To be honest, this post has been sitting in draft mode for weeks. If you’ve followed my blog you know that I really kicked it my DIY posts into gear when I began renovating this house. This house was a 1960’s original mess that we modernized and made bright and cheery. While it was never featured in a magazine, I strived to make it beautiful and comfortable for my growing family. We had plans to renovate bathrooms and possibly add on in the future- but something kept stopping us.
And then a home buying opportunity came along.
Admittedly, I began looking a good 45 minutes away from where we live now, houses with a view of a lake and houses that didn’t need any work done. Then, a house came up for sale on a street that I’ve always loved and one in which houses RARELY get listed. I started calling it the ‘hill house’. When the hill house came on the market, P really wanted it. We switched gears and put in an aggressive offer. After some tense emails and a Friday in which I had to get a large check cut in the course of a few hours (on a Friday before the close of business) it was ours. That’s not to say it was easy and I wasn’t fearful of the change and new schools and new neighbors. There is still so much “what if” going through my head but I knew it was time to take the leap.
And now we find ourselves back in renovation mode, picking textures and surfaces, lights and hardware. This house needs renovation, and it will be a bigger reno then the one we had in our beachy cottage. We still have a few weeks before we actually move in and our contractor has projects moving along at a brisk pace. It was a bank owned property that had been empty for at least a year so there is a ton of cleanup. And since it sits at the bottom of a range of foothills, there are critters and animals to be aware of.
It will be so hard to say goodbye to this house. It was the house that we brought Kiki home to, the house we’ve watched A blossom in, the house that we dramatically changed so it would reflect our own style.
Yes, I’m scared. Yes, I’m fucking excited.
It’s been one heck of a ride.