Jenn and I have long desired that our story would involve owning a home in Seattle in a great school district, with plenty of room for Addie to grow up, and space to host our friends and family overnight. But with home prices in Seattle rising higher every month (the median being $562k right now), this dream seemed like a stretch. We knew that the only way to make our dream become a reality would be to save our money diligently and buy a fixer that we updated ourselves.
With determination and a tight budget (I plan to write on budgeting for your future home soon), we worked hard and saved for the last two years. I'm excited to announce that our dreams became a reality today! We are now the proud owners of a beautiful 1941 4-bedroom, 1.75-bathroom home in the cozy neighborhood of Wedgwood, Seattle!
This is an exciting time, but we can't celebrate just yet as the house hasn't been updated since the 1960s! With knob and tube electrical, galvanized plumbing, an awkward 70's bathroom, and a kitchen that is straight out of Mad Men, we have a whole lot of work ahead of us!
We Want To Share Our Experience
While I sell real estate as a profession, and have been a part of many remodeling projects with clients, the truth is I'm a layman when it comes to DIY. It's in that spirit that I want to share the experience of our home renovation with you.
My goal will be to honestly share the highs and lows, as well as break down the budget of what it actually costs to create our dream home. I hope that you find this journey helpful, humorous and maybe even inspirational.
Tyler Davis Jones is a Windermere Real Estate agent in Seattle who, with his wife Jenn, recently traded in their in-city condo for a 1940s fixer-upper. Tyler and Jenn, along with the help of some very generous friends and family members, are taking on all the renovations themselves. You can follow the transformation process on the Windermere Blog or on Tyler’s website and Instagram.