House Tour: House Snooping at Retro Ranch Reno

Yay!  Friday!
This week on House Snoopers, we’re snooping around Gabbi’s house at
After the tour, I think you’ll all agree that you’d love to have a bottle of Gabbi’s energy!
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Hi everyone!  I’m Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno!  I don’t know about you guys, but I loooove getting a sneak peak into people’s homes…so when Suzy reached out to me to be a part of her House Snooping feature, I couldn’t have been more excited!  I’m so honored she asked me to share my home!
My hubby and I searched for a place for several months, and needless to say it was quite the roller coaster ride.  In the end, we realized location meant everything to us, and to get the perfect location, we’d have to purchase a not-so-perfect home.  Although the 1950’s ranch we bought wasn’t much of a looker, I knew she had a ton of potential {even though my hubby thought I was crazy}!
We purchased our home using a rehab loan {so we could buy and renovate the “retro” out of it} in August 2011.  Interior renovations didn’t start until late September, but we immediately tackled the exterior with a ton of help from my parents.
Even though the outside received it’s fair share of attention, a ton more was paid to the inside of our home.
When you walk into our house, you see our {now} open living/dining/kitchen area.  Some of the major interior work we completed includes removing walls to create our open floor plan, renovating the kitchen {but keeping the old cabinetry to save $$$}, adding a bar door, updating the lighting/electrical throughout, replacing all the windows and doors, insulating the attic, gutting both bathrooms to make a large hall/guest bath, refinishing our hardwood floors, turning our 3rd guest bedroom into a master ensuite, DIY’ing a new tile hearth and probably a few more things I’m forgetting to add to the list. 😉


Kitchen Before & After - w. textPin
Kitchen Before & After 2 - w. textPin
From our open living area, you head down the hall {which also looks a little different after some paint, stenciling, gallery walls and DIY artwork} to our guest bath and two guest bedrooms.

These two cramped baths…

 …became this spacious bath for everyone to use!
Besides our basement, our two guest rooms {especially #2, which serves as junk room for projects}, have received the least amount of attention in the house.
At the end of the hall is our master bedroom and ensuite.  The closet and bathroom were made out of the former third guest bedroom.  It’s still a work in progress, but we love how it’s coming along so far.
Since we had to use professionals for much of our main floor reno, we had to be very cheap creative when it came to furnishing and decorating our home.  If I didn’t get something second-hand or make it myself, then I definitely purchased it on sale, and with a coupon. 😉  Craigslist became my best friend throughout this process, and I found a deep love of DIY and crafting.
Thank you so much for taking a peek around our home, and stop by Retro Ranch often because things are always changing around here…ahem, we haven’t even started the basement yet! 😉  Thanks again, Suzy…this was a blast!! 🙂
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  I’m totally blown away by all of the renovations that you’ve completed in your home, Gabbi.  You’ve truly turned your fixer-upper into quite a showplace!
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  1. Suzan Sweatman says:

    I saw this awhile back – it’s simply gorgeous – really really gorgeous!
    Not just the reno’s but the decorating style as well 🙂

  2. What an amazing transformation, Gabbi! LOVE your colors and the new and fresh style of your home! Each room is so wonderfully decorated. I’m inspired to work on my bathroom now. LOVE the cabinetry!I’m off to visit your blog!
    Suzy, thanks for sharing Gabbi’s beautiful home!

  3. Beautiful reno and great decorating. This is a great job!


  4. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno says:

    Thanks so much for featuring our home, Suzy!! I really appreciate being a part of your blog! 🙂

  5. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno says:

    Thank you so much for featuring our home, Suzy! I really appreciate being able to be a part of your blog! 🙂

  6. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno says:

    Thanks so much for featuring our home, Suzy!! I really appreciate being a part of your blog! 🙂

  7. Gee Singh Newbanks says:

    Oh wow!!! You have really made it into a luvly home. From dark and dated to bright and beautiful. Thanks for allowing us to wander around in your home.
    Happy Friday.
    Hugs, Gee

  8. Julia Konya says:

    Gabi is awesome! Love her home! She and the hubs did an amazing job!

  9. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    i love gabbi and her style! so fresh and clean!

  10. Katrina@ChicLittleHouse says:

    Love how everything turned out!! Such a breathe of fresh air and fun!

  11. Megan Gordon says:

    I love her blog and style. It’s so refreshing.

  12. Marty Walden says:

    Oh my goodness. This is amazing! I’m going to go comment on her site, too! Thanks, Suzy!

  13. Elisa of Fancy Free Me says:

    So much to love! I think the hall is my fave, although the tiling on the fireplace is gorge!

  14. Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait says:

    Awesome tour! I really enjoyed this.


  15. Terry Moore says:

    Simply amazing. All the changes, the details and the flow of your home is outstanding. Not only do you enjoy the fruits of your labor as you live in this beautiful home, when it comes time to sell, it will do so fast. Only one thing, can you address why you hung the stunning light fixture above the dining room table the opposite way that the table is placed?

  16. Liz @ Quirky Vistas says:

    That was one amazing lot of beautiful renovation and decoration. Thanks for sharing it! Thanks too Suzy for stopping over at Quirky Vistas and cheering me up about my chair that “got away”. So glad you stopped by. I’m sorry but I couldn’t reply by email, because you came up as a no-reply blogger. Come by again! I love hearing from you.

  17. Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design says:

    Love Gabbi and her blog, and of course her home!!! Sooo pretty!

  18. says:

    Love Gabbi and her beautiful home! Great feature!! xo Kristin

  19. Laurie Ritchey says:

    Wow! It doesn’t look like the same home. They did an amazing job of transforming this house into a beautiful home. laurie