I chose this house because it ticked-off most all of the boxes of what I was
looking for in a house upon returning to Oro Valley, AZ. It had a separate art
studio, it had a view of the Catalina Mountains, a high wall around the
backyard, an evaporative cooler as well as central AC, a split-floor plan, and
only one close neighbor.
Art Studio Bathroom
The Family Room
Some of the "before" photos on this page
are the listing photos taken by the listing
agent, Betty J. White with Long Realty.
Second Oro Valley House
and Art Studio
2012 - 2017
With Before and After Renovation Photos
The Dining Room
Karrie J. Butler
W i l d l i f e A r t i s t a n d H o m e R e n o v a t o r
|Page last updated on 8/06/2017
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As it turned out, this has been my most
challenging house to repair to date. The first
month here, we got carbon monoxide poisoning
from the old furnace that was painted-over to
hide the rust. And then the list of repairs
needed and completed started adding up:
New furnace and AC system
New washer and dryer
New microwave (first one was installed backwards)
New window coverings
New paint inside and out
Replaced the main water line
Replaced the irrigation system
Replaced and grounded all the switches and
Replaced the garage door springs
Installed a grounding rod
Installed a new floor in the art studio after it
flooded, and added a new brick patio to correct
the flooding issues.
Replaced the double pain glass in the windows
East and West Wing Hallways
Eventually I want to
add tile around the sink
and shower enclosure.
I had to replace the floor after the
studio flooded last year, and correct
the flooding issue outside.
After Christmas, Mom told me that
she wasn't feeling well in the dry
climate and high elevation, that she
wanted to move back to Hawai'i.
The house sold to the first couple
who walked in.