This house was a HUGE education for my husband and me. It was our primary residence and I LOVED this house. Looking back I can say with certainty that I overlooked many of its flaws (accidentally on purpose?) so that purchasing it at the negotiated price seemed like a good idea (it wasn’t.) After all is said and done, I still love this house. It was a great learning experience and it allowed us to “save” enough money that once we sold it, we were able to purchase a better rental property outright. Here’s what I learned from the front yard: (click Read More)
This is the story of our first home remodel of a 3 bed/1.75 bath, 1880sf, 1955 brick ranch house.
We moved to El Paso, Texas from Germany in 2015 and had about 10 days to find a house before my husband, and Army pilot extraordinaire, had to go to an 8 week training course out of state. This was going to be our home, not an investment property, and we wanted a super walkable neighborhood with lots of amenities. We decided to purchase something in Kern Place--a historic and hip neighborhood in El Paso. Moving in October, I can't say that inventory was great and I was pretty convinced that we'd have to do some home improvements to whatever house we chose. We didn't really plan on an entire house renovation...
My husband didn't even want to look at this house in the beginning, but I had loved the huge live oak in the (overgrown) yard and had seen photos of the oak floors inside and could see its potential. I finally persuaded him that we should take a peek. This is what we walked into...
A bit scary? Maybe. Walls begging to be torn out... definitely! (click Read More to continue...)