Making Improvements


I’ve mentioned before that I own a little (~680 sq.ft.), inexpensive house that I’ve slowly but surely been working to update and remodel. When I bought the place, it admittedly needed a lot of work. But, it had a lot of charm, the size and price were right for me, and it had a big, beautiful, fenced in back yard. I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth in bonfires alone!

This is my house prior to the exterior renovations. At this time all I'd done is removed the bushes that covered the front.
This was my little house prior to the exterior renovations. At this time all I’d done is removed the bushes that covered the front.

Remodeling this house hasn’t exactly been cheap, or easy. It’s taken me a lot of time as I slowly work through, alternating between interior and exterior projects. Last year, I worked with a contractor to replace the siding, soffits, fascia, and gutters. They were supposed to also replace the roof on the porch, but after numerous disagreements, we parted ways before it was complete.

A few weeks ago, I hired a contractor I had originally talked to about doing the porch (before I hired the contractor for the siding). Last week they came out and completed the project. I had toyed with the idea of adding a gable roof, but in the end decided against it. The whole process with this contractor was simple, easy, and stress free. He made sure he understood what I wanted, let me consider a variety of options, and was incredibly easy to work with. And, in the end, I think it looks great!

This is my house now!
This is my house now!

Obviously, there’s still some work to be done. There’s a lot that I want to do, and a lot that I need to do. I’m trying to weigh out the value and necessity of each project as I go. But at the very least it makes me happy to know that, should I sell tomorrow, I’m leaving the house better than when I bought it. That makes my neighbors happy too; I’ve gotten a lot of compliments along the way.

In the end, my little house may not end up being a total financial win. I’ve put a lot of money into fixing it up, and I may struggle to sell it for what I owe. But, that doesn’t make it a total loss. It was an inexpensive place to live when my budget was tight. And I can take pride in the improvements I’ve made while living there.

– Cindy W.


  1. The after looks incredible! You did an amazing job. I’d love to read more on renovations or DIY that you are doing on your house.

    1. Thanks! I’ve considered doing a few posts about my remodeling projects, but wasn’t sure if this was the right forum. I guess it’s worth giving it a shot!

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