The Cost of Refinishing our Hardwood Floors Ourselves

THE FARMHOUSE

On Tuesday, I shared the process we used to refinish our hardwood floors at the Farmhouse, and today, I want to tell you what it cost.  As a reminder, we refinished about 600sf of fir floors.

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Here’s a breakdown of the expenses:

$120 Drum sander rental (2 days)

$160 Drum sander sanding belts (20 @ $8/each)

$40 Sand paper for palm and belt sanders (for edging)

$30 Wood putty

$40 Orbital sander rental (1 day)

$40 Orbital sander pads (8 @ $5/each)

$150 Polyurethane Finish (3 gallons @$50/each)

$20 Incidentals

$600 Total

In the past, we’ve paid $3.50/sf for a professional refinish, which would have added up to $2,100 for this project.  So we saved about $1,500 by doing this job ourselves, which for us, was totally worth it!  I just hope the finish holds up to our wild boys and the dog’s nails…fingers crossed!

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The finished room photos are of our farmhouse master bedroom, which we redid for the One Room Challenge.  Check out that room reveal here.

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Krystal recommended this book for the holiday season. I ordered it last week and can’t wait to read it with the boys!

p.p.s. I’m all about baking this holiday season!  This tart looks delicious and I want to recreate these cookies plus there will probably be a cake or galette and I’m still figuring out what to do with the rest of our apples (maybe this!).  Any favorite holiday baking traditions?!

p.p.p.s. I’m really not elaborate when it comes to holiday decor – stockings, garlands, and a real tree is about all you’ll see at our farmhouse – and this roundup of holiday spaces is full of amazing inspiration!

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The Farmhouse | A Tour of the Living Spaces

THE FARMHOUSE

We’re settling in at the Farmhouse. And by “settling in” I mean that we’re eating out of pizza boxes and sleeping on the floor. But there’s laughter in the hallways and beer in the fridge, so it’s beginning to feel like home.

And oh goodness what a home it is!

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Today I’m going to kick off a tour of the Farmhouse (I’ve creatively dubbed it “the Farmhouse Tour”), which means I get to show you things like pocket doors and casement windows (!!!).  We are really lucky in that many of the original details in our farmhouse are still intact. That’s impressive considering the house was built in 1912 – the same year that the Titanic sank and Arizona became the 48th state.

Since then, our house has seen a lot of renovations – some good, some not so good – but thankfully, not much work has been done to the main living spaces.  These rooms – the foyer, entry, stairwell, office, living room, and dining room – have been left mostly untouched.

And since these rooms are the first that you’d see as a guest to the farmhouse, I thought I’d start the Farmhouse Tour here.  Let’s start at the front door:

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That isn’t the best photo, but hopefully you can make out the intricate detailing on the front door. Lovely, right?! I’m guessing the little foyer space served as an “airlock” between the heated house and the outdoors back in 1912, but it also serves as a spot to hang coats.

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The foyer leads to the entry, which connects the staircase, office, living room, dining room, and guest bedroom. When you step into the entry, a 40″ pocket door (the first of three that you’ll see today!) greets you on the right and leads to the office.

I have to tell you guys that I’m really excited about the office and have big plans for it. Can you believe that Garrett and I haven’t had a designated office space since our first home? And that was eight years ago! Just imagine, we’re finally going to know where the laptop charger is and have a spot for mail! I’m pretty psyched!

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Now for perhaps my favorite original feature in the whole house: the staircase! It’s situated next to the office and truly stunning (at least I think so). I’m already dreaming about little feet pattering down these stairs on Christmas mornings!

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The living room is directly across from the office and accessed by another 40″ pocket door.  Here’s a look at the living room from the office (and looking through the entry):

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The living room has windows on two walls and pocket doors on the other two walls.  It’s absent a fireplace, which feels kind of strange (the fireplace is actually in the dining room), but at least the room is large and has lots of original millwork.

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The large pocket doors in the picture above lead to the dining room and are 6′ wide.  Can you believe that after 104 years, they still open like a dream?!

