Before & After: A Dated Florida Ranch Gets a Complete Makeover For $311K

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By Lucy Wang
Blending Mediterranean influences with a modern farmhouse aesthetic, Jungle Too is a thoroughly renovated ranch in Florida boasting a renewed connection with the outdoors.

Not long after Studio 818 began remodeling a spec house in Fort Lauderdale, the interior design firm was approached by a woman interested in purchasing the property sight unseen.

A longtime fan of their work, the prospective homeowner told the designers she’d soon be relocating to the area and had the utmost faith in the practice. Not only did she offer to purchase all the yet-to-be-acquired staging furniture, but she also waited until the house was completely finished to see it in person.

Before: Exterior

Before: The 1958 home had a U-shaped driveway that was later torn out. The heavily overgrown state of the double lot led Studio 818 to name this project Jungle Too.

Before: The 1958 home had a U-shaped driveway that was later torn out. The heavily overgrown state of the double lot led Studio 818 to name this project Jungle Too.

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After: Exterior

After: The open carport was transformed into an oversized, two-car garage. The porch overhang was also extended to provide coverage for the new full-height windows.

After: The open carport was transformed into an oversized, two-car garage. The porch overhang was also extended to provide coverage for the new full-height windows.

"I had only communicated with the buyer via email, text, and phone until the day she arrived to see her new home for the first time," Janie Micek, principal of Studio 818, says. "It was probably one of the coolest moments we were able to be a part of. It made all the sweat, blood, and tears so worth it!"

Before: Living Room

Before: The living area was dark and uninviting.

Before: The living area was dark and uninviting.

After: Living Room

The newly renovated living room includes new, black limestone floors, a Sven Leather Couch by Article, and a West Elm coffee table. The rug is by Surya.

The newly renovated living room includes new, black limestone floors, a Sven Leather Couch by Article, and a West Elm coffee table. The rug is by Surya.

Originally purchased by the firm as a portfolio piece, the 1950s property was a typical, ranch-style Florida home topped with a barrel tile terra-cotta roof. Dark, dated, and non-functional for modern needs, the original structure needed a thorough revamp beginning with a $100,000 rebuild that included digging up and replacing the original cast-iron pipes; installation of new wiring, outlets, and panel; an upgraded HVAC; as well as new impact windows and doors throughout.

Before: Kitchen

Before: The kitchen had been closed off from the living and dining areas.

Before: The kitchen had been closed off from the living and dining areas.

Before: "We removed the old walled-off kitchen in the corner, created a pantry in its place, and expanded the kitchen from front to back of house with a new floating kitchen island," Janie notes.

Before: "We removed the old walled-off kitchen in the corner, created a pantry in its place, and expanded the kitchen from front to back of house with a new floating kitchen island," Janie notes.

After: Kitchen

"The kitchen is unique and hits all the marks for the perfect space to entertain guests," Janie explains. "I love to cook, so, naturally, the kitchen is my favorite part of the house."

"The kitchen is unique and hits all the marks for the perfect space to entertain guests," Janie explains. "I love to cook, so, naturally, the kitchen is my favorite part of the house."

The footprint of the original two-bedroom, two-bath house was also expanded with two new additions, bringing it to a total of a 1,728 square feet with three bedrooms, three baths and an oversized two-car garage.

The custom shaker style cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray and mixed with walnut cabinets with an island overhang by Elite Remodeling Concepts, LLC. The stools are from Dovetail Furniture.

The custom shaker style cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray and mixed with walnut cabinets with an island overhang by Elite Remodeling Concepts, LLC. The stools are from Dovetail Furniture.

The new kitchen features New Calacatta quartz countertops and backsplash by Stone Designs by Santos. The wall sconces are from an Etsy shop.

The new kitchen features New Calacatta quartz countertops and backsplash by Stone Designs by Santos. The wall sconces are from an Etsy shop.

Using a Mediterranean-inspired style, Studio 818 maintained the architectural integrity of the 1958 home while introducing a contemporary refresh.

Before: Bedroom

Before: This existing bedroom felt constrained and lacked a strong connection with the landscape.

Before: This existing bedroom felt constrained and lacked a strong connection with the landscape.

