I purchased my home in 2015 and since then it has been an ever-evolving work in progress. The house itself was built in 1940 in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. The previous owners had taken most of the vintage charm out of the house over the years but had taken great care of the house itself. Once I purchased it, I set out to bring back as much of that original character as possible.
With the exception of the potted plants (which I planted in a feeble attempt to try and add some greenery), this is how the house looked when I purchased it. After looking at houses in my budget with signs announcing upcoming demolition, missing roofs and in one case, a house I was almost positive had been used as a barn, I was willing to overlook the completely paved front yard and other cosmetic flaws.
In exchange, I got a cute house with hurricane windows (huge plus in Miami, FL), updated plumbing and air conditioning (yep, some of those houses listed above still don't have AC).
After a coat of paint, concrete removal and the addition of a white picket fence, the house looked something like this.
It's come a long way from this point but it still has a long way to go. I've decided to bring you along on the rehab adventure so stay tuned for some work-in-progress, some DIY and some before and afters. Because we all love before and afters.