Florida Home: Before Pics and Plans


Normal visitors and Instagram followers are conscious that immediately after a extended search, we acquired a home in Florida. There are many causes why we’re creating this move which I’ll go into in increased element at a upcoming date. Primarily it is just a feeling that we require a change just after 40+ decades dwelling in California.

We’ve talked of a different way of living, one particular that is relaxed and far more reasonably priced than the charge of residing in California. Just after driving close to the Gulf Coast of Florida two times in the very last 12 months, we narrowed our research to Sarasota as a location to transfer. We like the local community, the downtown, and the proximity to attractive shorelines so we bought a property there as the two an investment and a long term household. I’ll be living there in the summer renovating the place and we will reside permanently starting up this drop with my son finishing higher school in Florida.

How did we land on this household? We began searching at new construction properties in Sarasota since we considered that would be best for building the go, but absolutely nothing was offered to shift into for at the very least a year, so we turned our interest to fixer uppers in neighborhoods we appreciated. On the past working day we left Florida this a person popped up on the current market. We experienced to transfer fast and offer a non-refundable deposit, but we were being in deal inside of 48 hrs and the home was ours three months afterwards.

We now very own a 3 bedroom 2 bathtub 1960s one tale rancher with a great huge property and room to insert a pool! It’s really close to Siesta Crucial too. Because I’ll be documenting the overall renovation on the site, the very best place to start out this tale is with the ‘Before’ photos so you can see what we’re commencing with.

What is serendipitous is that this house came with manufacturer new home furnishings. The furniture is not my design at all, but the stroke of luck is that as a end result I do not have to haul a bunch of furniture across the state. It is ridiculous pricey to ship household furniture in a POD or truck or push it in a UHaul. The offers I obtained ranged from $10k for a POD and $19k for movers and I’d relatively make investments in the renovation, so we will be bringing just a several personal things and will make household furniture swaps over time.

This house will get a total makeover top to base, we will be replacing flooring, renovating bathrooms and the kitchen, and also adding a pool and tons of tropical botanicals to the yard. Immediately after the ‘Before’ pictures I share some inspiration shots so you can see the look I’m going for and some of the aspects I’ll be including.


In this article is the kitchen, incredibly dated but pretty thoroughly clean! This is the ideal set up for me since I can dwell with this for a handful of months, there’s no want to renovate promptly. It buys me time to occur up with the excellent kitchen area renovation strategy and not hurry options. Having said that a person matter that will adjust quickly is the arched florescent mild fixture, I’ll swap it with some smaller and easy recessed or flush mounts as a substitute.

The kitchen receives pure light from the dining nook and breakfast nook on the opposite facet and has excellent flow into the community and dining spaces. This a single will be entertaining to renovate down the highway. That breakfast nook past will be a tiny dwelling business as a substitute. The dining space place is below.

The kitchen area sink and peninsula glance out into this eating space area. Like I described before, the dwelling came with new furnishings. I’m grateful for it but it will be changed with a wooden desk and woven eating chairs that seat 6 to 8 folks and wired for a definitely great chandelier to be identified.

Also… you’ll notice… SO.Many.VERTICAL.BLINDS and CEILING Supporters to change. There will be significantly discussion on new window treatments and lights and supporters as I slowly but surely update them about the residence.

This is the family space place, it came with these leather loungers which I’m positive my teens will love while they last but they won’t for prolonged, I’ll obtain a modern day sectional for this room. That wall enjoyment heart will be changed with a floating media credenza.


I also want to enclose this space and exchange the carpet with tile so it is additional of a sunroom and separate from the entry and living space, pictured under. I’ll add double doors to enclose it and separate it for private Television set viewing.

This is the entry and dwelling place, it is roomy and extensive and will come with these turquoise overstuffed sofas. I have currently painted the blue partitions white and swapped the espresso desk and rug as well. At some point I’ll offer and swap the sofas for far more personalized variations.


This is the corridor lavatory, very cleanse but dated so this would be one particular of the to start with spaces to renovate. Goodbye florescent light fixture, self-importance, & tile, howdy modern day makeover which include new flooring, stunning wall tile, and a floating vanity.


The visitor bed room will come with a matching home furniture set and mattress-in-a-bag linens. All this will alter in excess of time, but the mattress is super cozy, I slept right here for 4 nights. I’ll retain the mattress, but offer and switch every thing else. This place will be built for people and for when my daughter will come house from college or university on weekends and vacations.


This is the latest “office” which will soon be my teenage son’s space. I have ideas to switch these desks and build him a bed with a constructed in charging station. I’ve already drawn up the ideas for that and I’m seeking forward to building it for him!


This is the main bedroom, it’s a much larger dimensions which I like and it includes an additional matching bed room established and the identical bed-in-a-bag linens. I’ll sell this home furnishings and replace it with new home furniture that is my taste.

The most important lavatory is smaller, so I’m looking at an expansion due to the fact it is found at the again of the dwelling which would make an extension a likelihood. The adjacent closets are really small so I like the strategy of an addition for a far more roomy toilet off the major bed room. For now, I’ll get pleasure from that pink formica and tile. 🙂

We’re seriously thrilled about this yard, the big tree is wonderful, I’ll mild it up with a twinkle lights and build inviting seating beneath. To the ideal there is loads of area to incorporate a pool!

What an experience ideal? I have not been this psyched in several years! After a extended and weary pandemic, this is just the energetic injection we have to have.

The style and design type of this renovation will be gentle and shiny, loads of white and normal wood, a modern day coastal design with a touch of midcentury modern-day. Below are just a handful of inspiration pics I have collected in my *big* Pinterest board for this dwelling.

For the interior flooring, I’d like to refinish them in a whitewash tone reminiscent of the white sand seashores shut by. For the kitchen area, I adore the idea of pale wood cupboards and white tile.

abby hetherington interiors

Pale inexperienced is also some thing I’m thinking about for kitchen cupboards.


For the eating space, light-weight and vibrant is so appealing to me due to the fact it appears to be like out to the backyard.

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For the bedrooms, serenity will be important! I’m loving muted colours and added ease and comfort.

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mindy gayer style and design


For the bathrooms, I want vibrant tile in refined hues. I can’t get this minty inexperienced zelige tile out of my thoughts so I might go with this shade in the hall bathroom.

milton & king


For the yard, I’m considering of a glass pool enclosure and as quite a few tropical botanicals as I can match.


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and I need to involve an outdoor shower, proper?

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It feels so superior to have my hands on this job and to be starting up a new chapter in a new household in a various condition. I’ve presently painted the blue partitions in the living place white and built some furnishings modifications way too. Far more coming before long.

I’m putting up a total movie tour of the “before” areas on Instagram tales tomorrow if you want to get a sense for the flow of the household, appear for it there. The films include things like additional of the backyard and the rear patio (not revealed). I’ll be starting up on this renovation in July, so a great deal additional to appear!  This new dwelling challenge requires a identify or hashtag, what do you advise?


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