Our Kansas City Fixer Upper!

February 7, 2017 in Home Design

We moved! We have been settled in for a week now and sort of getting back into a routine. The moving process seemed drawn out but it is probably normal for people moving to a new state and/or with a new home and 30 day closing. The last week in Nebraska I had off work so I spent a good chunk of time packing – with the help of my mom! (She left me the SWEETEST notes that I found while unpacking!)

Our new home is somewhat of a fixer upper. I asked JR what he would change first if he lived here alone (we were discussing the cheap tile he said “bachelor JR” would have bought) and said he probably wouldn’t have changed anything. In my eyes I have the Joanna-Gaines-take-it-down-to-the-studs! mindset. It is a great “first home” even though it is the 3rd home we have bought. My house and his house were both brand new¬†so we didn’t have the opportunity to change anything.

Enough chit chat – on to the home tour! These are all of the realtor listing photos – we started moving in less than an hour after closing so I didn’t have a chance to take any of my own.


It is a “raised ranch” which is super popular throughout Kansas City. It looks like a ranch but is a walkout basement in the back. It seemed like a normal ranch in the pictures but in person it is much more grand and not as flat to the ground. Sort of like a split level without the garage in the front.

When you first walk in there is a great entry way – which we did not have in our old house and then to the left is a formal living room and dining room. There are also some stunning glass pocket doors between the entry and the formal area. The doors at the far end in the dining room lead to the kitchen and then if you walk straight through the entry way it leads to the great room.

This room was the biggest pro/con of the purchase. I LOATHE the kitchen but love how it is open to the family room. The home was on the lower end of our price range so we made the deal that the kitchen has got to go. I already painted the fireplace white – post coming check out how here!

You guys, this kitchen…so bad!

It is a three bed room with a nonconforming 4th bedroom in the basement. This is the master with a master bath. All the bedrooms are down a straight hallway at the opposite end of the house from the living areas. The bedrooms are in great shape – I will probably repaint and get new light fixtures. The carpet is new and I don’t love it but real hardwood is a little too pricey for us right now.

The bathrooms really show the homes age. This is the main bathroom. We are already to work on the master and the main bathroom will hopefully follow soon! (Check out the master bath inspiration board here.)

The basement also needs a lot of work. There are a couple walls we would knock out and the bathroom in the basement had a flooding or something so it essentially needs completely replaced. It will definitely be a time-consuming project but I think we can figure out a good plan to make it cost effective.


The backyard and the deck just need a little gardening TLC. The deck isn’t in prime condition but definitely doesn’t need replaced. The driveway swings around to the back and the garage is in the basement. Apparently I married a 7-year-old because he was obsessed with finding a house with a good “basketball driveway.” I’m sure a new hoop will be going in soon.

So that’s our new home! Moving to a new state has definitely been an adjustment – especially for me. I had never moved more than 25 minutes from my parents so it will take some getting used to for sure. Having some projects to focus on and a whole lot of boxes to unpack helps keep my mind off it all. Our current project is the master bathroom so look for an update in the next few days!



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  • Reply Meg February 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    This is so cute Kylie!! I love the style of the home & I can’t wait to see this white fireplace. Hope you are loving KC!

    • Reply thehappycamp February 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Meg! Posting the fireplace DIY today!

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