Home Reno Part One
Hey Everyone! I know some people wanted to see the transformation of our new home so I thought I should share it here :)
Last spring we made the decision to move our little clan back out to my wife's hometown in Forestville. All at the same time I bought an Airstream for my business store, we adopted our three children and I started a new job ( YIKES). Talk about overwhelmed.
At first this wasn't the ideal house we were "looking for"...what we wanted was a 1920's farmhouse to be exact ..... but this was exactly the house for us. Our kids were getting restless in the city and couldn't wait to breath the country air ( we couldn't wait either).
From the outside we weren't convinced at first but as soon as we saw the inside we saw the potential of our dream home. Amber and I both knew we were going to buy it the first day we looked at it. It was a foreclosure so that was a little scary to take in. The house hadn't been lived in for 7 or 8 years so that come with some issues. We had to Reno EVERYTHING except the Sheetrock. Every single floor was replaced, the kitchen was demo'd.... The wall paper ( UGHHHHH, I still have nightmares). Also many things we didn't even consider since this was really the first experience we had ever done like this. We had no hot water for the first few months while we were working on the house because the vacancy had done some damage to the water system and we needed to get the well tested. We ended up having to purchase a water filtration system which wasn't planned for ($3,500.00 YIKES). We also had to replace our furnace and do some repair on our water heater.
The kitchen didn't look that bad when we got started and we thought we would be able to salvage the cabinets and paint them but the deeper we got into them they were more work to fix up than it was to go to home depot and buy in stock ones. We luckily were able to save most of the uppers and just paint them.
The main living area is one large kitchen living room combo. This was one of the main selling points for us to buy this home We could see so much potential and it was the open concept we have been looking for! It is so open and welcoming and huge! The ONLY downfall of this is the openness and high ceilings make it hard to heat in the winter.
This was one of the rooms that we gutted everything. The sink was not functional and gross and the nasty bathroom carpet had to go. We were able to salvage the tub shower with some cleaning up and replacing the shower head etc. I loved this room because I have never had a master bathroom and we have been living as a family of 5 with one bathroom forever... It is amazing to have 2 bathrooms! ( You will love this transformation) and the door you see actually isn't there anymore we decided to make this a true master and have the only entrance from our bedroom.
This was the before of the master bedroom. When we saw it for the first time... we were concerned. It was small and we weren't sure we would be able to fit all of our furniture in it and our hopes for a king size bed went out the window. Now that we live here its perfect and beautiful and less to clean.
One of the other hurdles we had was a HUGE FULL SIZE second home on the property
This was a falling down eye sore when we bought the place and it needed to be taken down. This was obviously a much larger project than we could handle ourselves so we called in professionals for this one ;)
That was a huge project done and we have come so far since this! Our property also came with 120 foot pond that has not been taken care of in 10 years! The pond is still a work in progress. It is in the process of getting a new cute white fence. I knew it was time when my kids thought snow fences were "actual fences" in peoples yard ha ha ha.
Another big need I had was a studio space to run my business from so we converted a portion of our garage to that which worked out perfectly! This was the before.
This was a crazy journey for sure and Amber and our families helped us so much with the renovation. I will be doing the after posts very soon!