A look inside one of two guest bedrooms. The floors are wire-brushed, wide plank oak from ProSource. The bed and rug are from Four Hands while the side tables are from West Elm. The lamps are from Home Goods.

A look inside one of two guest bedrooms. The floors are wire-brushed, wide plank oak from ProSource. The bed and rug are from Four Hands while the side tables are from West Elm. The lamps are from Home Goods.

Janie explains, "Once the vision was established, it was easy to select materials and finishes to complement the aesthetic and add architectural elements to support the farmhouse look. For example, we added colonial mullions to the front windows, rustic black limestone floors, barn doors, oak floors, etc."

Before: Bathroom

Before: A peek inside the hall bathroom.

Before: A peek inside the hall bathroom.

After: Bathroom

The new hall bathroom features Agdal Black cement floor tiles from Moroccan Mosaics, a vanity by Sage Hill Designs with a white quartz countertop by Stone Design by Santos, and a CB2 mirror.

The new hall bathroom features Agdal Black cement floor tiles from Moroccan Mosaics, a vanity by Sage Hill Designs with a white quartz countertop by Stone Design by Santos, and a CB2 mirror.

The renovation and expansion project was completed for a total construction cost of $311,000. The furnishings and window coverings—slightly tailored to the buyer’s tastes—cost an additional $40,000.

Before: Expansion

Before: This outdoor hardscape became the new location for the master suite expansion.

Before: This outdoor hardscape became the new location for the master suite expansion.

After: Expansion

The new extension houses the master bedroom, closet, and bath. Barn doors conceal the master bath and closet (not pictured). The bed faces views of the pool while a clerestory window above lets in additional jungle views and daylight.

The new extension houses the master bedroom, closet, and bath. Barn doors conceal the master bath and closet (not pictured). The bed faces views of the pool while a clerestory window above lets in additional jungle views and daylight.

A corner of the master bedroom is furnished with a Serena Lily side chair, a Target floor lamp, and a Home Goods side table.

A corner of the master bedroom is furnished with a Serena Lily side chair, a Target floor lamp, and a Home Goods side table.

The bed is from Four Hands. The bench is from CB2, and the rug is Loren by Jaipur Rugs. To the left of the bed is a West Elm end table and wall-mounted sconce.

The bed is from Four Hands. The bench is from CB2, and the rug is Loren by Jaipur Rugs. To the left of the bed is a West Elm end table and wall-mounted sconce.

The pool patio includes new limestone pavers, a new in-ground pool by Signature Pools, and furniture from Target. The hammock is from Wayfair.

The pool patio includes new limestone pavers, a new in-ground pool by Signature Pools, and furniture from Target. The hammock is from Wayfair.

"More than a dozen dumpsters of concrete and asphalt were trucked out of the property with nearly 20-truck loads of soil trucked back in to sculpt the gorgeous new landscape," the firm adds. "The interior was designed to honor and welcome the feel of nature into the living spaces." 

The master bath is fitted out with a custom double vanity by Elite Remodeling Concepts, LLC, a quartz countertop by Stone Design by Santos, wall-mounted faucets by Signature Hardware, and picket mosaic wall tile from Floor and Décor. The full-height window with a privacy curtain in the corner overlooks a succulent courtyard.

The master bath is fitted out with a custom double vanity by Elite Remodeling Concepts, LLC, a quartz countertop by Stone Design by Santos, wall-mounted faucets by Signature Hardware, and picket mosaic wall tile from Floor and Décor. The full-height window with a privacy curtain in the corner overlooks a succulent courtyard.

The guest bath pairs black limestone picket floors from Floor and Décor with white porcelain picket from Floor and Décor for the shower walls. The vanity is by Sage Hill Designs, and the round mirror is from Hayneedle.

The guest bath pairs black limestone picket floors from Floor and Décor with white porcelain picket from Floor and Décor for the shower walls. The vanity is by Sage Hill Designs, and the round mirror is from Hayneedle.

Project Credits:

Interior Design: Studio 818 (@818studio)

Architect of Record: C & J Design and Build

Builder/ General Contractor: Restore 818

Landscape Design Company: Studio 818

Cabinetry Design/ Installation: Studio 818

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