Welcome to ‘the House house’!
Hi, I’m Jodi House. I’ve always wanted to start a blog and I’ve always wanted to remodel a house and now I am doing BOTH. Yay me! It only seemed fitting to name my blog ‘the House house’ since our name is House and we are remodeling a house. Get it? 🙂
Here’s my story…
My husband, our 2 young boys and I moved to Naples, FL from Massachusetts over 5 years ago. We spent our first year renting and then bought a house. Although we like our current home, we discovered a rather homely, 1980’s Spanish style home for sale in a more desirable and kid friendly neighborhood. The ‘hood is the best in North Naples, locally known as the ‘Place To Be’ for kids’ events, block parties and swarms of holiday visitors for Halloween, and especially Christmas. Nearly every house gets decorated to the nines at Christmas, and each house is better than the next. People from all over Naples drive through to see the festive lights. Because of the Location, Location, Location, we had to out-bid a few other families for the opportunity to purchase the property. The house needs a ton of work, and I mean a TON. Nothing has been touched or updated since it was built in the 80’s, including linoleum floors, fake wood countertops, bad carpeting, outdated bathrooms, you name it! We plan to gut the entire house and take down a few walls to make it more of an open concept, re-do the kitchen and bathrooms, expand the house in the rear, add a second story with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (almost doubling the square footage), and add a pool. Whew! THAT’S. A. LOT. OF. STUFF. It will be a big job but we can’t wait to get started.
Here are a few images of the old house…
The house has an enormous back yard and is part of the reason we bought the property. Large yards in this area are hard to come by so when we saw this yard we fell in love.
Our contractor has submitted architectual drawings for permitting and we are eagerly awaiting the go ahead so we can get started. I hope you will follow us in our first journey into remodeling and maybe even offer us some advice and tips on how to get the job done right.
Meanwhile, here are some photos of the ‘beachy/coastal’ look I will be going for (all found on Pinterest or Houzz – oh how I love those sites). If you could remodel a home what decor would you go with? Do you have any advice for us as we get started? Any good stories to share?
LOVE it! Look forward to seeing the progression and the final product!! Love the look you are going for and cannot believe your backyard! Awesome!
Yaayy!!! It is going to be so much fun watching this develop! Congrats on starting your blog and fingers crossed for permits to come through soon! xo
Love it! So fun and stressful at the same time. Can’t wait to see the transformation.
Love it!!! It’s going to be quite an adventure but we are pumped to have you guys as neighbors! Love the pictures of your decorating ideas!
Wow! your designs and plans! How exciting! Good luck…hope it goes smoothly!
love this and love you!! Can’t wait to actually follow a Blog
Love it. House house, Great name!
Hi Jodi! You have great taste, always have, so I am looking forward to seeing the final product. I was trying to figure out the “hood” you were referring to then remembered I was 21 and 22 years old when I lived there in Naples so I probably didn’t stray far far the beach then. Have fun with the blog too. We just finished putting a two story on our place and we love it! xx
Wow! Such an exciting time for you! Great idea documenting remodel! Good luck!
I’m in! Can’t wait to see the final product and maybe get some ideas for my own home that’s a work in progress!! Love ya xi
THIS IS AMAZING, but you are amazing so I am not surprised at all!! So excited for you and so excited to follow a blog as Deb said! That is exactly how I see my kitchen someday…. LOL, but until then I will just plan a trip to see your new kitchen when done!!! Great job Jodes!!! xoxoxoxo
Can’t wait to see how it all turns out. I’m sure it will be great.
This looks like a great candidate for an upgrade. Basic bones look good. I hope you will include in your blog what goes on with permitting, and inspections. Great that you’re doing the house … and the blog!!
Thank you all for your comments! We can’t wait to get started. Getting permits has proved to be VERY slow but it won’t be much longer now….hopefully!
Luv Luv Luv your Idea’s with the look and color choice.
Perfect for the location as well. Good Job!!