The dining room is also a large room – I’m guessing it can fit a table for at least ten – and also boasts the fireplace, a bank of casement windows, and a built-in hutch.

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So those are the main living spaces in the Farmhouse. Seems like a lot of pictures for only five rooms, but hopefully they gave you a feel for what this old farmhouse is like.

I should also say something about all that original millwork. I’m one of those never-paint-old-millwork kind of people. So as we do work to these rooms, you’ll never see us paint them. It might make updating these spaces (and making them feel current) more difficult, but we’re 100% up for the challenge!

What about you…do you like unpainted millwork? Are you into old and original as much as I am? What would you do to these spaces?

And in case you missed it, check out the exterior of the house here and the story of how we found and bought the house here.

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Did I mention that 1912 was also the year that Julia Child was born?! She just so happens to be the owner of one of my favorite quotes of all time! Profound words, folks. Profound words.

p.p.s. Love the recent trend to renovation-related webisodes and podcasts.  A few of my favorites: Chris loves Julia, Young House Love, and Simply Grove. And I can’t wait to watch Studio McGee’s first webisode (which just released this week). You guys know of any others?!

p.p.p.s. A writeup on our town, Ellensburg WA, in the Seattle Times.  Love this small town!

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Renovation Inspiration | 6.9.16

Life has been really good lately.  We’ve been spending more time out-of-doors than in, and more time together as a family than apart.  And when debating whether to tackle the basement renovation or go on an adventure, the later always wins out.  So while we may be a little behind schedule on the renovation (read: we haven’t started it yet), we’re miles ahead with summer memories.  And that’s a win in my book.

Naturally, we’re off on another adventure this weekend.  And even though I’m a no-show on progress, other folks from around the world wide web have been busy renovating old homes.  Here are a few of my favorite renovations and happenings from this week:
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The fabulous renovation duo known as Jersey Ice Cream Co is at it again.  And no, I’m not talking about ice cream.  Check out the rest of this stunner on Remodelista.

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Old farmhouses are on my brain lately (okay, always) and this Elle Décor feature does not disappoint.  Rustic farmhouse style at it’s best!

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One of my all-time favorite renovations is in the new Beekman Boys book!  But actually my favorite thing about Catherine’s announcement post is the last few lines: “The only thing I can say is that I am not so sure people necessarily choose the homes they buy. For in both our cases, I feel as if our homes chose us.”  Sooooo right!

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Last, but not least, Cassandra of coco+kelley started on her kitchen renovation this week!  I can’t wait to see how her simple and natural and soothing design takes shape.   I’m 100% confident that it’s going to be a stunner!

Sources: one | two | three | four

xoxo
-Cathy

p.s.  I hope to photograph the Dexter House’s backyard soon for a reveal post!  But in the meantime, you can catch sneak peaks on Instagram, where you may also glimpse my wild boys…you know, in case you miss us 😉

p.p.s. speaking of Instagram, I went down renovation memory lane at the Ravenna House yesterday.  I forgot just how bad that basement was…!

p.p.p.s. Wilder is turning three next week. Three! I’m just striving for no tears (on my part), lots of dinosaurs and chocolate cake.  And did I mention chocolate cake?  Lots and lots of chocolate cake. Hopefully something like this one.

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Vintage Sinks in the Kitchen

THE DEXTER HOUSE

Let’s talk about vintage kitchen sinks for a minute.  I LOVE the look of vintage sinks in kitchens, especially in remodeled kitchens in older homes.  So when we began the kitchen remodel at the Dexter House, I scoured salvage stores and stalked Craigslist daily.  But I just couldn’t find the right one.

That’s when I stumbled upon vintage replica sinks…

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This 42″ washboard sink looks old but is actually brand new.

