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FAQ: Did I Have Imaginative and prescient For Our Home When We Purchased It?


This week, I’ve been sharing a pictorial walk-through of our home, evaluating the images that I took on the day we had been handed the keys in August 2013, and displaying what these views appear to be at present. For those who’ve missed these posts, you’ll find them right here:

I hope to have Half 3 (the ultimate publish for now) up tomorrow if I can get all of my photographs prepared in time. If not, it might be Monday.

A recurring query that a number of of you’ve got requested on these house tour 2013 vs. 2022 posts is, “Once you purchased the home, did you already envision what it’s at present?”

The brief reply is, “No!” In reality, these of you who’ve been round right here the longest will in all probability snort at that query, as you’ve seen me battle with concepts, check out totally different preparations, and determine issues out as I went alongside. It has positively been a course of.

The primary time I walked via the home, I didn’t have any concept what I’d do with it. However for some motive, I knew it could possibly be lovely. All the pieces about the home that appeared terrible was simply beauty — the previous drywall, carpet, polystyrene ceiling tiles, toilet tiles, fixtures, cupboards. I knew these may all be stripped away and changed with new and up to date supplies. I knew as soon as all of that was achieved, it may and can be lovely (to me).

What actually drew me to this property was the one acre of land that the home sits on. It’s fairly unusual to search out lots this massive inside the metropolis limits, so when this chance got here alongside, I wished to leap on it. And my thought was, “The lot comes with this home, so I’ll simply should take advantage of it.”

Even on the day that we closed on the home, and I used to be lastly handed the keys, I had no concept what I’d do with the precise home. I nonetheless felt assured that I may do one thing with it, however I knew it could stretch my DIY abilities far past what I knew myself to be able to at that second. That half terrified me and excited me on the identical time.

However let’s face it. When the entrance of the home appears to be like like this…

…that may be extremely formidable to a DIYer whose most intensive undertaking up to now had been making some new cupboard doorways for a loo makeover, utilizing inventory cupboards to show right into a front room bookcase, and putting in butcherblock counter tops in a tiny apartment kitchen.

On the time, I had no concept what could possibly be achieved with this entrance porch. Or the ramp. Or these concrete steps. Or the vinyl siding. Or the previous home windows. Or the 2 entrance doorways. I figured that the one option to get the entrance exterior wanting respectable was to rent a contractor to utterly redo the entire thing.

A few of you long-time readers could keep in mind once I was considering totally different designs for the entrance of the home — designs that might positively require the work of pros to perform.

That also is perhaps a chance at some point (I nonetheless love the way in which that appears), however within the meantime, my DIY abilities and confidence nice to the purpose that I knew I may make some vital modifications to the entrance porch space to present it new life. I realized learn how to beef up the posts and make them look extra like columns. I realized learn how to construct the entrance steps. And I realized learn how to cowl over a concrete porch with wooden.

Hopefully sooner or later this spring or summer time, I can be taught learn how to end putting in a pretend stone skirting to the remainder of the concrete. 😀 That undertaking has been partially completed for about three years now, so I suppose it’s about time to revisit it and end it. 😀

Additionally, I had initially thought that we’d should have a wheelchair ramp within the entrance for Matt, however I knew that the prevailing one was far too steep and harmful. That plan for the proper wheelchair ramp within the again, the place there was loads of room to make it lengthy sufficient with the proper (and secure) pitch, was solely made doable after we determined to transform the storage into my studio.

Once we purchased the home, the concept of that conversion hadn’t even dawned on both of us. We naturally thought that the storage would stay the storage, probably with one aspect getting used as my workshop the place I exploit my instruments. I knew it could want some work, like wider storage doorways and new concrete for the reason that current concrete was cracked and unlevel.

The concept of changing that storage into precise indoor house didn’t come alongside till 4 years after we purchased the home. Now if I can simply get all of these cupboards constructed, I can get my issues out of bins and have an environment friendly workspace. Hopefully this 12 months I can get to work on the entire cupboards I’ve deliberate for this room.

Ikea Pax wardrobes for builtins in studio - entrance wall

The kitchen was the primary room of the home that I reworked (as in, tore right down to the studs and rebuilt). And I took on that transform in 2014, the 12 months after we purchased the home. However for that first 12 months, I nonetheless thought that I may probably reuse and rearrange the unique cupboards.

That is certainly one of many photographs I took as I used to be testing out totally different preparations within the kitchen.

Do you even acknowledge that angle? 😀 If not, let me allow you to out. That appears like this at present…

Yeah, I had no concept what I used to be doing on the time. 😀 I keep in mind making an attempt to salvage the drywall on the ceiling as a result of I used to be afraid of taking it down. Sure…afraid. It wasn’t the drywall that I used to be afraid of. It was the attic. I don’t know why, however I had an precise worry of the attic, and the concept of getting the attic uncovered by eradicating drywall almost introduced me to tears.

Even in the course of the unique transform, I hadn’t even thought of opening up the kitchen to the lounge. That was one other concept that developed over time. Right here’s what that very same view appeared like after the unique transform…

After which who can overlook the circa 2016 “front room to eating room and again to front room” fiasco? 😀 I had the not-so sensible concept of turning the lounge right into a eating room, and proceeded so as to add a ton of image body molding to the room of our home that had probably the most doorways and home windows of any of the rooms. It’s was ill-conceived from starting to finish.

Fortunately, in November 2016, I lastly gave up making an attempt to shove a sq. peg right into a spherical gap, and determined to show it again right into a front room. And my goodness, am I glad that I made that call!

I’m certain I may go on and on with far more examples than you’d think about, however for sure, I had completely no concept what I wished to do with this home after we had been handed the keys. I had no imaginative and prescient for it, and I definitely may by no means have imagined what it could truly flip into. It has been one thing that has developed through the years. And in a approach, that’s good. As our wants have modified, our plans have modified. As my style in decor has modified, my plans have modified. And there’s nothing in any respect fallacious with that.

So if you happen to’re shopping for a home, and also you wish to deal with a fixer higher, simply know that it’s completely okay if you happen to don’t have an entire imaginative and prescient for what it’s going to appear to be when it’s achieved. You may let that evolve over time, as you reside in the home and determine what works for you, what doesn’t be just right for you, and the way you need the home to look. That may take time, and that’s okay.

For the file, if I had been to purchase a fixer higher at present, I’d positively have extra imaginative and prescient from the get go about what the home may develop into. I’ve realized a lot during the last eight years. I’ve grown tremendously in my DIY abilities from the place I used to be eight years in the past. I’ve realized a ton of latest info, labored with an amazing contractor on a few my very own tasks, grown in my data about building, and are available to a greater understanding of what the probabilities are when strolling via a home that wants updating. Possibly I’ll get to deal with a fixer higher/flip sometime sooner or later. That may be enjoyable!

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