Have you seen the show? It centers around a family whose current home isn’t ideal, so they are either going to renovate their current home or buy a different one.
It’s mildly entertaining, although I sincerely dislike the drama that happens every episode when they “happen” to hit a snag. Didn’t they plan for snags when they started? Is there a need to be so crazily dramatic over a change in plans?
Nathan and I are in a “Love it or List it” dilemma, another big decision that’s been eating up a lot of our free time (and preventing me from blogging often!). We like our house very much. It suits our needs well, although there are definitely a few things we would change (Like: We don’t have a sink in our laundry room! Weird.). It’s a 3,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms (3 up, one in basement), 4 bath two story with a look-out basement.
We have had our eye on the Northfield market for a while, knowing that we want to make Northfield our permanent home. We are a little more serious now that we are considering #2 at some point. We haven’t seen anything existing that fits exactly what we are looking for, and after touring a new model home, we toured the other build-able lots near the model. The best lot – in our opinion – was still open, and because we could put a 30-day hold on it without penalty, we decided to. That would give us time to weigh our options.
Our current house:
Great flat lot – great for playing catch, fetch, soccer
Close to a park
It’s always cheaper to stay put (and moving is a real hassle)
We’ve put so much work into it!
|The “Great Room” when we bought it
|We’ve done so much work to this house! Hard to leave those memories!
I love our landscaping that Amy Olson at Scenic Spaces (also super speedy TNC masters athlete!) did for us 2 years ago! Nate tells me we can re-hire her at the new place 🙂
|It’s stunning now that it’s had a few years to grow in!
|Landscaping at the corner.
|LOVE this paver entry sidewalk!
|Again, so many fun changes!
-Larger kitchen that looks into the great room, informal dining room bump-out.
|Current kitchen set-up. Informal dining space right where I’m standing to take the picture.
|After the informal space, the “Great Room”. Usually sunnier/lighter – bad time of day for a picture.
|One Parade home we really liked. Love the big windows and fireplace with TV above the mantle in this “Great Room”
|Same house as above. The kitchen looks into the great room, with a bump out for an informal dining room.
The realtor was pumped to pose for a picture 🙂
|Downstairs of same house
-Large laundry room with a sink and room to iron (ours is tiny) – and maybe a quilting station!!! AHH, that would be amazing! 🙂
|Laundry – with a sink!
|There’s something I love about this laundry room. Can’t quite put my finger on it!
-Specific workout room with higher ceilings and gym-material flooring. We are using the downstairs bedroom as a gym – works okay, but the duct work splits the ceiling making it harder for Nathan to run/do pull-ups/to tall-person stuff.
-STORAGE!!! Our home has so little and now that Greta is outgrowing some of her big infant toys, we are struggling to find places to store them. We hauled a load down to my parents last month. I imagining we will only need more storage space as she gets older?
-4 bedrooms + Exercise room would be ideal. Right now we have 4 bedrooms. Ideal: Master, 2 Kiddo rooms, Spare bedroom (could be kiddo #3 if we decided to be really crazy…).
-Energy efficient – the house we were in was built nicely, but they cut corners. As in, our fireplaces aren’t insulated so the heat inside of our house escapes so easily in the winter. Argh. Why cut corners when it comes to energy efficiency?
-Space efficient – making sure that what we build is functional and useful.
|Example: Our master. We’d build something smaller, as there is a lot of space between the bed and the door that is sort of “wasted”.
-A little more privacy. Our lot is nice, but it butts up right to our neighbors. The castle house looms above us atop the backyard hill.
-Quilting area/nook. Maybe a part of the laundry room, maybe a little nook somewhere.
Love it: Keep Our House
If we did this, I think I’d want to add on to our laundry room and remodel our bathroom (take out tub, make walk-in tiled shower). Price tag: ?? We wouldn’t get a return for our money, likely making our home over-priced for the neighborhood.
List It: Build:
– The lot is in a cul-de-sac and our lot backs up to “city park land”, basically trees and brush that a river winds through. It’s a pretty awesome backdrop, very private feeling, but yet right in town. There won’t be a lot like this available in the next 5+ years, per our realtor.
-Obviously a lot of decisions and stress. But, if we are to do it at some point in our lives, now might be best while we just have Greta, I have a fairly flexible lower-stress job (vs. anything corporate), etc.
-But then I think, do we know *exactly* what we want? I look through pictures of kitchens and think: ohhh! Then I see the next one: ahhh! It’s like I’m watching the fireworks on the 4th of July. Each one is brilliant. And what if #2 becomes #2 AND #3, at one time? Is it smarter to wait until we know our exact family/kid needs?
-We’ve crunched the numbers and for the house we would like to build (3500-4000 sq ft), we would be increasing our monthly payments by $500/month. Granted, our current payment is very affordable – but $500/month is still $500/month, irregardless of the starting point.
One comment on another blog post has stuck with me: Everyone always wants a bigger house with kids. They think more space, more rooms, and larger spaces are better. What we’ve found is that a 1200 sq. ft. ranch style home is best. There is minimal upkeep, and we can spend so much more on experiences with our kids. Kids don’t care about a house. They remember doing things. Experiences.
The new mortgage payment wouldn’t strap us at all, but that comment still sticks with me. Building would be great, all of these spaces custom to us would be a lot of fun, but they aren’t necessary. They’re a want, not a need.
I grew up with Mom and Dad teaching me very clearly to differentiate between the two. But now it has me stuck choosing “the want” or “the need” — and I don’t know how to make the decision when there isn’t an obvious big negative!
Yep, this post has nothing to do with running. Oops. You’ll have to stay tuned for a running update. There has been so much going on lately!
Now, it’s your turn. Any thoughts/comments/life experiences regarding building/staying/etc would be much appreciated! Love it?
Or… List it?
|Just like this one, right Nathan?!? 🙂