The Renovations, The Move, The Why.
Okay, so quite a few of you are wondering about the renovations on our current home, the sudden news of the move, and the why.
So----the renovations: stems from when part of our roof collapsed in September.
The roof was over part of our house that we NEVER used. It was like an indoor patio/sun/hot-tub room. Right off the master bedroom. It was a room that we planned to renovate, but we hadn't gotten that far into it yet. The house was built in 1949, and there were lots of things that needed to be updated. That room was not a high priority....until we had a five foot by three foot HOLE in the roof.
So, the renovation has resulted in a 270 sf master bathroom and walk in closet.
Now, the master bedroom has it's own bathroom, a walk in closet, and two small closets that you can access from the bedroom.
The total renovation plan was going to take our house from a 2 bedroom 2 bath, to a 3 bedroom 3 bath b/c we were also adding a wall to the former dining room, and converting it into a bedroom. The dining room was relocated to what the former owners used as a den, and the ultimate plan included one living space rather than a living room & a den.
The main bathroom was renovated in 2009. Now we've got this one being built. The 3rd one is the tiniest-barely-counts-as-a-bathroom that is in the mud area/laundry room. It's crazy.
The move: now that we've added to the home, and changed things up----it's more desirable! And, a family member wants to buy the house from us, and relocate to Dallas. So-------what could be more perfect???
The move: well, when all of this discussion started about possibly moving---I linked up with Zephra (http://chroniclesofanexhaustedmom.blogspot.com), and we were ALL OVER IT. I tell ya---it's one thing to look on realtor.com, and toot around "looking" for a house. It's another thing to tell her what you want, and she takes off like 007 on a mission. She was all over it! She found all kinds of stuff for us, and she can even tell you that I've fallen in love with a few houses along this journey. But---I'm one of those who can envision myself happy in a variety of houses/neighborhoods, etc. My husband: not so much. He had a fairly strict set of ideals that he was not that willing to stray from. Let the realtor handle that, and voila! We've got the perfect house for both of us. And---Hubby & I didn't claw each others' eyes out. It really was a winning situation all around.
So---there is the renovation, the move, and the why.
Besides----doing all this right now means that we get the tax credit for buying a new house, and who doesn't want THAT???