Renovation of our mid-century fixer upper fuses strong mid-century elements of naturally finished mahogany, oak floors, brick and slate with simple modern warmth of today. This little place has an awesome midwestern, mid-century feel with slightly modern vibe. Come have a look at our downsize house!
Our Downsize House
We toured a fair share of homes while packing up the old house, the family home, the house where I spent literally my entire adult life. We had to get it ready to sell quickly. We gave ourselves only about 5 weeks from our decision to list the family home for sale, to prepare it for sale, sell it, and to find and purchase a small fixer.
Time was running short when we walked into THIS solid but tired little place. The boxes checked: Great light, single story, basement, 2 car garage, enough of a yard to play with but not so much to take a whole lot of maintenance. Yes, all in all, enough house to play with but not enough to need tons of attention once the renovation was complete.
This little fixer upper sheltered many, many families from 1959 to present. Other than the small mid-1980s update of wallpaper, carpet and HVAC, there hadn’t been much done beyond basic maintenance in 60 years. The backyard was a blank slate and the outside front landscaping needs help. The front will be our last and final big project.
Why not an open plan?
It doesn’t have the open plan that is so sought after in today’s real estate. The basement stairwell is right in the middle of the living/dining/kitchen. In fact, it separates the kitchen’s refrigerator wall from what was the dining “el” and is now our living room.
We thought to open it up but the cost/return on investment and the requirements of the building codes made it way to costly. We decided to leave it alone. I am SO happy with our decision. There’s something to be said for having a solid wall between a sleeping person who hears everything (me) and a hard-of-hearing TV watcher (you know who and it’s not me).
We moved in around the first of October. New energy-efficient windows came in November of 2013. The interior demo began on December 21, 2013 and we had counter and kitchen and appliances and water in the kitchen in March 2014 as well as functioning bathrooms. At the first year anniversary mark of our move in date, we’d completed all major interior renovations! YAY!
I love looking at these pictures. Hope you do too!
Mid-century Fixer Upper Before and After Photos
Just in case you can’t get enough like I obviously can’t, read more about the kitchen here at Fixer Upper Kitchen Renovation.