Things are coming along with the remodel! We are hoping to have it mostly done to move in end of July, crossing our fingers and trying really hard to make it happen! But don’t say “I told you so” if it doesn’t happen. Ha! It does feel like they are moving pretty fast, we go to the house everyday and there are changes, which leaves us feeling hopeful. The kids are excited, which is making us excited!
We have gotten the question “why didn’t you just buy a new house” or “why didn’t you knock down this house and start over”. The number one reason is… we like a lot of the charm of this house, it has good bones. We also like to mix the old with the new. We actually never considered knocking it down. Starting over would have taken a lot longer and cost a lot more. Buying a “new home” was not even on our radar, we wanted mature landscaping and a developed area.
This home is in a really nice area, with a private community. Location is really everything to us. It was with our CT home too. We learned through our first home purchase to focus on location FIRST, we didn’t love the location. That is how we learn, experiences. But, we were able to make money on it because it was a new area and we were one of the first to buy in. By the time we sold that first home, a lot more was starting to develop around it, making it desirable. (It still wasn’t a desirable location in our opinion).
We bought this 1970’s Ranch for $850k, homes in the area sell around $800k-$2 million. We know we will get back whatever we put in, and we actually hope this is our “forever home”. We have bought and sold three homes and every home we were able to make about double what we bought it for. This afforded us to be able to have our last home paid off and bought this home for the same price we sold our CT home for (I will go into more details on another blog post, that might help others). I mention that because we have gotten questions on how we “budget” for this remodel. The way we budgeted was to not spend more than what we could turn around and sell it for. So we are trying to keep the renovations about $400-$500k, while balancing what we really want, knowing we hope to stay here.
When we remodeled our CT home our contractor gave us a bid on what his labor would be with the basics- wood, sheetrock and some finish work. So we knew about what we would have to pay him then we kept an excel document on what we would bought tile, doors, etc for.
We are doing the same for this remodel. Keeping an excel document when we pay for things like tile, wood floor, etc. and then have a number on what we will be paying the contractor. Our contractor is Gough Construction and our Architect is Wheeler Design. We LOVE both of them!!!!!
Let’s check out the changes!!!
We have stairs!! These stairs go to our new second floor and I have never been more excited for stairs. I wanted to do a wall on one side of the stairs, rather than leaving both sides open, to separate the entry from the dining room. Also, gotta love a gallery wall up the stairs!
You can see how we opened up the entry to the family room, removed the tile, and added stairs. And we did take the walls completely down to the studs, it was the best way to see all the electrical going on inside the walls and get rid of all the thick wallpaper.
Entry view with closet removed, floors all one level, rock wall with mortar treatment and stairs to upper level and basement.
This room, right off the entry, is now our dining room. We put up a wall that now divides this large room into two. The far room will be our home office. In the dining room we added a fireplace, I prefer a fireplace in a room over a piece of furniture, adds value and ambiance! Below are our dining room ideas…
Dining Room Ideas-
- Bubble Light Fixture
- 72″ Round Dining Table– (this is another budget-friendly option)
- Dining Chairs– I looked at about 20 dining chairs! I really like these chairs because the front and the back are different. And we wanted to do a dining chair with a cushion, for extra comfort.
- Daybed– this is actually for our office, but looks cute here and might fit in that bay window.
- Fur Accent Pillow
- Fireplace Idea– I like the cement treatment
- Wallpaper– (that Is pricey, but great inspiration…so I will be looking for options, something with green! I like this option too)
- She Found Herself Art
- Glass Bookcase
View into the kitchen. We were able to raise the ceiling about a foot higher, you can tell if you look at the wood on the upper half. Also removed all the cabinets. Since the stairs were moved to the entry, that entrance to the basement will be covered.
Fireplace view with fireplace makeover, and built-in bookcase removed. We do want to do some type of bookcase on the side of the fireplace. And we are still unsure what we want to do on the ceiling. In-person the ceiling isn’t as orange, but I do want to lighten it…we would love to hear what you would do on the ceiling! We need to decide before the wood floor get’s installed.
Master bedroom looks so different just by taking down the window treatments! We are planning on leaving the brick wall, and painting the interior windows black.
This is the view as you walk up the stairs to the second floor.
Bedroom #1, look at that view!!!! We are building a window seat and a built-in desk on one side of the window and a bookcase on the other side.
Bedroom #2, similar to bedroom #1 and same gorgeous view.
The day after I took these photos they put the ceiling on! It has a darling pitched ceiling that we will add some shiplap to.
In the basement the biggest changes (besides the demo) were making the windows larger. This was at top of my list, good lighting is essential in a home! And the small windows weren’t to code, so they needed to be changed since we pulled a permit, to pass inspection they did need to be made larger. It cost us about $200 an hour to have the windows cut larger, and it took about 5 hours per window.
Next is to figure out this fireplace. I really like how our fireplace turned out upstairs, wouldn’t mind doing the same thing here.
And as you can see, a lot as been happening outside too! I will share an outdoor update soon!