Wednesday, October 27

Home Talk, Let’s talk Updating your outdated North Texas Ranch House

After Photos of Sherry Timmerman's Carrollton Home

Sherry Timmerman knew what she wanted and knew she could make it happen.

House hunting? If you want to live in the Carrollton, The Colony, Coppell, Lewisville, Farmers Branch, or North Dallas, and you want a move in ready, updated home, be prepared to handle a very steep mortgage. 

We live in a high demand area of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. We are near the airports, and highways, shopping, restaurants and entertainment.  We have great schools, safe neighborhoods and we love our unique communities. We love living here, we must expect many others are hoping to move into our neighborhoods as well. 

We are all familiar with the fixxer upper, update, renovation home shows everywhere. We have all seen the story, find a house that is not updated, needs walls removed, has been neglected for years, needs work on the foundation, needs more TLC than you are willing to give, screams 70s or 80s or 90s…..yada yada yada.  This not so great house is also in the perfect location, you love the schools, this place is close to your family or friends, and less than a 20 minute drive to your office. Most importantly, this fixxer upper is within, or below your budget! Within less than an hour we see this ugly duckling of a house become a home of our dreams. The show promises their viewers with a little DIY sense, elbow grease and money, you too can live and afford the house of your dreams! 

As great as this must seem, we all know it takes a little longer than an hour and more than a magic stick to transform a 60-90s ranch home in North Texas.  Today we introduce you to  Carrolltonian, Sherry Timmerman .  Sherry purchased a house she wasn’t in love with, but she saw the potential.  Sherry had 5 children from the ages of 1 – 14, it was important to her for them to be educated in Lewisville ISD schools. This house was in the perfect location. 

Carrollton Connection: What made you want this home? 

Sherry Timmerman: It had a flex room that could be used as a 4th bedroom when the kids were younger and later be used as a second living room. It was also in the LISD school district.

Carrollton Connection: Did you hire someone from start to finish?

Fox and Jacobs Updated Bathroom

Fox and Jacobs Updated Bathroom

Sherry Timmerman: We hired a general contractor, but his first subcontractor was mismanaging the project and was not being supervised properly. The second subcontractor had to redo much of the work of the first. Finally, I had to hire a third person to redo the floors. I learned a lot. 

Carrollton Connection: Did you do any of the work? 

Fox and Jacobs Updated ranch house

Fox and Jacobs Updated Ranch House

Sherry Timmerman: I designed the room and layout, I did all of the decorating and I made all of the material selections. 

Carrollton Connection: How long did it take you?

Sherry Timmerman: We started in a March 2018 and finished October 2018.  

Carrollton Connection: Now that this project is completed, is there anything you would do differently?

Fox and Jacob Kitchen update

Fox and Jacob Kitchen Update

Sherry Timmerman: Be very careful of who you let in your house. Get references, and make sure they are licensed, bonded professionals. Do not be afraid to question anything you are not happy with immediately.  Verify that the materials you chose are the ones being installed.  Do not give all your money upfront. Pay by the job.  Have the contractor start with a smaller project to see how they perform. Are they on time, do they show up, do they clean up, are they respectful of your home, do they keep to the timeline?  I wish I had known these things from the beginning, a lot of time and money could have been saved.