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The sink fit perfectly in my kitchen design.  And we were able to tuck the dishwasher underneath the washboard side to save space.  And while I would have preferred to use an old sink (that’s just how I roll…), I love that this sink improved upon some of the pitfalls of antique sinks: it has a deeper basin and the drain hole is wide enough to accommodate a garbage disposal.  So even though the sink was over $700, it was a no brainer for this remodel.

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We’ve been using this kitchen for six months now and are pretty happy with it.  I wish the basin was still a little deeper, and Garrett wishes we picked a lower faucet so water wouldn’t splash outside the sink as much.  But we both love the integral backsplash and the built-in drainboard for drying dishes and baby stuff.  I would definitely consider using this sink in another remodel, and of course I would definitely consider using a vintage sink, should the right one come along.

Here are three other kitchens who I think are using vintage sinks (or well-done replicas) awesomely:

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Sources: One | Two | Three

That first image is my all-time dream antique sink.  A washboard and an apron front (!).  Which I would put in my dream country house, of course.

I’d love to hear what you guys think.  Would you ever use a vintage sink in your kitchen? How about a vintage replica sink?

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. I spend my time reading about historic kitchen materials.  It’s cool.  Get on board!

p.p.s. Loving the idea of a fireplace in a dining room.  It seems so cozy.  You’d never have to leave the table in a room like this!

p.p.p.s. And speaking of dream dining rooms…oh weren’t we?! Mine would definitely have a table like this one in it. Must see if Garrett can build me one!

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The Dexter House in 1937

THE DEXTER HOUSE

Happy Friday, folks!  Sorry for the radio silence as of late.  We’ve been busy with planning for the lower unit and enjoying the nice weather.  Mostly the later.  After a long, gray winter we just can’t let this sunshine go unappreciated!

Today I wanted to share a photo of the Dexter House from 1937.  We think this house was built in 1905, so it’s already 32 years old in this photo.  I love all that ivy on the brick facade!

The Dexter House, 1937

Fast forward to 2016 and the Dexter House looks a little different, but still pretty original.  I miss the ivy and the original windows, but I still love this house.  It’s all charm and quaint and history and soooo unique for Seattle.

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This front facade will see a lot of changes as we begin the lower unit renovation this summer, but we’ll keep as much of the history in tact as possible.

What do you guys think of the brick facade of the Dexter House?  Does it still feel relevant or do you think it’s feeling a little…dingy/sad/old?

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. We’re going to start the new fence and backyard renovation this weekend and it’s going to look nothing like Ina Garten’s garden.  But a girl can dream 😉

p.p.s. This Spanish-style house in LA is sooooo good.  Check it out on Lonny!

p.p.p.s. Bee keeping…yes!  We’ve been trying to talk Nana into keeping bees at the farm for a couple years now.  Can you imagine fresh honey on toast EVERY MORNING?!

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Guest Bedroom: Going Black

THE DEXTER HOUSE

We painted the walls of the guest bedroom black and let me just say…I love them!

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Going black was super nerve-racking!  It’s just soooo dark.  An if you don’t like it, it’s not exactly easy to change.  But I’m so glad we went through with it.  Black feels crisp and classic and oh so cozy in our little guest bedroom.  The color is Benjamin Moore’s Onyx, which we’ve used in the Dexter House before.  I’ll let you in on a little secret…we used leftover floor paint on the walls in here.  I know, I know, totally not what you’re supposed to do, but we had so much paint leftover after doing the floors last summer, so we just went with it.

For the wainscot, we used bead-board paneling painted in BM’s Simply White, like the rest of the trim in the house.  We used 4′ tall panels topped with a 1″x4″ laid vertically and a 1″x2″ laid horizontally.  We chose bead-board style wainscot to match the existing paneling in the bathroom.

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Let me apologize in advance for the poor lighting in the next photo, but I wanted to give you a peak at the bed and light.

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If you remember, I was debating over two different antique bed frames for this room.  Well we picked the 1800s rope bed!  The scale worked really well with the height of the wainscot, and, most importantly, this frame is just my kind of wax.  I heart it one hundred and ten percent.

