Phase 2 of our #stuccofarmhouse rental property renovation began in early April. We renovated the first floor interiors of both units in the duplex and finished out the basement in the cabin unit. Our current tenant in the cabin renewed his lease and was delighted to have a usable basement. The plan was to finish at the end of May and lease out the two duplex units in June but no later than July 1st. It actually took us the entire summer but we got it done at the end of August and move-in ready for our tenants by September!
We are so happy with how it all turned out! I’m completely smitten by the design and the much more functional new kitchen layout. This blog post will cover the reveal of unit 1 and unit 2 will be revealed next on our rental renovation. Here’s a look back at the before and some photos of the after. All sources listed at the end.
BEFORE OF UNIT 1
PROGRESS OF UNIT 1
The dated linoleum flooring was ripped out to be replaced with new wood floor. You’ll be amazed at how well they were seamlessly woven in with the original!
We thought of every possible way to keep the cabinets but soon realized it couldn’t be saved in this rental renovation. They were an odd narrow size making it impossible to integrate appliances like a dishwasher. And while they looked charming in photos, in real life they were in very poor condition and had to be replaced. We gave the vintage sink to Kjell and Kristin’s friends to reuse.
New wood floor was installed and feathered in with the original oak wood floor, which were sanded down and refinished. They were woven in so well that you wouldn’t even know the new wood floor was not part of the original! We didn’t use a stain and instead did a couple coats of poly. Originally we were going to use water based poly to prevent the yellowing of wood tone over time, but due to their condition, our flooring contractor recommended oil based for the best protection. Rentals turn over frequently so durability to maintain the original wood floor in this renovation was a must!
The wall between the kitchen and living room was removed to create a cased opening allowing more natural light to flow through the main floor. For optimal function, the layout for the kitchen was reconfigured.