We first mentioned it on the blog way back last January but we finally put together a video home tour of our new project house! This is all the nitty gritty befores, plus why we decided to buy a (second) fixer-upper 1970’s home to be a project house, and also the short version of the 6 month saga spent trying to buy a different house before this one worked out so perfectly for us. Check it out below — and since we’ve already shared some projects from this house with you, keep watching to see all of those too and get a bit of a sneak peek at how we’ve updated the house so far. (New videos will be added to this playlist as we finish the projects we currently have going, so be sure to subscribe to our channel to see all the newest videos!)
The Jordan House BEFORE Home Tour
As we mentioned in the video, we’ve been living in a remodel zone for the last 18 years — that’s our entire marriage! And our daughters don’t know anything different than going to school and coming home to a house with one less wall, or a completely rearranged room (or like we shared in the video — a “bedroom” set up in the dining room while the dining room furniture has been moved into the living room!)
We’ve been blogging our home remodels for the last 10 years. We love the remodel life (see our tips for surviving living in a remodel here)… but it was starting to wear on us that we are always living in the necessary mess and disorganization that comes with remodeling (and blogging), and that we never really got to enjoy the finished spaces due to moving.
So when our neighbors decided to sell their house, after missing out on my dream house and a long fruitless battle (and lost earnest money :'( ) for another house (get the whole story above in the video!) we jumped at the opportunity to renovate what we have dubbed The Jordan House — which is remodel #7 for us! There are a lot more projects to come, but here are a few that we’ve already shared.
Watch the video above for all the BEFORES of these spaces, plus other spaces we haven’t shown anywhere else on the blog yet 😉
This is one of the first things we did, and we always love new flooring, but installing luxury vinyl tile wood plank flooring on the entire main level was the beginning of really making this new home FEEL like it was getting a new look. Be sure to read all about the LVT flooring and why we love it here.
The new carpet in the basement came later than the vinyl tile wood planks, and we love love love it. I was able to find some great textured carpet just like I had been admiring at home shows. Check it out here.
Since this home is older and doesn’t really have a mudroom area or a real “entryway” area, we needed to make it work for us and this modified KALLAX cube shelf has been amazing.
This old home has a lot of flat doors, so we turned one old wood door into a farmhouse style X barn door for just $25! It adds so much simple character to the room.
After replacing the floors and repainting some walls, our neutral space was coming together nicely… but feeling a little bit too neutral. So we added the perfect blue accent colors and painted our interior doors and it was just the punch of character that we needed.
We’ve added charging outlets in several places in our home as we make our home smarter, and the video tutorial shows how we added them to our living room so we can recharge our devices AND our bodies as we relax at the end of the day.
She Shed AKA Mom’s Relaxing Room
We put together this fun “she shed” style mom hideout with the rest of the house in a bit of disarray but it was such a fun opportunity I couldn’t pass it up! And, best of all, we used all things from our home or storage unit.
As we mentioned in the home tour video above, we love the covered patio in this new home. It’s even better now that we patched and painted the concrete and gave it a budget-friendly outdoor dining area makeover.
Want to see more of our other homes too?
We only started really blogging around remodel #4, but we’ve posted some earlier projects as Retro Remodels so you can see where we started… and how far we (and our photography skills) have come in 18 years.