UncategorizedThe New Cottage February 15, 2013Happy Friday, y’all! You guys have blown me away with your kindness, encouragement, and acceptance of this life change for us. The last two day’s worth of comments and e-mails have really brought me so much joy. Y’all don’t know what an impact you have on me!!! I am soooo giddy for today’s post. I’ve been DYING to share the new house and start sharing all of our plans for it. We have kind of a lot of plans already! I wanted to wait until it was very definite that this would be our house, which to me, meant closing on it. Well, we don’t close until February 28th. But…now that our other house has closed, the seller of this home has been so gracious to let us rent until closing and there is nothing else standing in the way, so it is a pretty done deal. And I just can’t wait anymore! If something were to fall through, we’ll just pick ourselves up, find another one, and move on, but I’m sure hoping we don’t. Especially since we are already moved into this little baby. You’ll notice I said cottage in the title. I just love that term as opposed to just house. It’s very much my style. I kept calling our last home a cottage, but let’s face it…it was a house. A long ranch house. This one, however, is a cottage through and through. And I love that!!! Right now, it reminds me of those dogs that you say, “Wow, it’s so ugly that it’s cute!” Know what I mean? Some of it has been updated. It was a rental for a while and let’s just say, the updates were not what I would have chosen. No offense to the former owners whatsoever, but for our style, there were some interesting choices made. I think you’ll see what I mean from the picture (a.k.a. window placement). Without further ado, here’s our cute/ugly baby cottage that is just screaming, “Make me pretty again!!!” Before I get to our plans, here’s some basic info on the house: It looks sooo tiny from the outside and it is tiny: 1100 square feet. Our last home was 1800 square feet (upstairs, finished, livable space). It is currently considered three bed, one bath, but all of that is about to change!!! It has a big fenced in back yard with beautiful trees that make the yard very private and feel like you’re out by yourself somewhere. Love. it. We have so many plans for this little place and I will be sharing those in more detail for a while, but today I do want to share some general updates that we know we will be making so that you know what we’re in for (and what you’ll be seeing a lot of around here in the next six months or so). For the outside, we will be redoing the entire portico area, putting in a new front door, majorly changing up the windows (taking some away, adding some, making some bigger), adding craftsman style shutters and window boxes, adding some industrial/barn lighting, and can you say landscaping??? Whew, I’m out of breath just typing all that! Here’s a little sketch I drew of how I imagine the outside: Keep in mind, I am no artist. I just like to play around. Nothing is to scale or anything, but you get the idea! For some reason, I love seeing what’s in my head on paper, even if the drawing isn’t very good. As for the rest of the house, we’ll be gutting a lot. 1.) Kitchen – We’ll be gutting the current kitchen and then expanding it to make it much larger (and prettier). 2.) We’ll be gutting the existing bathroom and updating it. 3.) We’ll be tearing down lots and lots of walls to open up the living space and create an open concept. 4.) We’ll be turning what’s currently a bedroom into the dining room. 5.) Outdoor Living Space – We’ll be adding some fun outdoor living space for dining and lounging. 6.) Addition – So excited about this part!!! We’ll be adding a master suite to the back. Wahoo! So, when we’re finished, the 1100 square feet will turn into something like 1400 – 1500. Still much smaller, but it works for us. It actually feels much bigger than that inside and I can’t imagine how it’ll feel when we open up all of the walls! We’ll be starting as soon as we close on the 28th. That very day, walls will be removed – yay! So, we’re looking forward to the spring of renovations and then the summer of decorating for me. Now that part is seriously fun! Hope y’all have a great weekend!!! I’ll be back next week with more to share on the new house. I’m working on a before and after of the floor plan now, so that you can see the current layout and how it will be when we’re finished. Can’t wait to go on this journey with y’all by our side!