The brass hanging light was a hands-on project.  I wired it up myself from parts I bought online (more on that later).  I’ll be sharing the finished room with you as soon as we get a little sun around here and I can photograph it, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, you can read more about the design for this room here and the bed frame here.

Do you guys dig the black as much as I do…?

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Have you guys heard about this book/treasure-map?!  Decipher Mr. Forrest’s treasure map and you’ll find yourself a whole lot richer!

p.p.s. A dark beauty on design*sponge.  The more I look for dark interiors, the more I’m loving them!

p.p.p.s. Easter is coming!  I’m loving this farm to table table scape (how stunning is the wood table itself?!)

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Dexter Kitchen Renovation Part 2: the Reveal

THE DEXTER HOUSE

This is part 2 of a series on the Dexter House kitchen renovation.  Part 1 (the Renovation Process) can be found here.

After months of hard work, it’s finally time to share the renovated Dexter House kitchen with you.  And let me just say that no one is more excited about the finished space than me!  I love this kitchen – it is simple, elegant, efficient, and totally approachable.  And best of all, it’s 100% done!  Well 95%, but who’s counting…

I already told you guys about the renovation process in part 1, so lets get down to the main attraction.  The ‘after’ photos of the Dexter kitchen…

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Early in the design process, I decided to go with a ‘decidedly-not-white’ approach for this space, opting instead for a tuxedo plan that called for black lower cabinets.  The look is quite a bit different then our previous all-white kitchens (like the kitchens at the Ravenna and Bryant houses), but one that we really like.  In fact, this is both Garrett and my favorite kitchen renovation to date.

It took us a good 5 months to complete this room in tandem with the rest of the Dexter House renovation.  We did all of the work ourselves with some help from family and friends.  And by ‘family’ I mean mostly Papa, my father-in-law, and by ‘some’ I mean all of his nights and all of his weekends for the better part of half a year.  I know, you’re wondering where to get yourself a Papa right about now…what can I say, you’ve got to marry in 😉

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There’s a lot that I love about this kitchen.  I love the warmth of the wood, the sleekness of the stove, and vintage-feel of the sink.  I love that we can fit two adults plus a sweet baby and a toddler nicknamed “the tornado” in here and still manage to cook dinner.  I love that the kitchen is open enough to the dining room that you can sit and have a conversation with the chef (aka Garrett) but it’s not open so much that it feels like your whole house is a mess if there’s a bowl left out on the counter.  There’s also something not too precious about this space (as opposed to the Ravenna kitchen, which always felt a bit on the precious side), like you could render a duck in here and that’d be cool.  But what I love the most is that the kitchen feels cohesive with the rest of our 1905 Spanish-style house, which was my number one goal.

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At the end of every renovation, I like to take a look at the before and afters.  It really puts into perspective just how much work we’ve done.  So without further ado, here’s a look back to the Dexter House in May 2015 compared with how it looks today.

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Back in June, I wrote this description of what I wanted this kitchen renovation to turn out like:

“…I’m going for something a bit more cozy and rustic and old world.  A space that may look a bit more chaotic, but always feels like the heart of our family.  Basically I want the Dexter kitchen to feel like the kitchen of a 50-year-old Italian/Spanish/French mother of six, where you roll out biscuits right on the countertop, stir boiling pots of homemade marinara with your kids (your great grandmother’s recipe, obviously), and wear a cotton apron all day long.  Or perhaps an efficient, newer version of that.  Do you feel me?”

I summed it up as a “warm European feel” in August.  And while I think we achieved that generally, along the way, we also drifted off the mark a bit (like painting the lowers in high-gloss and installing an pro-style range).  But ultimately, we ended up with what we wanted.  Something efficient, welcoming, and ‘decidedly not-white’.  And most importantly, we ended up with a kitchen that we love!

