RenovationsAddition Floor Plan July 9, 2018 Well, friends, something in our kitchen has changed. Yes, that plywood door means we are moving full speed ahead on this addition! Thank you all so much for your kind comments and messages about the video last week. It can be hard to be so vulnerable, but it’s already so worth it when I hear about so many of you on similar journeys who this inspired AND I’ve connected with and learned from so many of your stories already. I absolutely love when that happens! As I’ve said in that video, I’ve had to come to terms with doing this addition. We’ve had the long-term vision I laid out in the video for awhile…the one that hinges on us renovating another house, moving, and renting our current one to pay for itself and the other. SO our monthly expenses would be less than they are now because all mortgage expenses would be paid for. Then, we have that long-term source of residual income that’s continuing to appreciate. And if we need to sell it or just want to one day, it’ll make more than if we sold it now. Once God revealed this plan and we put all of this together in our minds, we’ve been so excited. Living freer and radically different as a family was feeling close and possible. And as much as I’ve loved this house, that vision of what life could be for our family is more valuable than any specific house. In the spring, we started looking for the next place and getting the finances lined up. We weren’t ready to move on, but our hope whenever we do the next project is that for the first time, we can do it really slowly and enjoy the process. This will make for a less crazy season and one that lets us treasure the planning and reno season. Because we love that! So our thought was to find one in the spring/summer and take a full year to renovate it. I can’t tell you how excited I am about a long, slower reno period. We’ve always had to do them so quickly in the past that we’ve been in complete survival mode. Remember in the past, we couldn’t fund the next without selling our current one first and God’s worked it out every time for us to rent back, so our family has only had to move once each time. It still blows my mind how that’s been laid out. But that means we’ve always been on a tight deadline. Design decisions are made on the fly without thinking them through and I have no time and energy to blog about the process as we go because we’re flying fast and furious as we count down to move-in day. I’m thrilled that, for the first time, we’ll be able to do the next one without selling our current, allowing us to keep it as a rental AND to not put a deadline on ourselves. I’m so excited to be able to take my time designing and share progress in real-time. I’ve gotten so excited about this. So when we realized that we couldn’t do this financially without adding on to increase our home’s current appraisal value and equity line (that will fund the next project – it’s complicated, I know), I took time to adjust. While we knew that future houses likely wouldn’t be quite this small because our family will continue to grow, we have loved this season. And not to lie, I didn’t want to deal with the upheaval I knew it would cause. But just like I’ve adjusted to moving so much, I adjusted to this because the vision is worth it. So we’re adjusting, getting excited, and making plans! Today, I want to share with y’all exactly what we’ll be adding on. Before we get there, let’s quickly look back at where we’re starting. As a reminder, here’s the before and after floor plan from when we renovated this time last year. We decided not to add on immediately, but knew it would happen one day after we moved out so this was the best investment possible for our family. The laundry room on the back of the house was not original. It had been an addition at some point and was very poorly built. We knew it needed to be rebuilt, but decided to wait knowing an addition was likely a few years out. We did as little as we could to it to move in. And after living here, the condition of it has been way worse than we thought. There’s extensive water damage, sagging floors making the door not able to securely close and the floor has felt like it’s caving in. So, ripping it off now as a part of this addition was welcome and needed. So the first step of this addition was ripping the laundry off the house and building from the kitchen wall back. We had a few main goals for this addition considering our wants, but mainly resale/renting potential: *ADD BACK A LAUNDRY (that provided access to the backyard) *ADD STORAGE (the existing house does not have one closet beyond two tiny, non-functional bedroom closets) *ADD A MASTER SUITE (we need the house to appraise as a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, so our goal was to get there as cheaply as possible with a concise master suite) Here’s the new floor plan. ADDITION BREAKDOWN: *This addition will put our house at 1400 square feet, 3 beds and 2 baths. It’ll still be the smallest house we’ve ever lived in, but will feel huge to us I think after living without that extra bed and bath for awhile. *We started creating this plan by drawing a box. Keeping the addition as a box with no jut-outs saves a ton of money. We knew the rough size of what we wanted to build cost-wise. Then, we started playing with how we could fit all the needed pieces into the square and then we adjusted sizes of rooms and the size of the overall footprint where needed. *We will have a good size laundry room that will have a utility closet/pantry/storage…whatever we and future renters or homeowners want to use it for. It’ll also have the washer and dryer, the door to our bedroom, and the exterior door to our backyard. (The little gap between the shower and the laundry room will be our air return.) *Our master is not huge by any means, but it is a decent size. There’ll be two smaller his and hers closets. They will not be walk-in to save floor space, but living without a walk-in closet during this season and just having the wardrobes in our current master bedroom has shown me I don’t really need much space and that often, a walk-in has wasted space. And we’ll make these closets really functional storage-wise! *The bath is a great size and we really are excited about that. That’s a big want for buyers/renters and it’s one we’ll really enjoy. It’ll have a double vanity, a tiled walk-in shower (which we love, but is the neighborhood standard to have one in the master), and a closed off toilet room. We’ve never had that and I’m pretty excited about that piece. As far as the design goes, I haven’t even given it much thought, you guys. It’s been a bit of a crazy summer and getting this rolling has taken most of my energy. Chris keeps asking, “So, do you think I’m going to have to design this?” I’ll get it together, honey, don’t worry. I’m starting to toss around ideas and I’m excited to design it with the rest of the existing house color scheme and finishes in mind. ***** My hope is to share this addition coming together in real-time as much as possible! I plan to do a progress post here periodically, but will share updates more often in my Instagram stories, so make sure you’re following there to see it really come together! We’re headed off for a family week at the lake today, so I’ll put a progress post together as soon as we return. But check Insta-stories before then for a look at where we are so far! We’re just starting, but it’s rolling fast!