So I’ve been a little MIA here on the blog lately because we have just had so much going on! We closed on a new house this past Friday and it all seems sort of surreal. We had been looking for a new home for months and nothing seemed right. Either the house was just right, but the lot backed up to too many neighbors (we like our privacy)…….the lot and location were fantastic, but the house wasn’t what we wanted (too cookie cutter, too outdated, etc). We were starting to wonder if we would ever find ‘the house’.
I said from the beginning of house hunting that I wanted a ‘move-in ready’ home. We had put so much time, effort and money into renovating the cottage, which was lots of fun before having kids, but at this point in our life, I knew we couldn’t handle doing a renovation on our own. Then I got the idea in my head that maybe we could try to find a house that was below our budget and hire someone to renovate the inside and make it our own.
We had seen this foreclosure online when we started looking, but never went to visit since it looked like WAY too much work on the inside. We absolutely loved the outside, but feared the inside. So with this new idea in our head of renovating, we set up an appointment to check out this foreclosure. The house had a lot of issues, one being that it looked to have water damage down in the finished basement and was just extremely ugly and outdated. But my husband and I saw the potential, we both had a vision of what this house could be. Not to mention that the neighborhood was gorgeous, the schools were wonderful, the lot was private and the house was on almost two acres (that’s my husband in the first picture standing in the backyard)!!
We brought in a preliminary inspector to decide if we wanted to move forward, and based on his findings, we started down the path to purchasing this foreclosure. It turned out this was not an easy task. I won’t go into all the details of the purchasing process of a foreclosure (or this specific foreclosure through this weird online website), but let’s just say that unless you really, really, REALLY want that house, it’s probably not worth the headache. But we wanted it. Like, REALLY wanted it! And Friday, it became ours.
Photos via @thecottagemama Instagram
(Renovation Day 2)
We had met with several custom builders prior to closing to discuss renovations and ended up choosing the same builder that built my in-laws home. He is wonderful and, from the day we closed, he hit the ground running. I went over to the house Saturday and by Tuesday (pictures above) I barely recognized the place and by today (pictures below) was even more blown away by the amount of work that has been accomplished.
Renovation Day 4
(ps: toilets and fridge are not staying)
The house needs it all………I’m not even going to list it all, but it’s pretty much going to be a new home once all is said in done. The renovation should take about three months. And while it would be wonderful to have our current house sold, we feel blessed to have somewhere to live for the time being. I feel that God is looking out for us and will bring us a buyer so the timing will work out so we close when our new home is ready.
A handful of cabinet color samples
This is all so very exciting for us and I’m looking forward to sharing some of the before and after shots with you all and some of the in between as well. We are onto picking the exterior paint colors and meeting with the cabinet maker tomorrow.
Thanks for sticking around and reading The Cottage Mama. I don’t pop in as often as I’d like, but you know how life goes with four kids……….
Have you ever done a major home renovation? Remodeled a kitchen or bath? If you have any advice for me, I’d be so grateful for you to leave me a comment and share your wisdom.