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And in case you’re wondering why I said we’re only 95% done, well there’s still some paint touchup and caulking left to do.  But if you didn’t notice, I’m not going to point it out! 😉

Here’s a recap of all the Dexter kitchen posts… Campaign hardware | Butcher Block Countertops | Tuxedo Kitchen Progress | Cement Tile Backsplash | Tuxedo kitchen plan | Drywall and Cabinets | Rough In | Dexter Kitchen Plan | Framing and Final Demo | and all about the Mudroom

Next up is the budget and resources for this renovation.  But in the meantime, lay it on me.  What do you guys think about our tuxedo kitchen renovation?  I’d love to hear it…the good, the bad, and the I-would-never-ever-EVER-do-that!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. I’ve been pretty obsessed with “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” lately.  Not that obsession is a bad thing.  Have you seen it?  In another life, I think I might have married Phil and weighed 300 pounds and laughed so hard every day that I had a wrinkly face and killer abs.  ps It’s on Netflix!

p.p.s. Need a home tour fix?  Here’s another great Amber Interiors project, and check out how these newlyweds redid Grandpa’s Hollywood home.  And for something a little more sophisticated, check out this Brooklyn townhouse!

p.p.p.s. Planet 9.  The never seen, newly discovered planet in our solar system.  And shucks, they want to name it after one of my favorite nephews! 😉

p.p.p.p.s. I’m going on 30 days of clean eating and I’m loving it!  Actually the whole family has been loving it…our 2-year-old included!  Have any meal suggestions or tips for sticking with it?  I’ve got a small collection on Pinterest but would love more recipies!

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Dexter Kitchen Renovation Part 1: the Renovation Process

THE DEXTER HOUSE

This is part 1 of a series on the Dexter House kitchen renovation.  Part 2 (the Reveal) can be found here.

When we first toured the Dexter House in October of 2014, one of the things that stood out to me the most was the kitchen.  It had to go.  Complete with black mold and a horrendous layout, the kitchen was going to be a gut job. And that was exciting for this renovation-loving gal.  Kitchens are my favorite!

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We got the keys to the Dexter House on a Friday and Garrett and I spent our first evening at the house demoing the kitchen.  This happened to coincide with filming our mini-TV pilot, so producers caught all the action on film, adding a bit of extra excitement to the event.  With or without the cameras there, it was a pretty awesome night.  I love those first few moments in a house, when all that potential is there staring you in the face before demo starts and turns everything dusty and messy and looking like a ton of work.  So spending the first moments at the Dexter House with Garrett (and Brooks in my belly) was perfect.  Here’s an iPhone picture that the producers took of us on that first evening.

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Once demo was complete and the camera crew went home, I spent some time coming up with a layout for the kitchen.  This remodel is unique because in the end, we decided to remove square footage from the kitchen.  I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but hear me out.  As I mentioned, the layout was horrendous.  The kitchen had four doorways and very awkward geometry, and there just wasn’t any room for cabinets or prep space or even a dishwasher.  So, we made the kitchen smaller, enabling us to recapture wall space.  We closed off the attached eating nook (and converted it to a master bathroom…!), framed in the doorway to the hallway, and demoed a small closet that encroached into the kitchen.  This got us the wall space we needed to bring in more cabinets and create a nice workflow.  The kitchen is now an efficient 10’x11′ square, with only two doorways.  You can see the general floor plan here.

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It seems like I try to save original cabinets in every kitchen remodel we take on.  And by ‘seems’ I mean ‘do’ – like at the Bryant house and the Ravenna house and now, naturally, at the Dexter House.  Right from the get go, we discussed saving the bank of original cabinets on the south side of the kitchen, but as time and planning went on, this was widdled down to saving just the floor-to-ceiling pie safe and the upper cabinet next to it (seen in the photo above).  Sure it would have been faster and easier to just demo everything, but what’s the fun it that?

