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With determination and some careful planning, Ashley Gilbreath transformed a condemned mess into her dream cottage.

SOMETIMES DREAM HOMES CAN START out as nightmares. When interior designer Ashley Gilbreath stepped into her 1930s Spanish-style home for the first time, her jaw dropped. “The city should have paid us to buy it”, she quips. Despite the damage, Ashley wanted to save the historic house and not only restore it, but resurrect it.


The home sagged with neglect. A flat roof sent water through the center of the house, rotting beams and supports. The previous owner “kept open food out in the kitchen intentionally to keep the roaches and the rats in one place, so she could sleep in the back of the house”, Ashley explains. “That gives you an idea of how condemned this house was.” Despite the overwhelming amount of work the house needed, she was determined to meet her goals.

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