Tuesday, October 2, 2012

House Progress

As I talked about a couple months ago, with the interest rates being as low as they are, we have played with the idea of moving into a larger house that would accommodate a large family of teens. We did a little looking and just felt like we liked our house better than anything we saw. I did a bunch of contractor quotes and it turns out that it is a lot cheaper for us to finish some space as well. Win/ win! Well, after 4 months of conversations and planning we have kicked-off.

I thought I would give a little update into how the house is progressing. We are doing two projects at the same time as to disrupt our life as little as possible. Call it inertia- but it's almost easier for us if we just do it in one effort versus dragging it out over time. That said, we are going to be staying at my in-laws during part of this so that we aren’t trying to limp along without a water heater or other pleasantries.

Project 1: Finish the basement. I would like to keep working from home from time to time and we would like a way to have the kids home during the day at some point as well. (A nanny would bring us a substantial quality of life improvement and at 3 kids it’s a break-even). Goals: add a bathroom so that I am not up and down the stairs all day (and reminding the kids that I am there)—create a family room (this makes it easier to have our current family room serve as a play area), and 2 bedrooms.
This would make our house 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms—not a whole lot of square feet overall, but hopefully we are smart enough with the layout that it will work for the kids as they grow.

Here are the before shots (these are from when we moved in)

Project 2: We haven’t kicked this off yet, but we are hoping to bring more flow into our upstairs layout and better sight lines. Currently our main family room and kid play area is in a room where we need to walk down a hallway to have visibility into what the kids are doing. We also want to create a half wall by the stairs so that the awesome new basement seems more inviting.  Pictures pending !

We are stoked about this—I can’t wait to see it all finished!

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