Five Stars on 5th Avenue

Once upon a time…

…in a land not so far away, there sat an 800 square foot ranch which greeted its visitors with a lackluster living room. The wall paint begged for an update. The floors squawked for attention. The kitchen sat devoid of appliances and a curiously high ratio of upper to lower cabinets. In the back of the house sat a quasi-mudroom containing an awkward walkway and dingy stairs to the even dingier basement. But don’t just read about it, walk through the interactive virtual tour.

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New layout and complete remodeling job

Similar to our previous project in Woodland Heights, this home needed a huge face lift! Bob, director of construction, masterminded the new layout removing the basement stairs to create a back hallway and separate laundry and mechanical room (+1 ⭐). Since the basement was more of a cellar style, this was no loss to the house’s productivity. By making these changes, he was also open the back bedroom to the hallway instead of from the dining room (+1 ⭐). Check out the virtual tour of the finished product!

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The Kitchen

The kitchen is arguably the most important aspect of any house, so we’ll take a look at this room first. We’re proud to report that it is now fully updated and functional (+1 ⭐)! With the rearrangement and brand new countertops and cabinets, Bob crafted more counter space and a new clean feel. As far as appliances, the old kitchen had none. Today, this house sits complete with a new fridge, stove, and microwave.

Major Layout Changes

The Living and Dining Rooms

The original living room and dining room were divided by a wide archway. The trim may have been charming, but it also chopped up the space. By removing this wall, the area appears more roomy. It also expands the options for furniture layouts.

The Back Room

The bedroom now enters from the hallway instead of the dining room. And for the ultimate convenience, the laundry room has it’s very own space on the main level! The furnace and water heater share the laundry room.

Bathroom and Bedrooms

While the bathroom and the front bedroom stayed put, they were heavily improved with the addition of a tile surround in the bathroom and a closet in the bedroom (+1 ⭐). Speaking of closets, the back bedroom gained a large closet in this remodel as well!

Bathroom Makeover

Hold on… Let’s get a better view of those finishes and that tiled shower. 😍

Improved Front Bedroom

Improved Back Bedroom

Last But Not Least

New siding and a brand new driveway freshened up the exterior (+1 ⭐). See the grass to the right of the original house? Yeah, that was the driveway. Talk about a muddy mess when spring comes along! We also removed the deteriorating and hazardous garage in the back which is best appreciated by comparing the before and after virtual tours.

Image and virtual tour credit: Coluzzi Virtual Tours, Jessie Echterling, Cat Reeves


About the Author:

Jessica moved to Des Moines in 2014 and absolutely positively loves the city for its big-little style and its vibrant real estate market in which she currently invests. She is also a frequent attendee of the DSM Real Estate Investing and FIRE Meetups. Jessica enjoys home projects of all scales from full on remodels to small paint jobs. She loves sharing odd facts and puns, learning about economics and biology, and exercising outside though she is no marathon runner or RAGBRAI champ.