Well y’all, Husband & I are putting our first home on the market tomorrow… and… I’m sad. We have known this day was coming for quite some time, but now that it is literally less than 24 hours away, I might just have a breakdown. With all the renovations, updates, maintenance, and hard work we have put in, we have really made this house into a home. Our home.
Looking back on the last (almost) five years, I’m thinking of all the good times of having family and friends over for BBQ’s and holiday parties, I’m remembering all the times our dogs would chase each other through the backyard and bringing me fun creatures as gifts, but most of all I’m thinking of my husband and all the loving memories we will forever hold in our hearts for this place.
In this house I have learned SO MUCH about homeownership! I feel so much braver, and more confident, to handle anything and everything that could possibly happen in a home. You see, for those of you who may not know me personally, my home is old. I mean real old. Built in 1920, you can only imagine all the small details that had been neglected for decades. Pipes busting under the house (unknowingly) and filling the crawlspace with 3-4 feet of water to where it almost comes up to our floorboards… yea, that happened. Seams in the flat roof that were not properly sealed which allowed heavy rains to flood into our living room through a ceiling beam… oh yes, it happened multiple times. Wood rotted windows, mold, remodeling 100 year old bathrooms… my list of craziness goes on and on, but I love that this home helped me grow into adulthood and has taught me to not be scared. In these situations, you just gotta take a deep breath and know that everything can be repaired and/ or replaced.
After the sadness of knowing my house will soon be sold to a new family, and after remembering all the good times (and bad), now comes the anxiety of the unknown. Will someone fall in love my house the way I did when I first saw it? Funny side story, when Husband and I first started dating, he brought me back to his hometown, which is where we currently live :), and he was driving me around this town showing me all the sights… and he took me around the lake with all the big fancy houses and when we drove by this one particular house (that was for sale at the time) I thought to myself, “I absolutely adore that house. I will live in that house one day.” And sure enough, that home is mine. But not for much longer… Anyway, back to my anxiety of the unknown… How long will it take to sell? How many strangers will be in my house at one time? How am I going to keep this place clean?!?!?!!?!?!!? <— that’s the big one.
But overall I am SO excited. I am so ready for a new adventure and new experiences. Obviously things won’t change drastically, it’s not like we are moving to a far away land… Husband does own a business here and what not. But I’m just ready for something different! Here’s to fresh new memories! Wish us luck! ;)
Oh.Em.Gee!! Ladies & gentlemen, the construction that has been going on for months has officially come to an end!
And I couldn’t be happier!
Well, obviously, I still need some window treatments and a few more accessories, BUT all the major things are complete! Yeeeee!!!
Some pics from Instagram:
I have already taken six baths in my claw foot tub from Waterworks. I’m obsessed with my sink which is custom. Marble top is the Renaissance Console from Stone Forest with Palmer sink legs. I used Carrara marble tiles (12×12 cut down to 12×3) on the floor in a herringbone pattern. The tile company I used was Akdo Carrara Bella (honed). And basic 3×6 white subway tiles on all walls. All water fixtures are Rohl Perrin & Rowe. I really like the exposed piping & valves. The custom shelving was done by a local carpenter. I think that’s about it! If you are curious about anything else just leave me a comment. :)
And just for giggles, here are the before pics:
While we were in California, we had our contractor go ahead and start demo on the master bath… and this is what we came home to:
Isn’t that a pretty sight? Oh the joys of construction…
It’s been about 2 weeks since these pictures were taken and since then we are making steady progress. The frame of the shower is in, tile has been ordered and should arrive next week, all fixtures have been delivered, floors are in, plumber has re-piped everything, electrician will be installing recessed lighting tomorrow followed up with inspection on Friday, inspection on plumbing takes place on Monday, etc… exciting stuff! Not.
Pray for me y’all! I would say we are barely half way done…
To be honest, the guest bathroom wasn’t horrifyingly bad to begin with. I mean, the bathtub & tile were original (gross)… and there was no shower… but besides those small details, most fixtures such as the sink & toilet had been updated at some point before we moved in. We just gave it a little boost in appearance and made it completely functional! I’m very happy with the way it turned out!
Master bath demo starts in two weeks!
P.S. a BIG “THANK YOU” goes out to one of my dear friends, Lea, who helped me pick out pretty much everything in both of my bathrooms. If anyone is looking to update their bathrooms I highly recommend going to her- she is the best!
For those who have been wondering, the guest bathroom is still a work in progress… We ran into a couple of problems (nothing major… except for a minor leak while updating the plumbing which eventually had water coming down through the ceiling into the living room) but no worries! When you have an older home you realize real quick that you need to have a great plaster/ ceiling guy on speed dial.
The bathtub is in. I was a little worried about it and you can read about why here, but as you can see in the picture below, the guys got the tub up the stairs peacefully, installed it, and leveled it. SO HAPPY! The tile work is done and the wainscoting is going up today and tomorrow. I think we are on our final stretch to the finish line! I still need to pick out some light fixtures, but other than that it’s good to go!
Next post will be the reveal of the guest bathroom! Then moving on to the master!