Earlier this summer I said good-bye to #DukeTheTravelTrailer. I briefly explained my reasonings for moving out in this recent post, but it was time for a new adventure. My parents and I had been discussing the opportunity of investing in the Austin market and it seemed like a good time to finally pull the trigger. (I also needed a place to live) I obviously didn’t want something huge, there’s so many benefits of living in a smaller space – and I saw lots of potential to turn this inefficient space into something very functional, cozy and modern. We wanted an affordable remodel that we could either flip in the next year or hold on to as a rental – something I could put lots of sweat equity into while also living in until I figure out the next step in life. Which is how #TheHouseOff12th came to be.
Not quite sure you could even use the term ‘fixer upper’, but I saw the potential of this sweet, unpretentious and completely weathered little 750 sq.ft 1950’s bungalow nestled deep in the heart of north eastside of Austin. I absolutely love the eastside of town. It has a long way to go before it’s completely transformed, but that’s what I find so exciting about it. It’s still clinging on to the ‘keep Austin weird’ mentality, but people are investing heavily in home restorations and new construction all around the area. There’s a ton of great restaurants, bars, shops and everything you need all within walking distance. It’s full of opportunity and charm.
I got sold on the massive cactus that sits right out front of the house. I can’t wait to free it from the overgrown shrubbery that’s currently hiding it. It’s seriously #cactusgoals and I can’t wait for it to be front and center. The house is on a good-sized lot that backs up to a small creek with a big backyard that will make Chloe a very happy, (and hopefully a little less lazy) dog. It’s heavily wooded with large trees that create the perfect canopy – keeping it cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. I picture it as the perfect getaway spot for weekend entertaining and hanging out. When you’re back there you feel so far outside the city, when it reality it’s just a 5 minute drive to downtown. It has so much potential and being the big picture person I am, I love the possibility of giving it a second chance instead of just knocking it down to replace it with some cookie cutter house. It’s got crooked walls, low ceilings and a lot of things in the house just don’t make much sense, but we’re giving it the TLC it desperately needs. Throughout the course of the remodel I’ll be trying to share the process of everything we’re doing both here and on my Instagram via the hashtag – you you guessed it, #TheHouseOff12th.
Right now it’s been a bit of a whirlwind as we try to hit an October 1st. deadline of getting flooring installed. We almost went with this light oak option from Wayfair, but instead chose this more realistic looking version from BuildDirect. I’m trying not to agonize too much of the design details since I’m not building out my dream home and have to consider ‘the masses’ if we go to sell quick, but pulling the trigger still pretty difficult, especially when I’m drawn to so many different styles. I’m staying busy pinning all my inspiration to this Pinterest board.
In the mean time we’ve been very busy – all the popcorn ceiling has already been scraped off (not fun, but went quicker than I thought), the carpet and tile has all been lifted, I’m slowly making my way through each room patching holes, sanding and getting the walls ready for lots and lots of white paint. (are you shocked by the color choice?) It’s currently an odd creamy beige-y mess and I can’t wait to give her a complete makeover.
So here’s to the newest ‘small-ish’ living adventure. While it’s not technically ‘tiny living’ anymore, it’s still very small and I look forward to seeing how I can transform it into a high-functional and well-design space. My hope is I can continue helping those thinking about downsizing or currently making the transition to a smaller or tiny home. It’s going to be a fun challenge and I’m totally up for it!