Last week I introduced you to our new farm. This week I want to introduce you to our new house. As you may remember from last week, we purchased a new orchard. The only problem was there was no house on it. We thought about building a new one from scratch and also entertained the idea of purchasing a manufactured home. (Have you seen the newer manufactured homes recently? They are REALLY nice!)
Although we liked both options there were a lot of hurdles, like money, setting up utilities and dealing with permits. It became overwhelming!
When a house came up for sale that backed up to the orchard it was serendipitous. Plus, it had a huge 1000 sq ft shop that Eric could put his tools and tractor in!!! (This is the real reason we bought the house 😉 )
The house is placed on a little more than an acre of land and has a variety of fruit and nut trees, including apple, orange, pomegranate, loquat, peach and almond. It even has a trellis for grapes and a garden area. An added bonus of this house is the 1/3 acre side lot. We plan on using this area to experiment with different crops or maybe use it for livestock such as goats or alpacas. A fruit stand would also be a viable option because the lot is located alongside the road. We will see…options, options, options 🙂
The house is your average country home. It is about 1500 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths. It has great bones, but needs some updating. We just finished remodeling our last home and now decided to move into this house which needed some serious updating. Isn’t this ironic… don’t ya think? Has that happened to any of you???
We tend to be DIYers, but since there was a baby on the way we hired contractors to help us out. Talk about a time crunch! We were lucky enough to roll over some money we made on our first house into the remodeling of our new country home. As my husband says, “Luck counts, you just can’t count on luck.”
“Luck counts, you just can’t count on luck.”
We hemmed and hawed about possible changes we could make. Budget of course was a concern, but so was the amount of time it would take to finish and the functionality of the layout. In the end, we decided to make major changes because it was easier to do it now rather than later.
Here is what we did….
- Replaced all the flooring with new waterproof and scratch resistant luxury vinyl planks from Mannington. I figured we are living on a farm so might as well have durable floors.
- Removed multiple walls to create an open floor plan
- Remodeled the kitchen with Ikea cabinets and countertops
- Installed recessed lighting
- Removed wallpaper and applied fresh paint
- Created a pantry area
- Replaced some windows and installed French doors to increase natural light
- Other little stuff you probably don’t care about 🙂
As you can see from the pictures below, we really focused on creating our ideal kitchen. We wanted to make the kitchen the focal point of the house since this is the area we enjoy being in the most (At least I do : ) ) . We installed grey cabinets and accented them with oak butcher block countertops. We added white subway tile backsplash and Eric built open shelving for our glassware. All of our stainless steel appliances we bought on Craigslist because I love when I find a bargain 🙂 This kitchen has been a dream to cook in!
During the last two-months of my pregnancy we were making a 45-mile drive every weekend to our new home to perform small tasks to save money and put our personal touch on it. It was tiring but well worth it. In the end, we were very happy with the changes we made. It would have taken years to complete if we had not hired contractors. Sometimes you just have to know when to ask for help.
Here are some before and after pictures of the remodel…
It looks like different house, doesn’t it? I am looking forward to preparing home cooked meals in this home as our baby girl runs around my feet ?
Have you ever completed a remodel? Are you considering a remodel soon? Tell me about it…