The Remodeling of Our Not-So-Forever Home
We had lived in this house for ten years with just minor updates while we worked on paying off major college debt and making double house payments. In the meantime, we had two boys who kept us plenty busy.
In 2012, we finally embarked on our long awaited dream remodel. We loved this house and poured our hearts and souls into making it our dream “forever” home; however, a year after it was completed we realized we had the perfect house in an imperfect neighborhood. The street in front of our house was a cut-through street and it became very busy. A large, pedestrian shopping center about 2 miles down the road had grown tremendously and traffic was unbearable at certain times of day. Most importantly, there weren’t any kids in the neighborhood for our boys to play with. I wanted our boys to have the kind of neighborhood I grew up in. The kind where there were tons of kids roaming free and they didn’t have to worry about traffic. I wanted spontaneous playdates and not something that was arranged when little Johnny didn’t have soccer practice followed by music or karate. I wanted a normal 1980’s childhood for my kids, and that, my friends, is why we left our dream home. If we could have picked our house up and moved it to a different neighborhood, then that’s what we would have done.
The first day our house was on the market was a very cold and rainy Saturday in January. We had FIVE offers which went into counteroffers and that was unheard of at the time. Look for my upcoming post on how we sold our house in one day.
I hope you enjoy the tour of our “Not-S0-Forever” home. If you click on a picture it will take you to a slideshow with larger pictures to view.