We bought a house! We’re moving. Yet again.
We live on a circle – not in the middle of the circle, but on the straight part right before it turns into a circle. Our house is a tri-level.
About a year ago, I mentioned to Jeff that if 1 of the 2 ranch-style houses in the circle ever became available, I’d be really tempted to consider them. I hadn’t ever been inside of either them. I’ve just always wanted a ranch or a 2-story as I really dislike the tri-level floor plan. But I love, love, love our location for lots of reasons. Jeff laughed as he considers this house “our house for the next 20 years or so” house. Til the kids are grown and mostly gone and we’re ready for a smaller house.
A couple of weeks ago, I was on a walk with the oldest 2 boys and met a neighbor. Seems he was back up from Florida to get the house ready to sell. We hadn’t ever met him as his daughter was living there with her son and her boyfriend while Mom & Dad were ‘trying out’ Florida to see if they wanted to retire there. Answer: Yes, they do want to retire there and No, daughter can’t afford to buy the house. Hence, time to fix ‘er up and sell her.
Not thinking that Jeff would ever really go for moving, I still mentioned it to him in case he knew someone who was looking. If it couldn’t benefit us, at least it could benefit someone else that we know, right? We still had never been inside.
Needless to say, my husband really loves me and he suggested that we knock on their door and see if we could get a tour. So, Jeff did. The owner was surprised, but gave Jeff a tour. Jeff came back and said that I should go see it. So I did.
Great house! Jeff told him that we were interested and the man gave us an “as is” price. Meaning: that he was going to stop all work on it, not list it with a realtor and they’d just be done with it all. It was a great price (at least $15K less than we were expecting) and we said “DONE!”
It is a 3-bedroom ranch, but the basement is completely unfinished, giving us a blank slate for the future. It does need work, but nothing major like no holes in the floor or mold or leaky pipes. It will look much updated once we remove all the wallpaper, give it some fresh paint and new carpet. The biggest “needs to happen” change is in the master bathroom. It isn’t unlivable, but it really shows its age and the wallpaper is already off on part of the walls.
We do plan to do some major changes, but that’s mostly because we want to. We would not have to in order to live there.
- Master Bathroom – We’ll make it pretty much all new. Nothing fancy, but a new shower surround, new laminate floor, new toilet, remove the ‘already-half-gone’ wallpaper, paint the walls, paint or stain the existing vanity and fix the mirror. There’s another bathroom that we can use in the meantime.
- New Paint & Carpet – It’s soooo much easier to paint and install new carpet when there isn’t any furniture to navigate around. There’s wallpaper borders to remove in the kids’ bedrooms and then we’ll paint the walls and put down new carpet (existing carpet is pink…okay, maroon.)
- Make a mancave – In reality, it’ll be a bedroom, but it’ll really function as Jeff’s mancave. But we’ll carve off a section of the basement, convert the existing windows to conforming windows and frame out a bedroom. Nothing fancy, but it will be a place for Jeff to retreat to while making the rest of the unfinished basement a good place for kids to ride their Big Wheels in the winter! In several years, there’s another great spot for another bedroom (if we want it) or we’ll finish it off by installing a bathroom and a great room.
- Combine the dining room & kitchen – The house has a kitchen large enough to fit a table, but it also has a dining room. Current plans are to remove the wall between the kitchen & dining room to make one big huge kitchen area. The concern is that we might not be able to move the plumbing to where we want the sink to be.
I hope to/want to/plan to/would love to post pictures of this progress as I wish I would have with the house we’re currently in. It’s fun to remember the before when you’re living the after!