Name: LaurieAnne Gonzalez, husband Taylor, and dog Hazel
Location: Arcadia Neighborhood — Phoenix, Arizona
Size: 952 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned
My husband and I rented our little 1950s 952-square-foot ranch home for a year before buying and renovating it to become our own. Before we renovated, the house was very dark and closed off with a lot of wasted space. My mom, who has designed renovations for her own personal homes, came up with a plan that made our little house feel much larger than it really was. Working with a local contractor, we opened up walls, we completely reconfigured the kitchen, bathrooms and closets, we smoothed out the outdated textured walls and ceiling, and we replaced all of the flooring, windows, and doors.