Not all of us have what it takes to complete a home renovation. It sounds tempting to put in the hard work on your own and see your plans come together, but it isn’t easy.

One woman in Idaho was up for the challenge, though, when she inherited a farmhouse from her great-great grandmother that stood abandoned for over 30 years. Despite the challenges of bringing a decrepit one-bedroom shack back to life after all those years, the new owner was ready to reclaim the farmhouse for her family.

Located in Boise, Idaho, this farmhouse was built during the 1970s. The current owner inherited the home from her great-great grandmother. It was in total disarray, and it would take a lot of effort to turn it into something that could be lived in again.

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After the owner’s great-great-grandmother died, the house was abandoned and sat empty for roughly 30 years. 

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The farmhouse is a 700-square-foot, single-bedroom home. The new owner knew there was a lot of work to do, but she was committed to the project, and happy to reclaim the house for her family.

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It’s hard to believe looking at these pictures that the new owner planned to move into the farmhouse once the renovation was complete.

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Luckily, there was no structural damage that needed to be corrected, and only a small area of the wall in the bathroom sustained water damage. Considering that this building stood vacant for three decades plus, that’s not bad!

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Once the new owner discovered the renovation would be more about cleaning the house up and modernizing its features, she was free to explore the aesthetic possibilities of her soon-to-be new home.

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She began by updating the electrical work and plumbing, but there was still plenty of work to be done.

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The exterior of the farmhouse got a total makeover with brand new siding, a fresh coat of paint, and new awnings and gutters, while the interior got all new drywall.

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Taking a look at the refreshed interior of the once dilapidated farmhouse is enough to take your breath away. It’s hard to imagine that this is the same place.

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Beautiful wood floors were installed, and all the appliances were updated.

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The kitchen might be the room that was improved the most, with stainless steel appliances, a beautiful tile backsplash and dark wood cabinets.

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After all of the finishing touches were added, the new owner was ready to move in. 

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During construction, a cat wandered into the house, and the new owner decided to take her in. 

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The renovation cost an estimated $35,000-$40,000 overall, according to the new owner. Things weren’t completely resolved after she moved in, however.

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Soon after taking up residence in her brand new farmhouse, the new owner realized there was no septic tank, and that all the home’s wastewater was draining into a field in the rear of the home. 

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Putting a septic tank in was no easy feat, but she finally got it done. 

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Her dedication and hard work definitely paid off. She followed through on a project that many other people might have abandoned at the outset.

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Now, the new owner loves her home.

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It’s perfect for everyone who lives there!

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This woman did an absolutely beautiful job with her family’s farmhouse. Now, it’s ready to be lived in and loved once again.

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