Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Some "before" shots of our new home.

We closed on our new home at the end of May and started some renovations the very next day. We are already making progress but what fun would it be if I didn't show you what we started with? I have to apologize these are all MLS photos. I didn't get a chance to take my own before we started doing things.

After house hunting with us for almost a year, I think our realtor was pretty surprised when we fell in love with this house. She'd recommended the neighborhood to us but all along we've really loved and preferred newer homes. 

We also loved high ceilings, thick moldings, an open floor plan, lots of natural light and a flat, grassy outdoor space. Mature landscaping was also a plus. Well, this house fit the bill. It just needed a few tweaks to become more in line with our style.
We won't be doing all those tweaks at once. It will be a process and will probably take about three years before all of my vision comes to fruition. 
Phase 1: Refinish hardwoods, replace carpet, paint, change out downstairs light fixtures. We've just finished doing all of this. We wanted it done before we moved in so now we'll be taking a breather from the rest of renovations for a little while!
Phase 2: Change backsplash and granite, upgrade range. The backsplash and granite will take priority. Nothing is wrong with them per se, just not my taste and that is so hard coming from a custom kitchen in our old house.
Phase 3: Outdoor space. Some kind of update. Possible screened in porch addition with paver grilling patio. Maybe just an outdoor kitchen. Not sure yet.  
Phase 4: Upgrade master and guest bathrooms. Maybe re-tile Madeline's bathroom. 

There are other smaller projects that we'll squeeze in as we go. We're just about unpacked and I can't wait to share the progress we have made so far. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The House that Was

Last year, I published this post about the "house that wasn't." I shared how we lost what felt like the perfect house and how heartbroken it felt after looking for so long and being outbid on four other houses. Well, we stayed put in our current home since then and just kept saving. We got through Madeline's arrival and then that itch started.

First, I want to say I love our current home and that has been what made it so difficult to find another one. After building this place ourselves, I got pretty accustomed to getting everything I wanted in terms of design. And our kitchen...it is just perfect and finding a better one has proven really challenging.

Our house is not big enough, though. Corey works from home a lot of the time when he isn't traveling. That coupled with baby girl being at home and the screaming, crying, and cooing that come with that and we really needed to be able to spread out a little more. Not to mention the baby paraphernalia that just keeps coming and we are out of storage. We also really wanted a backyard, which is not something we had any desire for when we arrived in Charlotte from Hoboken. 

We asked our realtor to open our search back up and then ended up falling in love with a neighborhood we never even considered last year and a specific house in it. Financially, it was the best we'd seen for the money and less expensive than the house that wasn't. Since we've been saving, saving, saving since then we've also finished paying off our cars and my student loan since the fall so lots of financial freedom was gained by waiting, even if it was heart breaking at the time. 

It wasn't the neighborhood we originally wanted but this neighborhood has a great community feel and looks so picture perfect. It's also less than ten minutes from our current house, keeping us close to our favorite things and friends. Bonus for Corey is that it is much closer to his company's new office when he has to go in and the airport. It's also close to the country club we are considering joining so we can start moving forward with that process. Bring on the golf.

This house is a reminder that when one door closes, another will open when the time is right. This house has good bones and is in excellent condition but needs a lot of updating, so I will share that when the time comes. Meanwhile, we'll be trying to pack up with a newborn in tow. While I return to work. Yes, we are crazy. 

Oh, and if you know someone looking to buy a super cute townhouse in Southpark, send them my way!