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COTTAGE/BUNGALOW MAKEOVER


The Cottage Bungalow/ Story......

This is the story of one of our many journey's of faith.
Each journey seems to include a "house" makeover...
This is the Cottage Bungalow makeover....

 
 
 
 
With the help of a friend who is a Real Estate Agent...
We began our search to find a "fixer Upper"
on a limited budget.
 
We would be moving from a church provided parsonage
to having a home of our own...
 
When we ask to see this little gem
 (a little bungalow/cottage).  
My friend thought we were crazy....
We could see the potential.
We made a bid
and we got it!
Oh boy, what were we getting into...
 
We had to find something within our limited budget.
We knew lots of our blood, sweat, tears, bruises, soreness...
well you get the idea! 
Would be going into this place...
 

 
 Can you believe this-
its actually funny.....
 a church sits on the left side of this little bungalow
 Ha!
Its not a parsonage and we still end up living directly beside a church....

She is surrounded by "beautiful" chain link...
Just kidding...
I hate chain link but it will have to stay for now..






The home is older brick. 
I know we will eventually paint the brick.
I love painted brick......
This picture will serve as a reminder of how much change will happen.
 
 BEFORE.......
 
  AFTER......
 
 
Take notice......
We moved our front door........
yep!
A window is where the door was
and a door is where the window was....
 
 
 
This little bungalow was a complete gut job...
My husband and I drove 3 hours each week to do the work......
Every inch of this remodel we did...
You don't get contractors and carpenters on a limited budget....

 
 
 
 
We tore out walls....
replaced windows with doors.
 
 
 
I do not think there was an inch of this place we did not touch.
 
 
 
 
 
It is amazing how much things change with paint and hardwood flooring...

Then add molding, light fixtures and furniture...
This little bungalow is a new woman!

 
Our makeshift sleeping quarters.....
We would sleep and work on the house Thurs-Saturday.......
Not exactly a five star hotel....
but it worked..
 
 
 
 
The kitchen was a small room in the back with two wall cabinets..
We moved the kitchen to the front of the house....
We used surplus cabinets to get the arrangement we wanted
Then painted everything white...
 
 

We were able to purchase and renovate this home all within our budget.

 


In the end.......
We spent several happy years in this little Bungalow
I served as Director to the local Homeless Shelter.
My Hubby was a chaplain with the Federal Prison...
We experienced many wonderful Bible Studies here..
Counseled and prayed for many...
Ate many good meals with family and friends..
Over and over,
 we experienced God's provision and watch care...
Now we are on to our next adventure.......
An old Farmhouse.....
In a  new city..
A new ministry.....
 and new opportunity....

Stay tuned....

This story is written as a reminder to me...
 of God's provision and watch care
upon those who choose to walk the path of faith......







 

8 comments:

  1. What a HUGE step of faith to sell your home, and give the money to the ministry. I'm sure God will bless you richly for trusting him!

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  2. Your little fixer upper is going to look great with all the effort you are willing to put into it. I would suggest, for exterior paint colours, that you start an online file, maybe on Pinterest, of homes you like the colours of. That will give you a good starting point and then you can fine tune exact colours after that. The inspiration houses don't have to look exactly like yours, just go for the colours to start. Do you have to paint the brick for structural reasons or do you just like painted brick? Maybe you could just start by beefing up the columns and painting lighter shutters. I really admire that you are doing all the renos/purchase with little debt. Homes are expensive here.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth... I think one of my greatest struggles was deciding whether or not to paint the brick...I did.. the color was called "spiced tea" It looks much like the brick... we built the columns in and moved the front door... it looks much better... Love all your ideas and your have a trulyi inspiring block... love my blogging sisters. Blessings!

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  3. Patty,

    Your home looks beautiful! The hard work and sweat you and your hubby put into it is well worth it. God is blessing you! It looks like a loving family lives there....wait it does! :)

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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  4. Love!! I love seeing before & after shots!! Awesome! And thank you SO much for the sweet comments. I really appreciate the encouragement!

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  5. How beautiful it came out!

    "In all labor, there is profit"... Proverbs 14:23a

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  6. She's a keeper! You're making her so pretty.
    d

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