Imagine living in a tiny three-room shack. With no kitchen. And a makeshift bathroom added onto the back. Oh, and the refrigerator sits on the back porch. Luckily, this miniscule Texas dwelling sits upon a perch looking out over 35 miles of gorgeous natural views.
Wanda Boldebuck looked at that pitiful house and saw it for what it could be. She and her husband, James, took it on as their pet project. The couple tackled the renovations mostly by themselves, using secondhand materials wherever possible.
They added a kitchen. It turned out beautifully, with used cabinets they had repainted red and a custom mosaic backsplash made from Wanda’s grandmother’s China. They took old buffet cabinets and replaced the door panels with chicken wire to give the place a country pantry.
Where there were originally two bedrooms separated by a single wall, the Boldebucks demolished the wall and made a nicely sized dining room. They then added a family room with a corrugated metal roof and reclaimed pine planks for flooring. To keep it warm, not to mention charming, the couple also built a fireplace in the new living room out of bricks leftover from their daughter’s home.
A new master bathroom was added in place of the old bathroom annex. It leads to the house’s new master suite, which overlooks the amazing views all around. The home now has a second floor, providing ample space for an office or second bedroom. It’s already got another full bathroom.
The little shack that once was is now a 1,872-square foot home with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cozy fireplace, amazing views and totally custom features. The Boldebucks were very satisfied with their work and have put the home on the market. That shack may have made a big Texas change, but all it took was a little love, a bit of imagination and some good old-fashioned elbow grease.
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