Better Late Than Never

24 Oct

Happy homeowners

We finally closed on “12 Oaks” today! I wish I could say it was a smooth transition. Being a “short sale” (which should be called a “long sale”) with 2 different mortgages (and a lean!) on it, our closing was delayed 6 weeks, meaning we had to pack up and move into a rental house while we waited. It was pretty stressful, but the whole ordeal has made the closing of 12 Oaks even more exciting! And it’s provided a good lesson for us, that it’s not the house, but who you share it with that makes it home. Cheesy, I know, but true.

I figured I’ll start off this first blog post with all the before pictures of the house. It needs a lot of work, I mean A LOT, but we are up to the challenge (ask me this again in a couple months). A few of the things on the agenda include:

  • Renovation of 3 bathrooms
  • Remodel kitchen
  • Rehab the in-ground pool
  • Build a barn
  • Add a master addition
  • Paint and re-finish floors in the entire house
  • Eventually finish the basement
  • Build a deck and/or patio around the pool
  • Landscaping- lots of landscaping
  • Remove a wall to create an open floor plan
  • New windows and a roof

Today we started cleaning out about 2 years worth of cobwebs and dust accumulated from the house being vacant. Next will be painting and getting as much done in the next couple of weeks before we move in early November and then head off on our honeymoon.

I’m hoping this blog will help us document the entire renovation process, let friends and family keep up with our DIY adventures, serve as a creative outlet, and maybe eventually serve as inspiration to others.

So without further ado, here’s a “before” house tour:


Back of house and pool


Living Room on Closing Day

Dining Room


1st floor bathroom


Bedroom #1 (Yes, that’s Maria Sharapova)

Upstairs bathroom

Upstairs hallway

Bedroom #2 (Yup, another Sharipova)

Bedroom #3 (Future office)

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom


Front yard

Driveway lined with.. you guessed it 12 Oaks

Like I said, A LOT of work.

We’ll be back soon with an update. Can’t wait to slap some paint on the walls!

3 Responses to “Better Late Than Never”

  1. Becky Johnson December 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Hi Amanda & Ben,
    Its a lot of work but you both look like your up to it. It reminds me of Jerry and my remodeling days with our houses we done. It looks like a very nice house and you both will make it a beautiful home. Your doing a great job! Thank you for sharing your blog with me and am looking forward to many more pictures.
    Aunt Becky

    • 12oaksblog December 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

      Thanks for your encouragement Aunt B! I know you and Jerry have been through a lot of renovations.


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