Lake Living: Seeing the Potential in Your Not-So-New Home

Allison Adams helps bring families and homes together at Lake Homes Re- alty. Contact her at Allison Adams helps bring families and homes together at Lake Homes Re- alty. Contact her at Allison Adams

I am a dreamer. A creative type. So, why wouldn't I blog about ripping everything out of a sleepy-but-good-boned, 1950s home? It’s been an adventure. And one I wouldn’t trade for the world. We’re all moved in, and the renovation is complete (for the most part – we all know it’s never really over).

We decided, at the recommendation of our fabulous local flooring guy, to keep the original pink marble in the foyer. You can imagine the commentary when I picked out the ceiling color to also be…you guessed it: pink. 

That is the thing about buying an older home. There are treasures and surprises around every bend. 

Renovation is like orchestration. There must be someone to make music with the madness. My husband, Chad, coordinated each of these pros to overlap, but to not be in each other's way. 

Blending new trend materials with existing cabinets and “perfectly fine” countertops was a blast.

Tuscaloosa is brimming with sleepy houses that need some tender love and care. Two of my most recent sales on the lake are fixer-uppers. One couple put a contract on a house we showed by boat – they bought it, sight unseen. That is how slim the lake market is, and how motivated buyers are. They see beyond the dust and the must. They know when a house has great potential. 

An exciting transformation conducted by “my crew” – a team of reno experts – was undertaken on a home in NorthRiver that will hopefully be the next feature on our blog. It’s a 1960s retro coming back to life – complete with fresh paint and shag carpet. Stay tuned. 

Tired of the same old? Jump in and make some changes. You will be glad you did. With a few hundred new University families coming soon, you will find that your elbow grease may provide some new family a treasure – and give you a sweet profit.  

We have had fun blogging our transformation at Check us out on Instagram too @housewisetuscaloosa. 

Allison Adams  

Realtor, Lake Homes Realty of West Alabama 

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Allison Adams

Broker Associate at Lake Homes Realty / - As a landowner and former owner of my own Real Estate company on the Gulf Coast, I am thrilled to be a part of cutting edge marketing and technology with LAKE HOMES REALTY, who will market your lake front property assuring that it gets seen.


Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.



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