Welcome to our home! Just look for the house with the magenta door.
A little over two years ago we moved into a home built in 1952. Here is MacGyver breaking in the backyard on move-in day.
It has some hardwood floors and an enormous back yard. That’s about where the charm ends. But in the words of design diva, Candice Olson, we thought the house had “good-bones”. Whatever the heck that means, that woman can see the good in any home. In our world it means tearing down walls, gutting rooms and adding on much needed square footage. But since we prefer sticking to a DIY budget and I apparently have unusual design ideas that professionals don’t seem to “get”, we are living through a slow work-in-progress saga. Maybe Nate Berkus and Oprah will take pity on us and surprise me with a makeover. On second thought, my house is a perpetual disaster and my hair is always in a messy ponytail so a surprise knock at the door from the Oprah show cameras would be a nightmare.
Did you ever see that movie Groundhog Day where Bill Murray keeps living the same day over and over again? Okay this isn’t exactly Groundhog Day, but yet it feels like I’m living a never ending HGTV episode. Day after day we are slowly renovating our home, moving from room to room. And sadly since Candice Olson or Nate Berkus haven’t paid us a visit, it is now time for us to call-in a professional for the add-on of a master bedroom and bath. Yesterday, our contractor took the first step towards adding-on our new master bedroom. WHOO HOO!
Homeschool journal entry following home renovation process. MacGyver, age 7.
Just to be clear. No, we did not select the front door color and the matching magenta shutters. Man of steel hates the magenta color. Can you blame him? So one Sunday afternoon he ripped down the shutters. He didn’t even give me a chance to snap a photo. We have selected new masculine colors for the house and plan to replace the front door. I only have one concern about the day we actually get around to making these changes. How will people know which house is ours? Now I just say, “Look for the house with the magenta door. You can’t miss it!”
Joyce says I’m actually living that HGTV show called Sarah’s House. Over the next few months, I’ll share my never ending, real-life HGTV episode. Wish me luck. We’re trying to live (and homeschool) smack dab in the middle of this home renovation with two young children. Life is an adventure! (AND IT’S CRAZY!)
What home projects are you working-on? Have you ever done a big home renovation? What advice do you have?
Life with Jeannine