Life moves forward quickly. If and when I stop to really think about it, the amount on my plate is overwhelming. The positives are that everything is forward moving, and I am all about positive, forward movement in all that I do. Become solo in the last year (by choice) and an empty nester has meant a lot of changes at the home front. I no longer need the big family home, as my boys have moved on to college and a career. A down-size was in my future and I seized the opportunity to look for a place that felt like a home I would enjoy.
There was a lot of hunting in the area I had preferred, with so many homes already updated in a HGTV inspired, DIY manner – but without the skills. It was interesting to see what finishes people chose and how much they wanted to charge for their “renovations”. With support and guidance, I found the courage to go with a fixer upper myself! A home that had a lot of the features that I had on my wish list: a nice neighborhood with no HOA, a floor plan with no wasted space (for me that would be a living room and dining room), no pool and a 2 car garage. The house is an original from 1972, with the formica counter tops and green enameled hardware. A super blank canvas for me to choose some of my own finishes and make it my special fun house!!
I worried about having space for both boys plus a sewing and craft area (the latter being oh, so very important!) and then I realized that I can have the entire house as my creative space if I choose! What an exciting and liberating thought!
This is my first home purchase on my own and it is a learning experience! I have been learning about older home construction (for my area the 70’s is old), roofs and windows. I have a lot to choose but the opinions will be all mine (within a budget of course).
Join me as I take this new adventure in remodeling and creating a new home. Share your thoughts, experiences and ideas – there is a lot to see and learn.
Let’s be creative!!