ceiling... I should have scraped it and dragged it out on the carpet.

The next thing I did was jerk off all the one inch wide flat trim around the doors, put wide molding on the doors and floors.



This was the kitchen when I bought it, like many of the rooms it had a wallpaper border...... that had to go.... as well as the dark green paint.


Here it is now, new sheet vinyl floor, wainscoting on the walls, crystal chandelier......




The kitchen had builder grade cabinets, sink, and just a cooktop no oven.

 
I tore out the sink, counters, and all the lower cabinets, and the upper cabinet over the dishwasher. Bought a new farmhouse sink, commercial style faucet, counters, dishwasher and slide in stove.  Then I replaced the border with marble subway tiles.  I also bought three new lower cabinets, the ones at Lowes are almost an identical match. I added the little feet for a custom look.


The master bedroom before......



Bedroom now, I went for glamor..... and a crystal chandelier ceiling fan light.  This is a color photo.

Next was the master bath, more borders... and horrid cabinetry....

All of it had to go, and I tiled the floor. The tub came out and a shower went in, new toilet and new cabinet from Lowes. It was damaged on the side that went against the wall.  The counter top is marble, but marble window sills butted up to each other. 





Then, the guest room was next.....


I went southwestern in the guest room. Got the cute pine chest at a yard sale.
The guest bath is quite small so I splurged on pricey tile, and a cute new vanity.....


This room was originally a back porch that was enclosed and accessed through the third bedroom.....  I suspect there was a back door on the original mobile home that was blown away in a tornado. They made a room out of it, I made it my shop.

 
Now, I saved the best for last....... the living room.

This is the before.....


...and now....
Now, you may have noticed that the large oil painting is on a track, and the wall appears to be shiplap. Fans of HGTV's Fixer Upper know all about shiplap walls.  The following pictures will explain, and yes that is plywood cut into 6 inch strips this time.  Yes, the ceiling fan has a crystal chandelier.

As you can see the TV is sunk into the wall, which I built out. That was to allow the picture to cover it when I'm not watching TV, I hated that big black square on the wall, I like art.  I rarely watch that TV anyway, so this was my solution. The next two pictures show the TV open and hidden. 






This house was furnished for very little money, moving from the Airstream meant I had almost no furniture.  Everything in the photos, except the oil paintings and the teal primitive piece above and the funky plant holder, is new.  Well, new to me, and I purchased everything in either thrift stores or on craigslist. Most of the labor was me, tiling and carpentry I did,  and things beyond my capability were my friend Jerry, a snowbird.  I don't do plumbing and new electric, I can change out lights. <g>

I haven't done much outside, I did repaint the faded black shutters a bright blue, it is Florida after all, I also planted a bunch of plumbago.  The property came with 80 crepe myrtles.



 


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