Empty Nest Renovation – Before Photos and Video

Built in 1937, this little fixer upper needed some love and updating. The perfect empty nester adventure!


Oh my goodness this Empty Nest downsize and house renovation have been quite a ride. Just last summer we put our house in Laguna Niguel, CA (Orange County) on the market and this adventure began. We sold the house for the first time in late September, it fell out of escrow and then we sold it for the second time in December. We moved in to our fixer upper in Pasadena on January 5th, 2015. I have written several detailed posts that will help fill in the gaps for you:

We were only able to cram just about one third of our belongings into our little house in Pasadena. The balance of which is in storage and we know perfectly well that most of the rest of this “stuff” will never make it into the house. There is just not enough room and it will be time to purge when we move back in…which is actually a very good plan.

There are restrictions by the city as to how many square feet we may add based upon the size of the lot and the possibility of encroaching on our neighbors. We settled on adding a small master bath and walk-in master closet. The current closet was so small that we were forced to place a chrome hanging bar at the foot of our bed to hang the balance of our clothes. Very chic.

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The closet was so small that we had a portable hanging rack in the middle of our master bedroom.

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The Disruption of My Daily Routine

Everyone has some sort of daily routine. We get out of bed, make coffee, work out, take the dog for a walk, go to work, blah, blah, blah. Some sense of order in our lives is a necessity. Living in constant chaos is disconcerting, distracting and can be very unproductive. Our recent move from a …

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The Empty Nester Downsize: We now call it “rightsize”

The Empty Nester Downsize Maybe it is because I am knee deep in an empty nester downsize, but I am now hearing from e-nesters everywhere who have already successfully completed this same adventure. They are telling me: “Been there done that” and many of them have done it several times. My generation is selling their …

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Empty Nester Downsize: The Ultimate Adventure

As you may be aware, I am the ultimate advocate of adventures, the #findadventure promoter, the supporter of new ideas and the author of the Inevitablitlty of Change. It is now time that I take some of my own advice. But what if this change is something so big and life altering that life as you know it will never be …

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