Updated: Dec 15, 2020
So often this is the case. Maybe you really like the area you are in but the house needs so much work OR just doesn't fit your family anymore. Or maybe it has a roofline that cannot be cute, or ...... you get the picture!
Well I have a little story to tell...
We purchased our home in the spring of 2006 solely because it was in the exact location we wanted to live. Definitely NOT because we loved the home. It was nothing to look at. And I mean NOTHING. This one level, 1958 home had an awful peach colored brick covering most of the front. What wasn't brick was painted a horrible yellow. Or maybe it wasn't horrible but it looked awful with the brick. It had been added on to on both ends resulting in one, very long, single level home.
Front drive in view
Rear parking view
Sorry the photos are not great. This is before digital photos
for me so a picture of a picture will have to suffice.
When we went to look at it, we fell in love with the area. Quiet, peaceful, surrounded by farmland, with plenty of room for our three young boys to roam, AND only a 6 minute drive to the grocery store. Also it was in the school boundary that we really wanted our 5 year old to start kindergarten in. We were young and energetic with so many ideas on what to do to make the home presentable.
I haven't regretted the decision to purchase it one time! I love where I live! We gutted the kitchen and got new cabinets before we even moved in. Then scrubbed and painted and worked to get it to feel more like our home. We lived in it like this for 9 years.
If you look closely at the pictures you can see that we painted the exterior, added shutters and completely re-did the flower beds and gardens. But soon our family just outgrew it!
We had pondered and considered what we could do to remodel our beloved home to better fit our growing family AND help the roofline but financially, we couldn't even think of what we really wanted to do.
Finally, when the time was right, (in 2015), it all just came together in our heads. Out came the sketch pad and pencil and I began drawing. We knew a local builder whom, had excellent craftsmanship and taste. So we hired him to draw the plans and frame our home. We built an apartment area in our shop and moved our (now seven children) and ourselves out during the process.
And then the demolition began and there was NO turning back!
Things finally beginning to take shape! This was such an exciting part of the journey!
Five months later we were able to move back into our home! We are so happy with how it turned out. I'm adding some current photos so you can see the finished product!
So, as you can see... With a little creativity and brainwork, and a lot of hard work, you too can transform your current home into exactly what you've dreamed of! Of course this may not work in every situation but it just might in yours. Do you need some help with the vision? Or maybe with the sketching? Or maybe the whole process!? Give us a call! We can help with every step of the way! Head over to our services page and get it scheduled!
These two photos were taken from the same angle.
I was given a tip from a valuable source about adding my own photos to my posts instead of generic photos. So I am hoping to get better about taking and sharing my own pictures. I love feedback so pretty please, leave me a comment below. Let me know what you think!