We are on “Day 3” of renovations to our new house and to say the house is tore up is an understatement. Am I crazy you ask, to do this with a toddler? Maybe. But will it all be worth it in the end? I hope so!
Let me start out by saying that everything all happened so fast! We found a house we loved, we walked in and we knew we were home. We listed our house immediately, and we sold in 11 days! Everything has gone so seamlessly as if it all were supposed to happen this way.
The craziest part was when we were living in LA a few years ago while we were in escrow on our previous house, I had a dream. I remember it vividly. I remember it was a lazy Sunday and my husband and I were laying in bed and our kids were running around playing. I felt such happiness from this dream. I remember waking up and thinking that bedroom looked nothing like the bedroom in the house we were buying…… Flash forward to 2015, our new bedroom is “THAT” bedroom. Its like the mothership was calling us home or in this case a “ spanish style” ship which is actually a house and for perks it has a built in BBQ and a jacuzzi! (Score!)
We knew buying this house all the changes we wanted to make. My husband has a construction background and he grew up building houses with his dad. To him this is something he has done a million times ,but to me, this is my first time being able to do exactly what we want to a house. It has been so much fun picking everything out and being able to start from scratch making it all our own. As well as being completely overwhelming….Did I mention I have an 18 mos. old that is already entering her “terrible” two’s?!!!
When we were looking at houses a few things I knew I wanted were:
-tons of windows for natural light
-Nice open floorplan that would be great for entertaining
-Fireplace, Driveway and Yard ( so my daughter could have a place to play while I was making dinner)
-Formal dining room to host Holidays
-all bedrooms on upper level so we could be close to our babies
….and last but not least
-a kitchen with solid wood shaker style cabinets that could be refinished and plenty of room to cook
My husband warned me that doing these changes to a house is a lot of work and in the beginning it will look crazy but you have to realize it will all come together. Well, right now we are in the “crazy” stage!
We have ripped out the floors, fireplace mantle and built in. We have torn out old appliances and next is counters and back splash. On the positive side the painters have finished today, and all of the tile on the first floor is ripped out! On the negative side the house is not liveable but guess what we have to move in 2 days. We were lucky enough to be able to do a rent back for 15 days so we could have a few days of overlap while we were doing the initial tear out. Well, those 15 days are gonna up on Tuesday!…AHHHHH!
We have so much work ahead of us but please follow me along this journey. It will definitely be crazy, and it will definitely be fun.