I have been debating for the last, oh- 6 years or so (the entire length of time owning our home), on whether or not to make our current home our forever home or make plans to build a forever home, somewhere on our family land.
My family – grandparents, parents, sister and family, and other distant family – live on a large 100 acre piece of land that my great-grandfather used to cotton farm on, nearly 100 years ago. He leased the land for many years and then decided to purchase it at some point. Most all of the 100 acres have stayed with my family, but some of the road frontages have been sold by my father’s aunts for various reasons over the years.
It is my lifelong goal to live here forever. No matter what kind of home I live in.
We can get more into why, later on. But, living here is a bit of a challenge, due to the fact that there was only one available house on the entire acreage at the time that I moved back here after living in Raleigh NC for 6-ish years, after high school.
The house I speak of is the one I live in today. The home I spent about 14-ish years of my life in. It is a 30 year old modular home.
At the time of moving back “home”, it had been a rental house for about 10 years. (My parents built their forever home when I was 14.) It needed SO much work done but my sister and I lived there, together, doing the bare minimum work it needed, until she got married, 10 months later.
At that time, I lived there alone, until I got married, 3 months later.
My husband and I decided to purchase the home, for lack of anything better to do, home-wise. We weren’t ready to build our forever home. I despised the thought of moving even 2 miles away from “home”. So, we purchased the modular one year after we married and began doing some pretty serious remodeling.
The problem? We ONLY remodeled the things that were necessary. No frills, no cute furniture. No awesome-ness.
Well. We did get a pretty awesome chocolate brown metal roof, new pistachio green siding (it’s really pretty- don’t judge), and hardwood floors in the living room, luxury tile in the kitchen, and put a coat of paint on everything that had a surface.
It did it’s job and I was content. For about a year.
Then I started dreaming up all these gorgeous house plans in my head.
I wanted a new house.
One that I designed. One that I put together.
Now, don’t get me wrong here. I wanted a new house that wasn’t a custom built home. (Whattt?) I was old enough to remember my parents and aunt and uncle going through the toughest times building their custom homes. They’re gorgeous – I mean, magazine gorgeous- but they really went through the wringer to get them there.
You have to pick out every single detail. Every last one. I am too visual to choose something in hopes that it looks good. What happens if the faucets in the bathroom clash with the light fixtures? Nothing- they’re already installed and paid for. You’re stuck.
I can’t handle that. SO for the past 3 years I’ve been thinking. What if we take our current home (the ranch style modular) and turn it into the home of our dreams? Build on, re-arrange, renovate EVERYTHING that has a purpose?!
Well, almost one year ago, we made the decision. We have decided to make our current home our new house. We started (like total idiots) this summer, when we found out my husband’s annual, Saturday after Thanksgiving, family pig pickin was being moved to our house – for various reasons.
Lots of out of town guests come and stay the weekend with, normally, his parents (who can accommodate 21 people comfortably)
We redid the bathrooms- new floors, new paint, new countertops, sinks, and toilets, We remodeled the living room, dining room, and kitchen ceiling. Had the walls painted in each room, (it’s an open floor plan so we had to do all three at the same time), redid the countertops in the kitchen, got a new TV, WHEW.
It was a serious job that was finished up, literally, on Thanksgiving evening, right before a few of our weekend guests starting arriving for Thanksgiving DINNER. Yes, we are crazy. I truly believe it.
Anyway. Here is the final product of the living room:
This was, of course, back in the fall. I will take updated photos that have a bit better lighting next!
So anyway. Hope you’ve enjoyed this little look into the progress of remodeling a home. I have big plans. BIG plans.
Next post, I’ll share them with you!
Talk to you soon!