In the midst of working on all my wonderful clients’ homes, I am also in the process of a home renovation of my own! We recently purchased a 1960’s ranch and are in the midst of turning it into the home of our dreams! This home boasted some quite unusual features, such as the fact that it came complete with two kitchens. That detail has been very helpful during the renovation process as we have been able to divide the project into two phases, simply living in one end of the house.

This home was outdated in several ways, but I could see its amazing potential the moment I stepped inside. I am going to take you all through the process with me, showing you the highs and lows of a renovation project! Several of the “before photos” are below, to help you get an idea of exactly what we are working with.

This is the kitchen original to the home, and the location where our new kitchen will remain. We are tearing down walls, ripping up floors, painting, installing tile, and giving this space an amazing transformation! My kitchen cabinets are being installed next week, and I can’t wait to see them!

Before, the sad little range sat on his own in the middle of the wall. Not for long!

Not every wall is paneled! This mirrored beauty greeted you right as you walked in the door. This is the other side of the oven wall seen above, and is being torn down to really open up this living area and make it the heart of our home.

Would you believe these closets stored the existing washer and dryer? Very inefficient, lugging laundry across the room!

The is the original main bathroom. Mint and coral are the new sea foam and salmon.

I am extra excited about this space! This will be my son’s bedroom, with an attached playroom up those stairs. Like a built-in tree house!

Here is the bath connected with this bedroom. HOW they fit the shower in this tiny space is beyond me. It took up more than half the space and greets you at the doorway.

This hallway/room served as a pathway between the original house and a later addition, so there are three doorways in this space. It may not seem big, but this space offered so much functional potential for the renovation.

I have big plans for this hallway!

This is the master bedroom. I don’t think you can get a more “blank slate” than this!

Even though the star tile is fun, we have big plans for master bathroom as well! The toilet actually dates back to 1935, well before the house was even built. Did you know vintage toilets have their manufacturing date stamped into them?

Here is the second kitchen, complete with paneled walls and cabinets! Don’t overlook the fancy horseshoe hardware. Overkill, maybe? While it is so nice having this extra kitchen during our renovation, this space will transform into the master bathroom extension, future laundry/mudroom and powder room. Great space!

A view of the sink and boomerang countertops. Yes, those floors are going as well. We put duct tape and a rug over the tear. Quick fixes to get us through until demo starts for phase 2!

This room will transform in the family room. With great views of the backyard and center patio, we are going to bring the outdoors in!

I am so excited to share this process with you. Be sure to check back for progress updates!

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