Monday, February 20, 2017

Look What I Bought Today!!!

Or, changes are coming!

I have just  embarked upon a new adventure!

I have lived in my present home for 11 years, 
and pretty much loved every moment of it.
I shared this house with my sister Nancy
until she moved out a year ago.
(She has moved six hours away 
to become a care giver for
our mother who has dementia.)

During this year of living alone 
I have contemplated what I want to do
with myself for the next phase of my life.

What has become clear to me is
that I do not want to continue to live
in this house alone.
It's really too large for me to 
maintain by myself and after
sharing it so happily with Nancy,
it just seems too empty without her. 

So I began looking in a neighboring town,
which was actually "home" before coming 
to my present location.
It seemed to be where I wanted to settle.
I have many good and long time friends there,
and I am familiar with the town.
So, at the beginning of the year
I started my new home search.

I got very lucky and found the cute 
Cape Cod above quite quickly.
So January and February have been busy
putting its purchase into motion.
I closed on it today.

This does not mean I will be moving quickly.
It needs LOTS of work.
I am lucky that the 
contractor I hoped to work with can 
start on the renovations this week.
 I am contemplating being moved by Fall.

I am hoping this renovation "adventure"
will be a bit of a kickstart for my blog, 
which sadly has been neglected for a while.
 I am sharing some of the house's 
interior pictures below.
Hopefully you will follow along
as I make the house into a "silk purse!"
(I am using some of the realtor's listing pictures
since I haven't taken many yet.)

Good bones, but in dire need of TLC, right?
Changes to be made are 
*a new kitchen
*total redo of the upstairs bathroom
*cosmetic redo of downstairs bathroom
*textured ceilings GONE
*crown molding added to several rooms
*all carpet gone
*all wallpaper gone
*completely repainted
*floors refinished

I expect the next few months will be busy
since I am going to be the 
wallpaper stripper and painter,
to help defray some of the 
renovation expense.
I will also be getting my 
present house on the market fairly soon
and will start the packing up process 
as time allows.

 I hope to use my blog
to journal about the renovation.
I hope you'll come back often
and watch my progress!

Oh, and icing on the cake,
my daughter Kate came home for a weekend visit
and went to the closing with me.
Afterward I was able to show her my
"new house!"


Nancy Sams said...

I'll be watching!

M Brennan said...

I'm happy for you, Susan. I hope you love it there! Can't wait to see what you do with it. Please send me your new address when you can.
Bless andHug, Marty

Evelyn Miller said...

Hi, Susan,

BIG News! I am happy for you, although I don't envy your moving! I want to know where you're moving, so when you have time, you can Email me or Message me on Facebook. I know you will sell your J.C. house soon; it is so lovely! You are going to have a lot of fun fixing up your "new" house because that's the kind of thing you love to do and when you are finished, it will have your extra-special Susan's touch and be a perfect dream house! I wish you joy and love, my friend! Blessings, too. Evelyn

Tanna said...

So excited for you, Susan!! Love your new home and look forward to seeing your progress as you renovate! blessings ~ tanna

Sandra @ Thistle Cove Farm said...

such a sweet's lovely and has loads of charm. best wishes for a full and happy life there.

Don Wiley said...

My family did over 40 years of living and loving in that house. I am very pleased that you want to take it to another level. Looking forward to progress reports!

Shirley Elliott said...

How exciting! The house has lots of potential and I look forward to seeing how it progresses. You will certainly be busy with working on two houses and packing. It will be fun to follow your progress.

Linda said...

Awesome!!! I will be following your progress with smiles and encouragement!

Essie Reed said...

I love this little place. It has so much potential. It makes me want to go remodel and decorate my own home some more. The bathroom in this photo has so much potential too. It's the kind of room I like to go to first and start painting and rearranging immediately. I love pastel colors in my home. Good luck with the décor !

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