Ahhh, the American Dream.
Work hard, get married, move to the suburbs, buy a home with a white picket fence, have 2.5 children and a dog…
But what if the “dream” doesn’t bring you happiness?
Specifically that bit about the burbs?
My good friend Anna, from Rhoads Construction blog experienced just that.
I first met Anna when she was lugging home some monstrosity that could barely pass as furniture to refurbish in to a gem (I knew we were kindred spirits right away).
As neighbors, we both lived in brand new, lovely homes in a planned development in the suburbs of Tucson.
After a while she became disenchanted with suburb living. Living so close to your neighbors (you could almost touch your neighbor’s house through your window), no privacy, no freedom to even plant a tree with out Neighborhood Association approval, it became too much for her. So she and her husband did something radical. They bought a fixer-upper on 7 acres of land. When she posted her new home I literally thought they had bought a storage unit with an attached airplane hanger. I knew she had good taste but not even I could envision what she was going to do to make that place liveable.
View of the front of the house.
I know right? All this to get out of the suburbs?
Anna isn’t afraid of rolling up her sleeves and getting to work. They painted and replaced the flooring…
Gutted the bathroom and put in all new everything…
They completely transformed the kitchen, living and dining area. In total they spent a jaw dropping $4325 for materials and labor. See breakdown here.
Anna found the cabinets on Craigslist for $500. and painted them white! Talk about the deal of the century!
Here are a few more shots of her son’s nursery.
And last but not least the playroom.
I can hardly believe this is the same place!
Anna says she no longer has to worry about her kids getting hit by cars in the street like she had to in the suburbs and loves the privacy and freedom to do whatever she wants design-wise on the property.
Her next project is an outdoor shower and further down the line they plan on building their dream home on their newly acquired 7 acres and keeping the existing home as a guest house.
I love when people think outside the box and do something non-traditional to make life work better for their situation.
To read more about Anna’s adventures check out her blog Rhoads Construction.