We have a passion for renovating old houses. We’ve done it many times in our own homes, but now we want to see if we can turn that passion into a business model. This blog will share our experiences as we renovate and decorate these houses.

Owner: Laurel_LaBauve

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Language: English

Tags: home renovation, house flipping, before and after, DIY, home decor

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Latest Blog Posts for SoPo Cottage

  • The Gracious Gambrel: Before and After
    on Dec 20, 2016
    Front elevation - BeforeIt's a wrap!  We've pulled out and the new owners are moving in.  This was a huge project, that took many months. When we started, we knew this house had good bones - a solid foundation, strong structural members and...
  • Gracious Gambrel: Master Suite Before & After
    on Dec 13, 2016
    There wasn't a master suite when we bought the house....just a large bedroom with maroon carpet and a row of closets.   You entered through a small room, that really didn't have a clear purpose. We opened up that wall and added a row of wardrobe...
  • Project Number 10: The Ugly Duckling
    on Dec 7, 2016
    Yup - that's our next project.  And without a doubt, our biggest project yet!  It's created quite a bit of conversation, so I thought I'd start with the FAQ's:  Was it in a fire?  Surprisingly - no.  The top of the house has...
  • It's All About Sunlight
    on Aug 31, 2016
    When you have a house surrounded by large, mature trees, it's so peaceful.  But sometimes not as bright as I'd like in the summertime, when all the leaves are on the trees.  So we set out to change that by adding more glass to the house.Let...
  • Big City Style – Design Field Trip!
    on Aug 23, 2016
    Last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit NYC, checking out some of the latest trends in home design.  First stop – tile for our latest project.  Close to Union Square you can find some fantastic tile companies and it’s wonderful to...
  • Gracious Gambrel - The Floor Plan
    on Aug 18, 2016
    The floor plan has been a head scratcher, but after lots of tweaks and changes - we'll have 4 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half baths.  Plus a man-cave ready (or playroom ready) basement! Like most of our projects, we started with a floor plan we like...
  • Master Suite Update
    on Aug 16, 2016
    So......thanks so much for all the input from my previous post on the master suite plan.  It helped me understand that giant bathrooms are no longer a 'must have' and that closet space is near and dear to many of you!  Your input was invalu...
  • The Time Capsule
    on Aug 9, 2016
    Circa 1985 - Gambrel as originally designed.  The bushes are so tiny!The previous owner was kind enough to leave a photo album showing the major renovation they made to the gambrel.  In 1987, they made a large addition with a living room an...
  • Demo Day 1 - 2 - 3....
    on Aug 3, 2016
    We're off to a roaring start on the Gracious Gambrel.  The guys from Demo Brothers showed up with a big team to get us started.  I love working with them - they make a huge mess and then clean it all up!!They quickly filled a dumpster the f...
  • Cherished Bungalow - Before and After Second Floor
    on Jul 26, 2016
    While we made a lot of changes on the first floor of the bungalow, the most dramatic change was on the second floor.  We started with an unfinished attic and transformed it into two bedrooms, a large bath and a loft.But it wasn't easy.  The...
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