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With demo complete, a layout established, and a tuxedo design plan in the works, it was time to start building the kitchen back.  We began by framing in the old entrances to the hallway and dining nook and then enlarged the opening to the dining room, exposed the brick chimney, laid a new hardwood floor, roughed in electrical and plumbing, cut in skylights, drywalled and installed cabinets, vented the hood, tiled the backsplash, added butcher block countertops, installed the sink and faucets, painted everything, removed the door to the mudroom, added lights, brought the appliances in, built a dishwasher panel, hung the open shelves, and installed the cabinet hardware.

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Phew!  That was a lot of work.  We spent the better part of the summer renovating this room (along with the rest of the house) and finished the project just after moving into the house at the end of September, which happened to be about a week before baby Brooks was due.

I’ll show you the entire finished kitchen on Thursday.  But for today, here’s a peak at the kitchen and the family that built it.

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I’ll tell you what, renovating old houses is a dusty job, but I’m really glad we get to do it!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. I gathered a lot of inspiration for this tuxedo kitchen remodel on Pinterest.  Here are all of my favorite kitchens!

p.p.s. Did you catch my DIY on coco+kelley yesterday?! We photographed this project right here at the Dexter House and it was a blast!

p.p.p.s. So much truth about renovating and collecting and marriage is wrapped up in Victoria’s post.  Seriously though, read this!  She will have you laughing out loud.

p.p.p.p.s. And one more because this is pretty dang awesome…an extinct species is found again!

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A Flower-Filled House in Detroit

Okay, this flower exhibit is just too beautiful for me not to share with you guys.  Obviously, I’m pretty partial to old houses, but gorgeous old houses with flowers in them?!  It’s like a cross between my dreams and an Anthropologie catalog.  Seriously, check it out:

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This beautiful scene is from a preview day for an upcoming flower exhibit, which will take place at two abandoned old houses in Detroit.  And lets just talk about the houses for a minute…can you believe the architecture?!  Soaring ceilings, plaster walls, wood doors! All I can say is I want them, I love them, and oh how that potential gives me tingles!  It doesn’t seem right that there are such stately homes just sitting around abandoned and sold for $500! But apparently so it goes in Detroit.

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Check out the flower exhibit mission here.  The full show runs October 16-18th.  I’d love to go, but we’ll have a brand new baby and won’t be traveling anywhere further than the couch.  Are you in Detroit?  Please go and send pictures!

The one sad note is that both of these houses will be demolished after the flower show.  You can’t win them all…but at least the architectural materials will be salvaged.

Check out the official Flower House photos here and an article from Country Living here.

Photo credit: Heather Saunders Photography.

xoxo

-Cathy

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A Beautiful Seattle Fixer (you won’t believe what it sold for!)

SEATTLE, WA

From time to time, I like to show you guys a listing I’ve had my eye on.  And this fixer in the coveted Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle had me pretty excited.  Houses in this neighborhood are expensive even by Seattle standards, so when this 3bed/1bath listing came on the market for $556,000, we had to at least consider putting in an offer (we didn’t).  It has since sold to someone else for a crazy sum of money, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

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Pretty house, right?  And it doesn’t look too fixer-ish from the outside.  But the finished 1650sf interior is another story…

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And here’s the real potential for profit…a 780sf unfinished basement!

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I check local real estate on a daily basis, so I like to think I have a pretty good handle for what properties are worth in this market.  But I was shocked (SHOCKED!) to find out what this old house sold for last month…

$800,000

Yes, that is an eight followed by five zeros!  And yes, I agree with you, this town has gone crazy.  But I am really excited to see what the new owners do to the place, assuming they have some room left in their budget to renovate!

See the full listing and photos here from agent Mary Ann Fordyce, Windermere R.E. Wall Street Inc.

Update: Nice catch by reader, RLS!  This house was renovated and sold again in November 2015 for…get this…$1,955,000…!!!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Frances McDormand on aging.  Inspiring stuff.

p.p.s. I’m really into this industrial kitchen style. What about you…cool spaces, right?

p.p.p.s. We’re building a shed (with reclaimed siding!) in the Ravenna House’s backyard.  Hoping to have it finished soon, but in the meantime you can catch updates on my Instagram page.

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