When I said that house hunting was not for the faint of heart, I really wasn’t kidding. We only looked for a month and a half, but rising interest rates combined with a completely insane market made that month and a half one of the most stressful times of my life! There were several days throughout the process where I was convinced that for one reason or another that we would never be able to get something we were excited about within our budget.
Luckily, we’re under contract on a great house, and have already been through the inspection and the appraisal with no deal breakers. Like most people with a budget, we had to make a few compromises, but all in all the great things about the house totally overshadow any negatives.
Now that the stressful part of the house hunt is behind us, I finally feel like I can take a deep breath and start dreaming, scheming, and planning the design of our new home! The house is much newer than I thought I would ever want, but it’s still an adorable two story craftsman. I think for 99% of people the home would be considered move in ready, but there is still a lot of work to do to make it feel updated and more like “us.” This will be the first time in our almost 6 years of marriage that we will have more than just one bedroom and bath.
Since I can’t share before photos until we close in April, I thought I would use this opportunity to share what projects we’re looking to complete on the house (which will translate into what I’m going to be sharing on the blog moving forward)!
Step one… Paint! We close on the house over a month before our apartment lease ends, which means we have plenty of time to paint the entire house top to bottom. Right now, the house is mostly a light green, with a few random rooms/halls that are a bright teal. There is also one room that has an unfortunate shade of yellow-green on all of the trim. Right now, the plan is to paint pretty much everything white, with the exception of the master bedroom, which I’m hoping will be a cozy, dark gray. We’ll see how long those ideas stick once I get some swatches on the walls!
Step two, remove the carpet from the stairs. I wish step two was removing the carpet upstairs altogether, but unfortunately that won’t be in our budget right away. We are planning on doing a little stair make-over that I’m hoping will be made easier by some online tutorials that I found.
Step three will be replacing light fixtures. Right now, all of the light fixtures in the house are weird, builder grade fixtures that I can’t stand to look at (including the dreaded “boob” lights). Those will be coming out as soon as I can find some inexpensive, modern flush mounts that work well with the aesthetic I’m envisioning for the house.
Steps four through about 85 includes everything from buying larger rugs and dining room furniture to basically gutting the builder-grade bathrooms, updating the fireplace, installing new organization systems in the closets, revamping the back-yard, and eventually gutting the kitchen! Despite all of the work, I’m so excited about finding frugal ways to make the house feel like home at every step in the process.
Is there anything else you would like me to share as I dive into home ownership? Spill!