12 years ago today My husband Brett and I closed on our house. I have now lived on this spot on the planet longer than I have lived anywhere. That blows my mind! This is a picture of our house from quite a long time ago. Our house was built in 1895 and has all of the charm of an old house. We have tall ceilings, the original moldings, interior transom windows, and big exterior windows typical of the time period. We also live in a home without one level surface. Over the years previous owners have added on to the original structure. Some with quality additions, and others with not the best craftsmanship.
We have made this house WERK for us. I found out I was pregnant the same week we made an offer on this house. Our lives today look so different then they did the day our real estate agent handed the keys to the front door over to us. I will be sharing the various ways we switched things around, but let me just say that almost every room in our house has had multiple uses in the time we have lived here. We haven’t needed to move because we’ve been able to rearrange the rooms to suit our needs.
Last year though, we were feeling a need for a change. Our girls are getting older and are asking to have their own rooms. We decided to look into moving. We had the kindest and most patient real estate agent in the world. Every time we visited a house we would shake our heads and say, “It’s not exactly IT.” We knew we would know “IT” when we saw “IT,” but we just never did. To be fair, there were some amazing houses out there, just out of our budget! But even so, their locations never really won us over.
After a lot of soul searching, we realized that the problem was that we were still in love with our house and our neighborhood. This place was “IT” all along. This will come as a surprise to you if you know me in real life, as I have been talking about a move for at least the past 4 years. I was really focused on all the things I didn’t like about our home. I neglected to realize all the things I do love about it. When we went out looking for a new to us home it became clear that we wouldn’t be happy giving up what we already have.
We have decided to renovate the parts of our home that aren’t working for us. I have spent the last 4 or 5 months just completely focused on the project. Hence the lack of updates around these parts. The contractor is supposed to start work this week! I liked that it coincided so perfectly with the anniversary of buying our home. It also seems to match up perfectly with National Blog Posting Month. If you followed my 100 day project, you know I like a challenge. So I will be posting about our house project for the next 30 days. Hopefully it will help me dust off my writing skills which feel super atrophied… and stuff.
So get ready for a whole lot of house stuff coming your way!