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Our Scottsdale, Arizona Home Remodel

In December of 2019, we bought a house in our favorite neighborhood! Finding the perfect home for our family, was all about location, location, location! It took 3 long months of searching, but we finally found THE ONE. It is a 2,000 square foot, 1970’s ranch style home on a quaint little cul-de-sak street. When we bought this house, we knew that we were biting off more than we could chew. It needed some serious TLC as it hadn’t really been maintained or updated for several years. In fact, it could have used a good gut job. But that just wasn’t in our budget. So we decided to work in phases, knowing that this house will be years in the making. Here is our journey to renovating our home, on a budget.

For PHASE I, the goal has been to make our home functional, as well as update it to a more current state to fit our aesthetic and lifestyle. We quickly realized that once we got in and started demo’ing ourselves, there was a lot more that needed to get done, which meant, our budget doubled.

Phase One

Demo Floors, Kitchen and Guest Bath.

My husband and his father did all the demo’ing of our home, reworking soffits, rehanging drywall, removing trim…They worked tirelessly; pulling 12+ hour days on the weekends, and 5-6 hours on week nights. My husband would come home covered in dust, his whole body aching, barely able to feel his hands. But we figured that doing it ourselves saved us $10,000. Plus, scroll down and tell me that my man doesn’t love getting his hands dirty. Ladies, I’ve got a keeper.

Our DIY home renovation - Kate Nelle, a life and style blog
Our DIY home renovation - Kate Nelle, a life and style blog

Fill in Sunken Living Room Floor.

Originally, when you walked into our home, there was a raised threshold entrance, with a sunken living room floor. Yikes. This just looked like an accident waiting to happen. My husband and his father again, demo’ed the threshold, ripped out the concrete. Then, once it was all prepped, the concrete was poured, and drywall was rehung.

It took over a month and a half for the concrete to dry. Once it dried, we could then install the new wood floors. YAY!! This was pretty much the one of the biggest highlights of the renovation so far, because it finally allowed us to move forward with furthering the rest of the renovation plans.

Before and After filling in a sunken living room floor with concrete - Kate Nelle, a life and style blog

Here are some iPhone shots of the process.

The process of filling in a sunken living room floor with concrete - Kate Nelle, a life and style blog

More Before + Afters.

Sunken living room floor with step up threshold renovation - Kate Nelle, a life and style blog
The After photo of filling in a sunken living room floor with concrete - Kate Nelle, a life and style blog

Also, to note, we had to rip out the front door, knock it down 6 inches, and then reinstall it after the concrete was poured. This whole process was a gigantic endeavor, but so worth it in the end! Now this space feels larger, more intuitive, and continuous with the rest of the house. What an investment this was.

Our DIY home renovation, filling in a sunken living room floor with concrete- Kate Nelle, a life and style blog

Smooth/Skim the Walls

Our home had knock down textured walls. It was pretty high on our priority list to smooth them out to have no texture. This just gives a more current and modern look and feel to the home. We absolutely think it was worth the investment as it makes everything in the house just pop more, including our floors.

Fresh White Paint

Painting all the walls white instantly gave our home a necessary “glow up”. White walls really opened up and brightened the whole space, making the rooms look larger. Finding the right color white can be overwhelming, as so many colors of whites have different undertones. We went with the color “Classic White” by Dunn Edwards, in the velvet finish for the ceiling and walls, and “Classic White” in the eggshell finish for the trim. The velvet finish is just a step down from matte. Overall, it looks really modern, crisp, bright and fresh.

New Engineered Hard Wood Floors + Trim

New wood floors were also a high priority for us. We knew that investing in something current would instantly help the resale value of our home. I absolutely love the look of warm European oak wide plank floors. We purchased our wood flooring from Metro West Wholesale Flooring in Scottsdale and used one of their recommended installers. They were so easy to work with and we found them fairly affordable compared to other places in the valley. We chose Reward Flooring’s “Magno European Oak” from their Costa Collection. These floors really create a breezy and fresh style to our home, and we are absolutely in love with them. No regrets!

Reward Flooring's European Oak Magno wide plank, engineered hardwood floors from the Costa Collection - Kate Nelle, a life and style blog
Reward Flooring's European Oak Magno wide plank, engineered hardwood floors from the Costa Collection - Kate Nelle, a life and style blog

Alright, that’s it for now! Stay tuned for more house renovation projects and posts. I am so excited to share this journey with you all, along with my love for interior design!

One Comment

  • Diana

    Obsessed with all of this, looks like a lot of work but totally worth it – glad you lowered the door. Also, love the floors. The entire space is up to date and looks airy. Can’t wait to see what else you do! xx

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