After house hunting with us for almost a year, I think our realtor was pretty surprised when we fell in love with this house. She'd recommended the neighborhood to us but all along we've really loved and preferred newer homes.
We also loved high ceilings, thick moldings, an open floor plan, lots of natural light and a flat, grassy outdoor space. Mature landscaping was also a plus. Well, this house fit the bill. It just needed a few tweaks to become more in line with our style.
We won't be doing all those tweaks at once. It will be a process and will probably take about three years before all of my vision comes to fruition.
Phase 1: Refinish hardwoods, replace carpet, paint, change out downstairs light fixtures. We've just finished doing all of this. We wanted it done before we moved in so now we'll be taking a breather from the rest of renovations for a little while!
Phase 2: Change backsplash and granite, upgrade range. The backsplash and granite will take priority. Nothing is wrong with them per se, just not my taste and that is so hard coming from a custom kitchen in our old house.
Phase 3: Outdoor space. Some kind of update. Possible screened in porch addition with paver grilling patio. Maybe just an outdoor kitchen. Not sure yet.
Phase 4: Upgrade master and guest bathrooms. Maybe re-tile Madeline's bathroom.
There are other smaller projects that we'll squeeze in as we go. We're just about unpacked and I can't wait to share the progress we have made so far.