As I started to jot down my design plans for the house I realized I have not shared the beginning. That moment when our friend / realtor said "hey, I have a house you should look at... it is interesting." At that point in time we weren't ready for a move, but close enough to be swayed off of our four acre home and onto the biggest fixer upper project of our lives.
Let me start with, I hit the jackpot; the handy man jackpot that is. Mr. Household Hammond is the handiest guy I know and a huge perfectionist. He can build anything, wire anything, plumb, tile and on and on. You get the point, jackpot. He has a great eye and a passion to fix things up and spot things wrong.
When we walked into our foreclosed fixer upper we instantly started a love / hate relationship we are battling with to this day. The house was built in the early 80's and carried some of that vibe. That wasn't the issue, it was the attempt at poorly executed updates over the years that baffled us. It was like someone watched too much HGTV and said "I can do that!" Ha.
We walked out that day unsure, but both with a vision of what could be with a little money and a lot of hard work. Time went by and the house remained on the market, we went to see it again and again. At that point, with some Mr. / Mrs. negotiated agreements (new kitchen, paint the cedar ceiling) we were all in. After a few back and fourths we got the house, sold our house and moved into the bottom floor of our fixer upper and started demo.
The road has been long, there has been up's, down's, lots of decisions and an almost completed upstairs full renovation all done by Mr. Household Hammond.
I am excited to share our journey through renovation of our home the kids will grow up in. Come follow along for updates on our transformation!