When we bought our first home 18-years-ago, we had no idea how long we'd live there. I was 24-years-old and we weren't even married.
Two years after buying our "starter" home, Steve and I were married. We weren't planning on having kids, so we didn't need much more room. It met our needs and we were building equity.
Lakewood is where I grew up and we loved living there. The walkability and proximity to downtown and our jobs were the highlights. Early on, we talked about moving to a warmer climate, but that never came to fruition.
…and there was always something special about Lakewood. We had no idea it would become the hot commodity that it is now!
A few years ago, we were having some plumbing issues and were were just fed up with living in a century home. Everything is old and the project list is never-ending.
We also knew Lakewood is where we wanted to be and there was no other option. Plain and simple.
The market in Lakewood has been outrageous for several years and we were constantly baulking at the selling prices of homes similar to ours. That also means we were floored to see the selling prices of houses better than ours! We quickly learned that buying a new and improved home was out of the question. We just couldn't justify or afford it!
So, we did it.
We turned our 101-year-old starter home into our dream home.
Demolition started on June 1, 2021 and the project finished up in January of 2022. We managed to live through it all!
We dreamed our dream together. Steve was the brains behind the layout of the addition and I designed nearly every single detail of the renovation.
Here are some before pictures. Most of these show the complete transformation of the first floor. It's unrecognizable. The remaining show how we changed the upstairs dramatically - now offering the ideal guest suite for visitors near and far!
Can you believe we made our extra tiny "yard" even tinier?! :)
Here is the final product! We are so incredibly happy and love love love our new house!!
We created a new main entryway in the back of the house with double French doors. The addition didn't really take away too much of the patio. We're still able to fit our table and grill...what more do we need?!
Cheers...and come visit!