Here is a drone footage showcasing Loblolly Ln, surrounding areas and interior of house.
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They really boxed off living spaces in 2005 (the year this house was built). Many new builds are still the same. This property had separation of the living, dining room and kitchen. Imagine how closed off that felt.
We wanted to make sure that opening up the space would not entail load bearing issues. Once it was determined that there were no structural issues, the demolition began. All the walls and cabinets were removed creating an open concept.
The focus was rebuilding an island that would serve as a main gathering point. It was challenging to find a single piece of granite to fit the bar top. We searched 4 granite yards in Orlando and was lucky to find one with an adequate sized White Colonial granite slab imported from India. The island was shaped in a U, with a pull-out cabinet interior on the left and a carousel on the right. The center housed a double bowl sink, garbage disposal, goose neck faucet and dishwashing machine. The Ikea cabinets are all shelves, this allows the new homeowner options of adding from the generous Ikea cabinet interior options. Back wall housed the electric cook range, refrigerator, lower cabinets and 39″ upper cabinets with glass doors. Gas hook up is already piped in. Recessed and a hanging bar light illuminates the island area, while the open dining room and breakfast nook has their own spot lights. A 6 speed fan with remote control moves air around. Microwave hood provides cooking exhaust. Driftwood laminate floors cover the entire house creating one seamless floor.
Opening up the walls is the most dramatic change in this house. The days of planning and head scratching all paid off when anyone walks in and saddles up to the bar, looks around and says, “Wow this looks so open and amazing”. Exactly, the idea we were going for. Touting my horn? Well, what do you think?
Would you like to make this your new home? If all is still on track it should hit the MLS tomorrow. Greater Pines Subdivision (where the house is located), is having a community garage sale and Open House for all 11 properties currently on sale this Saturday from 8 am – 12 noon. Feel free to share this information with anyone looking to move to the desirable Clermont area.
Property address: 13350 Loblolly Ln. Clermont, FL. 34711. Listing price $245,00. We would love to discuss an offer with you. Feel free to contact Real Estate Agent Ryan Rogers, Keller Williams Classic, at 407-492-0674.
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When we first walked this property as a perspective to buy, the shed in the back was locked. So we never really had an opportunity to look inside. After purchasing the property, I just broke open the door since there was no key. This did not take too much energy. You can already guess what I was going to find.
The entire left wall of the shed was rotted and falling down. The ceiling was covered with what felt like 1/8 inch flexible plywood. There was fiberglass insulation everywhere but inside the walls. The right and back walls were covered with more flimsy wood and peg board. I couldn’t walk in there without suffocating or being attacked by some tiny creature. The roofing contractor took one look and said he was not going on the roof without something being done to the supports. Thankfully, Marty the foreman from All Ways Roofing is a genius at framing. He told me to rip the inside walls open and leave the framing to him. He rebuild that entire thing.
Most of the left wall is new framing studs. The remaining studs were not affected by rot or mold. We replaced every molded and rotten wood in that shed. Then I insulated the ceiling and walls with an aluminium reflective shield. Drywall was hung on the wall and ceiling. A coat of texture, primer and paint created a whole new space. The Air Conditioner is in great shape, so that stayed. New shingle roof was installed with new roof for the house. Since this could be used for a multitude of purposes I applied a coat of stain to the finished plywood floor.
Any additional space in a home is bonus. This shed could be a work shop, man cave, she shed (yes that is a new thing….girls need their space to roam also), reading room, wine lounge, “special room”, the uses are endless. I am happy that I did not listen to my better half and just tore the whole shed down. It was one of my most delightful projects on this renovation.
The house is finally ready to list for sale! During construction there was really no time to make posts, shame on me….so here I am. The next few posts I’ll outline different areas of major renovation. Both master and guest bathroom had their share of moments.
On initial look at this house, the master bathroom seemed okay. Master closet was moldy, vanity needed updating and the garden tub had a minor crack. First, I removed moldy drywall from closet and treated area. Surface mold, no big issues. Metal studs behind the wall was in perfect condition. Then, removed the vanity. As I was removing the floor tile, it occurred that maybe I ought to replace the shower threshold tiles also. Bad idea. Never poke a bear. Or probably in this case, it needed to be done. Lo and behold the entire threshold came apart with my bare hands. As I poked farther, the half wall that connected the threshold was also in bad shape. Since I had to take out the wall, the garden tub seemed like a sore thumb. Removing the garden tub was an easy choice since there was a sparkling hot tub in the Florida room. Talk about space. Master shower opened up to the size of a New York City apartment.
The old single vanity with double sinks was replaced with double vanities each featured their own sinks. Ikea vanities with hidden plumbing and two drawer storage made very matured and stylish statements. Rectangular tile with mosaic glass band was used in the shower to further extend the contemporary look. Floor tile is a mixture of wooden veins and distressed wood. Random pattern allowed to use these spectacular tiles in a very creative and material saving way. A disastrous discovery, although putting a huge strain on the budget and time, turned out spectacular.
Guest bathroom single vanity was replaced with Ikea double vanity featuring hidden plumbing and storage drawers. Elbow grease on the tub and shower walls bore sparkling results. The floor tile on the other hand was one of the most difficult tile jobs I’ve done thus far. I used a generic construction grade thinset that just could not hold the tiles. I’m not going to mention the brand name. Next morning, half of the tiles were raised. After resetting them, the next morning another half was raised. Needless to say, I took all of the tiles back up, scraped the surface clean of thinset and redid the entire job, with a different thinset. I swear by Ultra Crete Multi Purpose Thinset. This stuff will probably stick to anything. I’ve used it in very different applications and never once did I have to redo the job. Thanks to my buddy from Tile Etc.
These bathrooms were well worth the time and energy. Both looks fantastic with their rainfall shower heads and functions wonderful. Next post will be about the sad little shed in the back. Check back to see how I transformed it into a man cave, she shed, work shop or whatever you want to call it.
This house will hit the Florida Multiple Listing Service (MLS) sometime towards to end of the week.