When Greg bought our little house five years ago, we didn’t have Eliza, we weren’t married, we weren’t even engaged yet but we both knew that those things were in our future. Greg made it a point to ask me what I thought of the house that his mom had found. He told me that he was buying the house for our future life together and for the kids that we would eventually have. To say I was surprised would be a lie, but I was definitely excited and thrilled at the first glimpse of our future together. I have loved our little house since the first moment I walked in, all 1,170 square feet of it, in all of its 1960 glory. Over the past few years we have created so much life in this house. It will always be the place where Greg proposed to me, in the dining room, wearing his work clothes, surrounded by flowers and with Sam Cooke singing in the background. It will always be the place that we came home to after our honeymoon, the place that we gather for football games with friends and family, the place that is a pit stop on family bike rides along the river, and the place that we brought Eliza home from the hospital. Sentimental doesn’t begin to describe the way that I feel about this home. I couldn’t imagine leaving this place, at least not yet. However, we are bursting at the seams. Even with my master skills at getting rid of stuff (I am the opposite of a hoarder), Eliza’s toys and gear, Greg working more from home and extended family getting bigger everyday has us rotating out toys, squishing a dozen people on our couch, pulling out folding chairs and peering through overhead cabinets to have a conversation. We knew we would have to make a change.
We have been talking about renovating this home since the day Greg moved in and we have been working on the plans, off and on, since that moment. I could always see potential in the house and have had grand visions for bringing it into current day. Not many people renovate in our area. It is not a flippers paradise. New development has been rapid and cheap. It has been much more affordable and just easier to buy a lot and have a contractor build a spec home than to try to renovate. That is starting to change, however. Land is getting more and more expensive as inventory lessens with the massive population growth and houses in desirable areas of town are getting older. Prime for renovation. With Greg and his dad being contractors, it made sense for us, financially and emotionally, to add on and renovate our house. We spent many hours poring over the plans and quotes and after some dealing with the bank, we signed papers last week! We are now on the clock and have 6 months to complete construction.
We will be basically gutting the current house and refinishing everything. Where the kitchen and dining room are now, will become only kitchen, with the dining room moving to the new part of the house. The current garage is getting torn down and replaced with the new garage closer to the street, an office, a utility room, a bathroom, dining room and family room. All in all, we are adding about 1,200 square feet. Getting to design our home and fill it with heirlooms, style and personal touches is a dream come true for me. I am beyond thrilled that we get to work on this project together and that we finally get to watch this home transform into a wonderful space for our family. We also get to keep all of the memories that we have acquired in the space. I will get to show our kids the exact spot where their dad asked me to be his wife. That is pretty damn special and irreplaceable.
The front and back of the house as it currently is. We aren’t working with much guys! The size of the lot is one of the things that we love. We are hoping to utilize it much more once we have a large covered patio.
The living room from both directions. 1. I love Whitney Houston. 2. I love the ceilings, although the decking will be painted white. 3. This is the only current living area. 4. The brick is the one area that is staying the same.
Eeeeek!!! I don’t even want to show these! Thankfully these are the “before” photos and literally everything will be gutted down to the studs. Also I would love to lie and say that you can see we have already started renovating but the paint swatches and removed tiles have been like that for probably 2 years, from a time I got so frustrated with the inactivity I was going to do it myself. The contractor hubby quickly convinced me otherwise.
Our one bathroom. It is actually a really great size but it will be a godsend to have an additional guest bath.
Eliza’s bedroom which will remain pretty much the same except for the flooring.
The master bedroom which pretty much only contains the bed that Greg built us. I love the bed so much but we will probably sell it and I will have him build us a smaller one (although he doesn’t know that yet). At one point during the planning process we were going to have a giant master that this was supposed to go in but then that got the kibosh and we are left with a giant mattress room!
The third bedroom, also known as my closet. Thankfully we will be getting upgraded closets in the master and I may have to downsize… or take some things to my moms. 🙂
The final plans as they stand now! I am so freaking excited!
Let the work commence! MEB