Project Oasis – The “Before” House Tour

This post will give you an introduction to my home, a tour of what it looked like before, and share my remodeling plans.

Welcome to Project Oasis!

My Children and I

Hey there, Mea here, and welcome to our humble abode! As mentioned in my last post, “Welcome to Cranberry Vintage,” I am a woman who loves to create, design, DIY, and grow. As a mother of two teenagers and two dogs, I am always striving to find ways to make my home more productive, peaceful, and a reflection of what I love and brings comfort.

Since 2016, we have been staying in this home, but it wasn’t until a year or so ago that I finally figured out what I wanted to do to it.

To give you a little background, buying my first home was thought out and rushed at the same time. I was coming to the end of my lease at my previous home, and it was time to move on. I got a great job working at a Community College, and once I reported that my income was exceeding the income limitations required to continue, it was time for a change. I had two options; pay almost $900 (monthly) to rent a three-bedroom home or by one. Now, on the one hand, this was not a bad thing because I was getting off assistance and buying my own home. On the other hand, it was scary because I got my new job three months before my lease and assistance ended. There was a small fear that I would bite off more than I could chew. To help overcome this, I started to research online and reach out to my family and friends to get the best advice when buying a home. After speaking to everyone, I have learned that it came down to two things; what was I looking for and what I was willing to pay?

On the Hunt for a New Home

The hunt started for a new home, and the tough questions were up; what am I looking for, and what am I willing to pay? It’s funny because my dream home was pretty expensive and lavish; however, when I started to work out the numbers, I realized that “expensive and lavish” wasn’t exactly in the budget. Besides, this was my first home. I wanted something nice but not to the point that it was going to make me house poor. Plus, I liked having the ability to add my personal touches down the line. With that in mind, plus the need for space, a big back yard, and a decent school district for my children, we ended up with what I like to call Ole Yellow, a 1200 square foot ranch style three bed room home. I loved this house because it looked comfortable, the energy was good, and it had good bones. Also, it had the space we need, the school district, and it was definitely under budget. With my family’s blessings, I moved forward and purchased my first home.

After living there for a few years and getting a feel for what I would like to do, I decided that it is now time to redesign.

The “Before” House Tour

Before I get into my space and design plan, I wanted to give you a tour of the place. In the following sections, I will share the exterior and upstairs interior areas of my home, what I like/dislike, and what I plan on changing when it comes to general improvements. So without further ado, let’s get started on the tour!

Exterior Front

The curb appeal on this house was simple yet well prepared. The home came with a two-car driveway, one car garage, a newly built front porch, and already completed landscaping boasting with Canailles, a small tree, and bushes. The original landscape was lovely; however, one of the things that I didn’t care for was the trees and bushes in the yard. Seeing how big that tree can get (we had some other ones in the neighborhood), I decided that it was time to go.

When it comes to curb appeal, I am going to update the following;

  • Paint the front door and garage.
  • Remove the trees and bushes and install a pollinator garden.
  • Extend the landscape down to the end of the driveway.
  • Reduce the number of Canailles and move them somewhere else in the yard.
  • Create a walking path that will lead to the side of the house.
  • Update the screen door.
  • Update the lights.
  • Stain and protect the front porch.

Exterior Back

The back yard is gorgeous; however, I will not keep it like this for long. It will be one of the areas that I will use to make my home more productive. My goal is to become self-sufficient and self-sustainable and to achieve this; I will turn my backyard into an Urban Farm. Now I am not a professional farmer by a long shot, but I think we will be up and running with a little practice and focus in no time.

In the coming seasons, we are going to accomplish the following;

  • Cover at least 85% of the yard in wood chips.
  • Install a fruit tree guild.
  • Install a rainwater system.
  • Build a pollinator garden.
  • Build a vegetable garden.
  • Extend the concrete area.
  • Build a new shed.
  • Add more perennial plants.
  • Build a chicken coop.
  • Repair/ Replace the Fence.

Interior (Upstairs)

So, the interior of my home is a comfortable size. It’s large enough for a decent amount of furniture; however, the trick here is to work with what I have and utilize as much space from the floor to the ceiling as possible.

Front Room /Entryway

When you enter the house, you come into a small front room with a large horizontal slider window. The previous owners used this space as a front room. I love the amount of light that comes in and the open floor plan to the rest of the house. However, I’m not too fond of the sudden transition from carpet to hardwood, no ledge for plants, and the current paint colors.

Some of the things I would like to change is the following;

  • Paint the walls.
  • Remove the carpet and install hardwood floors.
  • Update the ceiling light.
  • Add shelves for plants.

Hallway/ Open Space

The hallway/ space is located right smack in the middle of the house, leading to multiple rooms. I like this space because it allowed me to leave it open or install an island to extend my kitchen. What I didn’t like about it was that it didn’t have a definite use.

Some of the things I would like to change is the following;

  • Paint the walls.
  • Add a ceiling fan.
  • Add more counter space for the kitchen.
  • Add a barn door to the kitchen opening.
  • Organize the closet space.

Dining Room

This area is the largest space in the open floor area. I love the beautiful view it gives onto the backyard and that is it big enough to hold a large rug and a few pieces of furniture.

Some of the things I would like to change is the following;

  • Paint the walls.
  • Stain the hardwood floors.
  • Update the ceiling light.
  • Add shelves for plants.


The kitchen is the smallest area of the house (a galley kitchen). Initially, it wasn’t a worry for me because I figured it was less to clean and maintain, but as I get more into canning and cooking homemade meals, I realize the value of having a little more space available. This area is going to be a challenge for me when it’s time to redesign. Some of the things I would like to change is the following;

  • Update the appliances.
  • Install a new countertop.
  • Paint the walls.
  • Convert the top cabinets into opening shelving.
  • Install new flooring.
  • Replace the sink and faucet.
  • Update the ceiling light.

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

Ok, so this bathroom is a mix of the guest and my children’s bathroom. I like its size; however, I’m not too fond of the lack of storage in it. It is also a little dated, but we can add some life to this space with a few upgrades. Some of the things I would like to change is the following;

  • Update the flooring.
  • Paint the walls.
  • Replace the sink.
  • Install new shelving.
  • Install wall tile.
  • Update the Tub/ Shower
  • Update the light/vent system
  • Change the bathroom door out to a barn door.

Bedroom 1 & 2

Both of the bedrooms belong to my children. In these areas, I will make a few changes, but as for the design plan, I will allow my children to make their space what they want it to be. Some of the things I would like to change is the following;

  • Removing any old carpet.
  • Update the ceiling lights.
  • Paint the walls.
  • Install new flooring.
  • Update the baseboards.

Master Bedroom and Bathroom

The Master Bedroom is going to be one of my sacred spaces. Considering that this is one of the main areas that I perform my self-care routine (i.e., mediation, yoga, reading, etc.) I want to make sure that it is as comfortable as possible. Some of the things I would like to change is the following;

  • Removing any old carpet.
  • Update the ceiling lights.
  • Paint the walls.
  • Install new flooring.
  • Update the light/vent system.
  • Install a new spa shower.
  • Add more shelving.
  • Organize closet spaces.

Next… Determining the Design Style

Now that you had a tour of my home thus far, now it is time to work on planning the design. In my next post, I will talk about the elements and principles of design. Even though this is my first house, I plan on making it a place of peace and comfort, and who knows, maybe i’ll stay here for a while. 🙂

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Have an awesome day, and stay supertastic!

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