Location: Seattle, Washington
Last June, my husband Ezra and I purchased a fixer upper in the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle. Although the home was pretty outdated and in need of some major help, we saw potential in the home. So, we purchased it and gut renovated the place from top to bottom on a limited budget, finding inexpensive materials without sacrificing on our desired aesthetic and doing all of the design work on our own to save on costs.
Some of the changes include:
- Removing all wood trim off windows (and replacing windows) to create a cleaner, modern look
- Removing the load-bearing walls that sectioned off the living room, dining room and kitchen to create an open floor plan
- Gut renovation of kitchen including extending a 3ft wide window to 7ft to make the most of the Puget Sound view, and closing off another window to make better use of the space
- Removing illegal, unpermitted kitchen in basement and removing separating walls to create a new den and bedroom
Out style is a mix of mid-century and modern. Furniture and decor have been purchased from local flea markets, Etsy, Ikea, West Elm, along with some DIY work (my husband took a woodworking class which has come in handy!) We're proud of how we were able to turn this place around and see potential in a home that no one else wanted to purchase.
It was a crazy time as we had to live in my sister's basement during renovations, I was pregnant, plus both of us had started new jobs, but we love the fact that we were able to make this home ours and create a place to raise our baby Jonah.
You can find before photos on Sandra's Flickr.
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(Image credits: Sandra Ahn)