It’s hard to believe it has been almost three years since we purchased our cute little bungalow. I call it our tiny house bungalow because it is all of 800 square feet. Doesn’t that count as a tiny house? We were interested in buying it because of the area it is in which is a fun, artsy community where you can walk the streets downtown and visit vintage shoppes, boutiques and go to the local coffee house where you decide what you pay for a cup of coffee. We love houses that have character that we can build upon to add more character. Particularly, in Florida where Mediterranean style seems to be everywhere. You don’t see the same house plans lined up in a row in this community. Most of the homes were built anywhere from the 1930’s to 1050’s. If you can imagine craftsman style homes with front porches and big back yards with old trees so huge that they shade the entire property then you have imagined exactly where our tiny house bungalow is. Most cities have these little pockets of history within their community and we just happened to find a gem in ours.
This home was a short sale so it took months before we were able to sign the papers to own it. It needed more work on the outside than inside so knowing we bought this as a rental property, we needed to get to work as soon as possible so we didn’t lose income. First thing was first, it needed a brand new roof. After the roof was replaced, we got started on pressure washing the outside of the house, the driveway and sidewalk. You can see that the yard was so overgrown and desperately needed help. Being a landscape architect, Dean had a vision before the vision for sprucing this yard up in a short period of time. The back deck was not safe at all so we had to totally demolish it. The before and after pictures of the back deck will be posted soon so be sure to sign up to our email list to get the latest DIY goodness if you haven’t already.
We knew we wanted to have the outside painted but selecting a color was more decision making than either one of us were cut out for at the time. Ultimately, we chose an exterior paint color based on two things. 1) We had to love the color and 2) Does the color blend with the community and the other homes on the street? The light green wasn’t all that bad, it just needed a fresh coat no matter what color we chose. We ended up choosing a deeper moss green, inspired by another small home about 6 streets away. We were a little concerned that the darker color would make an already tiny house look even tinier but it actually made it look classier in our opinion. People biking and walking by were giving us compliments every day of how nice we were making the property. There is no one like your neighbors to give you the green light that all your hard work is pleasing to the neighborhood they have been living in for years.
We hired a painting company to paint the outside while we were painting the trim and enhancing the interior. There will be more before, during and after pictures to come on the interior.
We were very pleased with the final color and felt even better when the painters asked how we picked the colors for the exterior, trim and accents. They mentioned that the color selections we chose were some of the best combinations they have seen. Yes! Approval from professionals painters! You can see that many of the smaller trees and shrubs that were cluttering the front entrance and window area were removed. The grass was not in great shape to begin with but with some mulching and grass seed, the front yard was on its way to higher standards.
We have the most adorable young married couple renting from us now. They are dual professionals who also run a local church and are trying to raise enough money to adopt a child from Tanzania. They have put up outdoor string lights in the back yard and planted beautiful flowers in the window boxes in the front. It is so satisfying that we can provide a home for a family that truly appreciates it.
There are some days that we wonder what it would be like if we just sold the house we live in now, sell a lot of our material things we own and downsize to our little tiny house bungalow. Maybe we will do it one day, who knows?