In 2004 my husband, Fabio and I, bought a three bedroom, two bath house in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The house is located on a canal just a 10 minute walk from the beach. In other words, ideal.
There were quite a few adjustments we wanted to make but otherwise loved the house, so we bought it with the intention to remodel. The kitchen was a small 1950’s (the house was built in 1957) galley style kitchen and my Italian husband loves to cook. The galley kitchen needed a major makeover to meet his standards. Without going into excruciating detail right now, we simply wanted to personalize the layout of the house to meet our needs. Well, the house also needed electrical, plumbing and ac updates seeing that almost nothing had been updated since the house was built. Also, note the roof pictured above. This is known as a Bermuda Roof. It is one massive block of concrete with a little faux chimney at the peak. Yes, perfect for withstanding hurricanes but not exactly a classic style. We eventually decided that should be changed too.
So to clarify exactly what The Great Renovate involves…
- New Roof
- New Plumbing
- New AC
- New Electrical
- Relocate Kitchen from south side of house to north side which involved knocking down a wall that separated the previous bedroom and living room to create a kitchen and dining room
- Transform old kitchen into a studio/office
- Rework east side of the house that originally was an office with a closet, bathroom and gym with a closet to create a master suite including master bedroom, master bathroom, fabulous walk-in closet and gym.
- Remodel guest bathroom
- Rework garage space to include a separate laundry room
- Remodel pool which includes shortening the length, decreasing the depth and adding a spa (which I still call a jacuzzi)
- New landscaping
That’s it. 😉