After college, Allie Teta lived at home with her parents, but she knew it wouldn’t be long before she became a homeowner herself.
“My parents always kind of instilled in me (to) save (my) money,” she told the Courier Journal. “(They would say 🙂 ‘you could buy a house and that would be really exciting! “”
Two years after college, Teta found the house that would be her next home. She stayed with her parents for another year while they renovated the space together.
“The third year I lived at the house was the year we were renovating this house, and my parents were actually renovating their house at the same time,” Teta said. “It was pure chaos for several months.”
She adds that almost all of the renovations have been done by her family, with her father – who is an electrical engineer by trade – in the lead.
“My grandpa owns an electrical outsourcing business,” Teta said, “so my grandpa… (and he) learned everything from YouTube. It’s totally his passion, and I think that he loved to share this passion with me. “
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Much of the vision for his new home came from his father. Finding the ranch in Middletown, Teta couldn’t imagine its potential. Even though the house had good framing, it looked like it hadn’t been renovated since it was built in 1976. She relied heavily on her father for his vision and talents.
“There’s nothing like the feeling of walking in (after) you’ve spent all your money in this house and (realizing it) has pink carpets and smells bad,” she said with a laugh. . “But it really worked, and I give (my dad’s) vision a lot of credit because it kind of helped me see what it could be.”
Along with giving the house a facelift and an overall update, there was one thing Teta was determined to incorporate into her new space.
“I really wanted to study just because I’m an English teacher,” she said. “I really just wanted a cool space to store all my books.”
She always dreamed of having a dedicated book space, and when she bought the house, she immediately imagined the perfect room for it.
“I knew instantly that I didn’t want a formal living room because I would never use it,” she explained. “But I knew I would use a desk with shelves and a reading nook, and that sort of thing.”
Teta and her father have transformed what was once a living room into the space of her dreams. They used unfinished top cabinets and plywood from Home Depot to build the 16-shelf built-in cabinet, which is now filled with everything from Greek myths and classic literature to reference books and modern fiction.
From building shelving to installing new hardwood floors, almost every aspect of the renovation was a family affair.
“The only thing we rented in this house was the drywall,” Teta said, adding that preparing the master bathroom walls for the drywall contractors was one of the most difficult aspects of the job. home renovation.
“(The contractors) put drywall on the wallpaper, because (the wallpaper) was tearing (pieces) off the wall,” she recalls. “(We) just couldn’t get it down, so my dad and I had to paint over the wallpaper with this special glue-like paint. … It was horrible. It smelled bad … but it was (necessary) to seal the wallpaper before the drywall came in or the wallpaper would bubble up.
While Teta has said that working on the master bathroom walls was the most difficult house project for her, she thinks her father would argue otherwise.
“He once fell through the ceiling and injured his ribs,” she said. “So when he says that (his) blood and sweat and tears have entered this house, I think very literally, his blood is in this house – and so is mine.”
Once it was all over, Teta was sure she would never want to renovate another house on her own again.
“But now, a few years later, I’m more open to this,” she said. “Maybe I’ll renovate the next one too. But this renovation was truly a family effort!
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nuts and bolts
Owner: Allie Teta, who is an English teacher at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Louisville.
Home: This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,600 square foot ranch in the Beckley Woods neighborhood of Middletown that was built in 1976.
Distinctive elements: Granite counters and marble backsplash in the kitchen; Original 1970s solid wood beams and wood-burning fireplace in the family room; personalized bookcases integrated into the office; original 1970s stained glass in the lobby; marble counters in the guest bathroom; Granite countertops in the master bathroom; exterior covered passage connecting the main house to the garage for two cars; partially fenced backyard; Small free library in the front yard.
Applause! Applause! The owner would like to thank her, my mom and dad, Ellen and Bob Teta, for all of their help with the renovation and for helping her see what the house could be like; her siblings, Amy Smith and Kelly Teta, for their help with many diverse projects, from painting libraries to removing staples from sub-floors; and her grandparents for bringing the family lunch every weekend while they worked from home.