Introducing ... the Ugly Duckling
With a little luck, we'll take possession of this, ahem, charming abode in about a month. The lot and the lake are lovely. The neighbors seem wonderful. But the house? Well, for the most part it has good bones. We'll have to upgrade mechanicals. (Did you see the only A/C jutting through the wall by the front door? Did you notice the circa 1973 baseboard heat?) After that, we want to make it a functional, efficient home that doesn't require much maintenance and maximizes the lake view. As unattractive as it is right now, I feel this weird pull to respect the house for what it is. For example, I'm considering keeping most of the original cabinetry and the avocado green tub too (but not the green and black toilet, nor the gold veined mirror tiles - I'm not crazy). I'm also not rich. (Did I mention I'll be paying two mortgages until our current house sells?) Help me start thinking of ways to uncover the swan within while sticking to a budget?
Here is a link that might be useful: The Ugly Duckling