Today, I am thankful for the house that has become our home.
When my husband bought this house back in 2004, we were not together yet. It was his first leap into homeownership and moving out of the city! When he bought it, it was in desperate need of some TLC but it had all the requirements that he had on his list. It was out of the city, had acreage, had plenty of garage space and no one (meaning a HOA) would tell him what he could park in his own driveway. Well – that last requirement was good until I came along and panicked over the amount of vehicles one man had… but that is another story for another time.
Apparently, the house was one big overgrown mess outside. I have heard horror stories about the weeds, bushes, trees that had to be cleared out and cleaned up. Not to mention the previous owners felt that burying 5 gallon buckets and tires around the property was acceptable. Ugh. Almost ten years later and I still come across one or the other when I am working in a new part of the property.
By the time I came around in 2006 – the outside wasn’t too shabby, just your typical bachelor pad. It needed work here and there but for sure was an improvement upon what it was like when he moved in. But the inside was a whole different story…
P-Nut hadn’t touched the inside and as your typical bachelor, he wasn’t worried about the maroon carpet, or the lavender walls… and yes, that was all in the same room. It was HORRIBLE people. Wallpaper… it was EVERYWHERE. Blech. It was a bad deal. As you can imagine when I moved in, I moved in with a lot of work to do on the inside.
The structure of the house was great and there wasn’t any major issues to mess with, thank goodness! It was just that the décor of the previous owner was probably the worst I had ever seen. I should have taken before pictures. ALWAYS take before pictures so you can look back!! That was one of the lessons I have learned thru all this!
Since the moment I moved in, we have painted everything, remodeled a bathroom & laundry room, new carpet everywhere, upgraded plumbing, updated lighting, refinished the outside porches, added love – in the form of JUNK to decorate the home to our personalities AND this year – had new siding/roof put on the house.
Side Note: You are officially old when the thought of having new siding and a new roof is equivalent to winning the lottery.
We have slowly ticked away at all the things needed to improve the look and quality of our home. It hasn’t been overnight – that is for sure. But it has paid off!! Usually every Fall I have a list of things I want to get done outside before Winter officially hits… this is the FIRST year that I haven’t had anything to put on my list!! P-Nut was pretty happy about that.
Back in June, we tossed around the idea of moving. Maybe getting something that was a little bigger, that didn’t share a driveway, that had a few of the things our house now doesn’t have. We had a realtor come out, look at the house and talk to us about our options. She even brought us listings that met the criteria of what we might be looking for. We showed her the house, looked over the listings she brought but were still undecided on what to do.
During that time, I was at my booth in Salvage Sisters and one of the other vendors was working. She asked what I had been up too and I started to tell her about possibly selling our house, explaining all the reasons but told her we just couldn’t make the final leap to list it. She proceeded to tell me that her and her husband had bought a big house years ago to raise their kids and it was one of the decisions she has always regretted. When I asked why, she said because they never saw their kids. One kid would be in one end of the house, another at the other end and only seeing each other when they passed in the hallway. She said if she could do it over again, she would have a small house where everyone is together – less room to spread out across. Not sure her kids would feel that same way :), but I understood completely.
It made sense the more I thought about it that day. I grew up in what I would call a ’normal’ sized home and so did my husband – and we turned out okay. But in todays world – it’s all about bigger is better. I wanted a bigger house so if we do have kids, there would be room for everyone. But really – there is plenty of room in our house. We can make adjustments to create more living space and still be comfortable. And besides – we have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into working on this house – I’m just not ready to give it up yet. It is his first house, my first house and one that we have fixed up together and made our home.
A bigger home only means bigger problems and starting all over. Most of the listings we looked at needed everything we had already done to this house. Carpet, paint, updated fixtures, etc… No thanks! So we made the official decision to stay and I am couldn’t be happier with that decision. Plus the thought of starting all over and moving, just really gives me a headache!
So today, I am thankful for our home. A place, that for a long time, I didn’t truly appreciate until recently.
**Thankfully we were lucky that only a few limbs and outdoor decorations were damaged in yesterdays storms. That was not the case though for many others in communities around Indiana and Illinois. Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.