We just bought our 5th home in 12 years of marriage! Four of our homes were “fixer-uppers”. We really don’t intend on buying “fixers”, or buying and selling houses so often. It’s just always worked out that way for some reason or another. For anyone who doesn’t know, we lost our home in the Paradise Camp Fire 18 months ago today.
Our most recent home purchase was probably the smoothest sale we’ve ever experienced. Which was truly a gift from God because I was not in the right frame of mind for dealing with the stress that is usually involved in a real estate transaction. I think it’s because deciding to buy another house puts a proverbial nail in the coffin of losing our last house in the fire. I have been comparing everything we have looked at over the past 16 months to the house we lost. Absolutely nothing can compete with the memory I have of that house. And honestly, the house itself and the stuff inside it wasn’t all that great. But the memories that were held within its walls are priceless. The birthday parties, play dates, Thanksgiving dinners, marking the kids heights on the walls, stargazing on the back deck, jumping on the trampoline, planting a garden, chopping wood, watching wildlife, family Bible studies, baby showers, etc… etc… etc… Somehow the physical structure, and the things, and the memories, and the dreams all get tangled up in my head. They blend together and the emotions over one get attached to them all. Even though it might not be true, it feels like letting go of the house and buying another one is somehow going to dim the memories. Letting go is hard.
On top of that whole emotional roller coaster, we have been walking around with a big chip on our shoulders. Because we lost our home in the fire, we felt like we deserved a better house than the one we had before. We wanted a newer house, a bigger house, a bigger yard, a better view, you get the idea. The truth is, we are just like anyone else, we deserve what we can find in our price range… and that’s what we got… and it’s a bit of a “fixer”.
Now to be clear, I’m not talking about anything major. The house is structurally solid. It has been beautifully and lovingly cared for by its previous owners. We won’t be taking on any big construction projects. There are just a few aesthetic things that don’t fit exactly what we were looking for. It the upcoming weeks I’ll plan on showing you some before and after photos of our remodel projects. I’m sure we will learn many things along the way.
Our first project is removing a few kitchen cabinets to open up the space between the kitchen, family room and dinette. I just looked up the word “dinette” and it refers to a small space near the kitchen for informal dining. You see that? I learned something already!
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🏡 Have you ever done a house remodeling project? If so, what was it or which project was your favorite?
🏡 Do you have any tips or advice before we get started?