We spent a long time working on this house and, although we had it on the market for a while, we are now making money on it as a vacation and holiday rental. Want to stay there? Here is the listing!
We plan to put it back on the market in the spring, when sales of resort properties tend to be higher. Here is the tour of the house, showcasing all the improvements we made to what was already a pretty nice dwelling.
Other posts with more photos and story:
- Lakeland Preview
- Dreaming of the Future (lots of great photos of partial project)
- Things Are Moving (early deck progress, stuff on other houses)
- Lakeland Renovation Update (a slideshow by Russell)
- The Deck at Lakeland (what the deck looked like BEFORE we made it huge)
- Lakeland Is Getting a Two-Story Deck (also about the kitchen window)
- Lakeland Closes (we got the house from nice people)
What We’ve Done:
- Added large two-story deck off the back of the house, and French doors on the second floor to access it
- Completely revamped the master bath to create a Mediterranean dream bath with unique decorator touches and luxury splurges (heated towel rack!)
- Installed a new window in the kitchen, to brighten it up
- Replaced second-floor carpets
- New windows in the front, plus new front door and fixtures
- Repainted interiors to feature neutral, yet style-appropriate colors
- Added window boxes to the front, a fountain, and many landscaping upgrades
- Other small and beautiful style updates all over
See the photos at the end of this page for more.
Sometimes, helping families doesn’t require a lot of work on their house. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of being able to get them out of a bad situation. The Lakeland house is a prime example. The house was in tremendous shape, and the family had even improved it quite a lot—possibly even too much. They were not in any financial trouble.
It’s just that their dream of owning a nice home by the lake had turned into a commuting nightmare. He had to drive almost two hours each way to his job, and her commute came in at a solid forty minutes. Added to that, two middle-aged adults don’t really need a four bedroom, three bath home that tops 3,000 square feet.
They had tried to sell the house once before. But at that time, the lake was at record low levels, and nobody was buying. They didn’t want to face the heartbreak of trying to sell the house and failing again. So they jumped at the prospect of having someone buy the house without question when their sister (in-law)—a long-time friend of the Kendall-Bruns family—told them about us and our ethics. Being able to start life afresh closer to both of their jobs was worth accepting what we could afford to pay since we definitely would go through with the deal.
What could be a formal dining room has been used as an office.