I just felt like sharing something....
This past Saturday, hubs and I spent most of the day riding around looking at neighborhoods and houses for our potential move. Yes, that's right. We thought about moving. AGAIN. But (spoiler alert) by the end of the day, we decided to stay put. Let me back up a bit and tell you how this came about.
In the last few months there have been a few odd happenings around the casa. Happenings that left us feeling a bit unsettled and wondering about our safety and that of our house and baby, Three. The happening that left a rotted cherry on top was last week when an (illegally) parked car on the empty lot across the street caught on fire at 1:30am. YEAH. Coupled with all the other weirdness (read: stolen plants, clarinet stashed under our house) we kind of thought "should we get outta dodge?"
So, we investigated. Basically, for me anyway, by the end of the day, I had a renewed appreciation for our house and its location. We saw some nice homes, but they were either in a far out location or they just weren't as great as our house. We both decided we'd rather put a chunk of change into our current house that put a chunk of change down on a new house. Especially because we JUST custom renovated our bathroom! It's hard to look at builder bathrooms after we've lived with one great custom bathroom for 2 years and now have a new one. Nothing measures up!
The exciting part is that we're meeting with our favorite GC again tonight to discuss ..... LIVING ROOM and KITCHEN renovations. We are aiming for the stars, but willing to come back down to earth depending on the estimate.
Our current kitchen is great and we really love the IKEA cabinets and quartz countertops. We have a great pantry and lovely windows looking out to our back yard and patio. BUT. I've always wanted it to be an eat-in kitchen. I've printed our floor plan we received from the original builder back when we bought the house and have drawn on our proposed changes.
Right now, we have a small screened-in porch off the kitchen. We're thinking of enclosing that to enlarge our kitchen. We're also thinking of splitting our "office" downstairs into a new walk-in closet for the guest bedroom and an office. We don't use it a ton now so splitting it wouldn't really cramp our style. The current closet in the guestroom would get closed off and (hopefully) accessed from the kitchen. Because it sits next to our current pantry, we'd like to merge the two and make one large pantry or perhaps something like this (photo from House*Tweaking) which has a little workspace:
Lastly, we may be able to close in a walkway from our garage to the house. As it is now, we have to go outside to get inside the house from the garage. It's never really been an issue because it's just a few steps, but it'd be nice to have dry access to the garage if we can!
The living room will have fairly minor renovations. Mostly just changing one wall where the fireplace and TV are. We hope to remove all or part of the wall that separates the living and kitchen spaces for a more open feel.
The possibilities are very exciting, but we'll have to see what the damage is before we'll know what we're going to do.
The best part for me is the revelation that I DO love my house and I DO want to stay in it. Even if we have weirdo neighbors and weirdo things happening around us. We can customize it to our hearts content and hopefully come out with something even better than we started with. OUR home.