Our Next Chapter: We’re Moving!

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See that sweet southern porch we’re all hanging out on, half of us barefoot?

family pic on a porch new house moving

That’s our next home! And also our next big project!

One day late last spring, we got a baby-sitter, went out for sushi, and crept past a house that wasn’t for sale yet. We had heard through friends that the owner of the home had just accepted a job out of state. We had also been told from a friend of the friend that the bones of the home were beautiful. “Character, charm, and a bedroom for each kid and a guest.”

white brick home

After our sushi date, we drove by that charming 6 bedroom house, saw the larger yard, the mature trees… I was hooked. And I immediately wanted to see inside!

But Why Move?

This house just happened… sort of.

On our part, it wasn’t totally unexpected or reckless. We had plans to move one day in the future. But wasn’t our house perfect? After all, we built it to our liking. But the things that came up for us were:

  • We would like the girls to not share bedrooms now that our oldest is getting older. It worked out so well… until it didn’t. IYKYK.
  • The idea of a 3rd car garage is sooo appealing, and a few other first-world nit picky things that we didn’t think we cared about when the kids were smaller.
  • I would love a dining room and a home office at the same time. I would enjoy and use both.
  • We don’t have a guest room, which is no big deal in day to day life… but it sure would be nice to have one for Jose’s parents when they visit instead of having them huddle up in our son’s bed.
  • We do wish our primary bathroom was larger.

When you write out a list like that for the world to see, it can come across as if I’ve lost perspective. But if you’re living in San Francisco and your eyes are rolling out of your head – you also have to understand – where we live housing is still somewhat affordable. There are actually homes that check off all these boxes that are available to us in our price range. And Jose being a Realtor, sees these homes all the time.

We initially were hoping a 5 or 6 bedroom would just magically come on one day in our own neighborhood. This would allow us to stay close to my parents and make for an easy transition for the kids.

white brick home

I was very careful about wanting to give the owners an offer before they started putting money into their house to get it ready to list. I didn’t want them buying fresh paint or new carpets if I was going to immediately put my own spin on it anyways. About 6 weeks after that creepy initial drive-by, the owners were kind enough to allow us to walk through the home. We took a weekend to think it over, and the feeling of yes started to grow.

white brick new home

It’s a LOT of home, over 7000 sq ft., and it’s been well taken care of but… it’s still a “needs lots of love home”. Jose and I are chasing a dream with this one! Honestly, we fell in love with the white brick, the big southern back porch, and all the opportunity it holds inside!

The house was a custom build 16 years ago, but it hasn’t been updated since. When we walked through the home for the first time it actually had us hesitating. Not because it wasn’t well taken care of or lovely on its own. The sheer size of it (it’s more than double our current home) is great for us in so many ways… but there is some serious updating here!

The new living room:

living room

Our old living room:

living room

cane chair and pillow | white side table | blue rug | X benches | coffee table | drapes | lamp | sconces | sectional

new house bathroom

But of course, those projects also mean so many new design challenges and opportunities. A project this size calls for an expert to tame all my hair brained ideas – especially in the kitchen – so I’ve hired a designer (Katie with Betsy Anderson Interiors) to help manage all of those decisions for me with the kitchen mostly, but also the dining room and foyer areas. Katie has flawless taste and comes with a glowing reputation.

I was hesitant to hire help at first because I am comfortable making design decisions, but now that the ball is rolling I am SO GLAD I am not managing all of this on my own. I do not have the time or the contacts a designer has to devote to this. I also have zero kitchen renovation experience, whereas Katie is an expert. More on that to come in the future!

dining room new home

And to be crystal clear – this wasn’t an easy yes! When our offer was accepted my first thought was “uh oh, is this good news or simply… news?” After all, it was only 2016 when we started talking about building the home we live in now, and only recently I felt like the rooms were complete.

After our offer was accepted I was restless at night, anxious for my kids, feeling nervous about how a large scale project will effect our family. But after selling our own home (in two days – this awful real estate market does have its perks!), now we’re feeling confident and excited.

new house bedroom
new house sitting room

That room above with the little sink/ beverage fridge is a sitting room off of the primary bedroom. I am so excited about this space!

front porch new home

So What’s The Plan?

We are moving in.

We plan to tackle the second floor on our own because it’s more managable. We are in the process of getting quotes. It needs paint, hardwoods in bedrooms, some lighting, 2 fireplaces to redo and a small coffee/cocktail bar in the bedroom to spruce up. The kids bathrooms and our primary bath will have to wait for another year.

Hilariously, I thought we would start demo on the kitchen right after we closed! As in straight from the closing office – here’s the keys now go knock down that kitchen wall! But with appliances 7-8 months out, and cabinets past Christmas, what’s the point? This is very much an “order everything as soon as you can and wait” game.

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