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Friday, August 21, 2015

The Old Home Place

H and I have lived in the home you see in my posts for about 8 years.   Where did we come from? ......a lovely townhouse that we had lived in for 25 years.    We have kept it in case we might want a smaller home to retire in.
  It has been a rental all these years that we have been gone...and occupied the entire time.   When the last  tenant moved out,  we took the opportunity to do a few updates.

Come on in!  
 The entry is  a small area as you come in the front door,, the left of the entry is the kitchen ....and to the right is the living area.

There is a small closet pantry in the kitchen,  but I needed a little more storage.    H built me this wonderful pantry area using the snack bar ( see it up on the legs) that ran down the center of the kitchen.  Then he built a tower on each side of the snack bar.

The snack bar that H used for the new pantry was attached to the small wall that you see on the far right of this photo.   By removing the snack bar and repurposing it ,  it opened up the galley kitchen area and the small eating area and made  a nice sized  room.
Our rental has been managed by Remax all these years,  and we used their contractor to do all the updates that we wanted done.    We had them install a granite coutertop,  new faucet, and stainless steel sink in the kitchen.
The kitchen/dining area opens into the family room.

The family room is good sized and full of light.   Some of the updates that we did while we lived there was to paint the dark wood cabinets a bright white and have mirrors and overhead lights installed.   We took out the beige carpet and laid laminate floors....yes we laid them ourselves.   H took out the sliding doors and installed french doors that go out to the sunroom.

H installed beadboard  and made a pretty cornice for these windows.

The fireplace was a very plain  when we moved in..  The brick was orange and the fireplace  had a big railroad tie for a mantle.    This is how it looked after H did his magic.

Here you can see how the French doors open out to the sunroom.    Big windows surround the sunroom and you can see......

the neighbors home's and the common areas.

This is the hallway that leads to the utility room....2 bathrooms...and 3 bedrooms.

The contractor put in new toilets, sliding shower doors,  mirrors,  sinks,  faucets,  cabinets,  floor tile and granite countertops.

The second bath got the same!

I was so excited to be in our old home today.....maybe we will return there some day when our currant home becomes too big for us to take care of.    Our home now is over 3500 sq feet....our old home place is about 1700 sq feet..
We have a huge yard now.....this is the only yard at the townhouse that is the owners responsibility to take care of.   The area's beyond the fence are maintained by the association.     The area that has concrete pavers instead of brick used to be a big pond with Koi fish in it.   We filled it in with dirt.....tenants don't want that kind of stuff!

I hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane!


  1. What a pretty townhouse! It certainly looks like someplace I would like to retire to! Love the updates.

  2. I love the openness and brightness of your pretty townhouse. Your Hubby is so handy...lucky girl!!!

  3. I think you were very smart to hang on to the townhouse. It looks like it would be a lovely retirement home!

  4. Boy, what a nice rental! I bet the people who get a chance to live there are very happy!

  5. Thanks for sharing! Love everything about the place, except the stencils (sorry).

  6. Penny,
    I so enjoyed seeing your townhouse rental!! Is it one level? It is very pretty and roomy! Ours is a little over 1000 sq. ft. so yours is much larger than ours. I keep saying that our next move is down the street and into an apartment in the same Apartment Complex where our sons live.

  7. What pretty built in details you have there!

  8. Very nice! I could live happily there!

  9. Penny I love the tour. What a beautiful place to live.

    Hugs from Oklahoma,

    Cottage Making Mommy

  10. It's adorable. I love the countertops.

  11. Hi Penny, i' m back! Your townhouse is wonderful. I love its brightness.Very pretty home!

  12. Such a gorgeous home. I am always stunned at the size of American houses....I think ours is half the size of this...and this is your 'small one'? Nice!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  13. Wow that is gorgeous and so spacious, our home is just under 1500 sq feet I believe so this would be wonderful, I don't know that I have seen a place to rent so lovely, what a great space to retire in.

  14. Penny,
    What an adorable home, dear one!!!
    I adore all the DIY projects that you and H did to lighten and brighten your home!!!
    I agree, someday. . .it may, once again, be the "perfect" home!!!

  15. Love all the white, so fresh and clean! Beautiful fireplace too! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post tomorrow on my Twitter. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!

  16. Wow that is such a nice update you did to your rental house. Thanks for sharing the tour of it with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  17. This is such a neat

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  18. Hi Penny! Your condo is beautiful and looks very spacious! Many cabinets in the kitchen too. I'm sure the tall ceilings help make it look bigger! Love all of your updates.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. The townhouse is very lovely! It really is quite large and spacious for a townhouse. It's nice that you have that to move into some day.

  20. What a beautiful place! It must be so nice to have on the "back burner" :)

  21. This is gorgeous! I just love this townhouse, what lucky renters :). Thanks for sharing, found you on Merry Monday.

  22. I certainly enjoyed the walk down memory lane, dear Penny. What a sweet and beautifu place! I love how open the family room is :)

    Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. I hope you're able to join us again this week. Hugs!


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