See that sweet southern porch we’re all hanging out on, half of us barefoot?
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.”
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 not too distant future, (I would like my girls to not share bedrooms, the idea of a 3rd car garage and guest room is sooo appealing, and a few other first-world nit picky things). But we were really 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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