I saw this little house on Zillow with a price reduction. It had my 2 must haves in real estate investment properties. 1-Off street parking, 2-a yard, but this one had 3- an out building. I really wanted this house. It was close to the universities (Mathilda would be transferring to Tulane in the spring) and in a cute, becoming renovated neighborhood.
An older couple lived in this house for many years. They had moved some years before to be closer to family. The house was super handmade and the owner did much of the updates himself. Very quirky and in need of a gut renovation. It was a single shotgun with four rooms and a bathroom with a tiny enclosed porch on the back.
The bathroom, in the rear, was squeezed into the kitchen. It had a very “doll house” quality that I loved. But needed updating.
The very back had an enclosed porch that was used for storage and a washer dryer. The house had a great backyard.
I did a few drawings for this renovation. I was really trying to keep the costs down. So wanted to keep the floorpan intact, but the more I thought about it and talked to architecture friends and contractors, I decided to change the layout somewhat.
The biggest change was adding a hallway to give the house a private bedroom (albeit small). We had to move a few doorways and ended up moving a new bathroom (closer to the bedroom) and adding 1/2 bath/laundry room.
The demo started and we added the framing for the new layout.
Demo in progress.
My design mood boards for the house was very beachy, airy and clean, including light woods and black accents.
Much of the lighting and fixtures were found at second hand shops and resale stores. I tried to reuse as much as I could from the house demo. I found track lighting at the Habitat ReStore and doors at The Green Project and Ricca’s Salvage.
Sheet rock is going up here, tile choices (all tile bought on sale) and the house interior painted BM Simply White.
I used a lot of Ikea. Up cabinets for the kitchen, vanities for the bathrooms, lighting, closets and shelving.
Floors happened next. We sanded the original floors throughout the house. We used the a product from Monocoat that I have used in another house renovation. It is a 2 part stain/oil mixture. You buff it on and and it seals the wood to a very hard finish and it is stain and water proof. I love this product.
The kitchen started coming together. As I said previously, I used Ikea up cabinets and bought a cheaper white shaker base cabinet with white quartz countertops.
In the half bathroom we kept the bead board exterior wall as is. Same with the yellow paint to give homage to the original house.
I used the same idea of enclosing the washer/dryer with birch plywood, adding the chalkboard painted, oversized dowel system for hanging towels or delicates to dry and it holds lots of extra toilet paper rolls.
For the master bathroom we reused the clawfoot tub, but painted it black. The sconce is from local company Sazerac Stitches. All tile was on sale at Floor and Decor. Round skylight really made this bathroom. It did not have a window and the natural light makes a huge difference.
The guest room (since my daughter is in college we wanted her to have a roommate) does not have a private entrance. As with many shotgun houses in New Orleans you walk through it to get to the kitchen. I decided to make a “hallway” of sorts using a privacy screen on the canopy bed and a vintage screen to hide the closet. I used the same birch plywood, painted chalkboard oversized dowel system on the bed.
My daughter has a small private bedroom off the new hallway. We decided on a loft double bed to maximize space. The bed has shelving and a desk underneath. Ikea wardrobe and hook system.
The living room contains a large second hand sectional sofa for movie nights with friends and just lounging.
The yard was finished recently with crushed limestone and concrete steps.
Finished yard. Still have some side yard planting to do, but next phase!
We painted the front of the house. House color BM Simply White. Door color BM Yellow Finch. New landscaping in front plus new fence.
Front- Before and After
Front living room- Before and After
Hall addition- Before and after
Master Bath- Before and After
Master bedroom- Before and After
Guest room- Before and After
Kitchen- Before and Afters
Half bath- Before and After
Washing area- Before and After
Kitchen roof- Before and After
Outside- Before and After
Back of house- Before and AfterGO BACK