Sentimental Renovation Journey

Hello friends! I hope you’re having a fantastic week…. I am so excited to share today’s post with y’all. I am inviting you to take a Renovation Journey with me from Arizona to Pennsylvania.

In Arizona, I lived in a double wide 1973 Mobile home. What started out to be a seasonal home ended being my permanent residence. Here are pictures of the home when I first moved in. I named it, “The Desert Casa”.

From here forward I will be sharing my photos Journal of the final product of the Desert Casa home.  The major renovation, what is completed one year prior to my relocating to Pennsylvania. I took what began to look like a rental property to a full-fledged home.


I started small, an enclosed screened-in porch (Circa 1973), I turned into a enclosed Arizona room. It seems that any vacation spot has their own terminology for rooms that are the final extension of a home; Florida has “Florida Room” other warmer climates have the Lanai and Arizona has the Arizona Room. Definition meaning it usually is a 4-Season Room. Not in my case, prior to the Renovation.


After living there for all those years 2011-2017 with a nicely decorated home but not mine. It was always someone else’s and someone else before them.  I bet a lot of you can relate to that. Where we live we wanted to be our home not just a house. What makes it a Home is our personal touches and believe it or not things from our past homes always find a new place.


First Kitchen Update (2011)


In 2017, I decided to do a major renovation from the front to the back of the home. Two main areas; kitchen and master bathroom.  It seems like, in all of my projects, I always find other things to add on. Can you relate? I have been blessed with being able to do that. This was no exception.


The new kitchen was my design. Lowe’s did the final drawing and I purchased Shenandoah Shaker Style Cabinets from Lowe’s. I chose black granite countertop from AZ Granite Boneyard, Tempe, AZ.. The flooring is vinyl plank from Home Depot. New appliances, Home Depot.   


The Master Bedroom Project


For the remainder of this article I will just share pictures with you and be sure to watch your emails for the next blog post “ Welcome to The Sylvan Villa“. 


I hope that you enjoyed my sentimental journey, as much as I did writing it. It’s always gratifying to see where you were then and where are you are now. That’s called progress!
Thanks again for joining me and being a part of The City Cottage family.

Until next time…..

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