In 2011, due to my husband’s job moving, we moved from a large city in Indiana to a western suburb of Chicago. With a large cost-of-living difference, we had prayed and carefully considered what would be best for our family. Its funny how we don’t always know what is best for us, but when we rely on God’s plan and timing, He will reveal it.
We originally put an offer on a house that was a short sale in a much further western suburb. While the location of the house was not our ideal, we found out you could get a newer house, more house, and more acreage being located further out. The house was awesome. Very little would need to be done to it. It had a very large kitchen, 3 bedrooms, a fireplace, a main level office, a full basement (though it was unfinished), and was only 10-years old. Our offer went in in April. Long story short, we did not get the house due to the seller’s incorrect short sale program paperwork. While I am not a very patient person by nature, I was surprisingly at peace with this process (as frustrating as it was).
During our 4-month wait, my hubby got a promotion and a raise. So when we got the news our offer was no longer valid, it was a little exciting. We could now look in the ‘burb we had originally longed for. And then we found it… our home!
To put it bluntly, the house was a pit (especially compared to the other house). The tile in the foyer and kitchen looked like a bad DIY job. There were large bleach spots on the carpet. There was a mysterious odor being masked by over 30 concealed air fresheners. (Yes! There were really 30 of them hidden in cabinets and behind blinds!) The bathroom fixtures were atrocious and the kitchen counter and backsplash looked as if it came from a dirty gas station bathroom. But there was potential. The house was structurally sound and the “challenges” were merely cosmetic.
Most people would look at the house and dismiss it from the work needed to make it a lovely dwelling. What we saw though, was the house is only 3 miles away from my husband’s work. Instead of the 40 minute drive he would have otherwise had, he would now have more time with our family with this mere 10-15 minute commute. The house had more square footage, a full finished basement, 4 bedrooms, and a giant backyard filled with trees.
This was the perfect home for us.
Had this been on the market back in April when we were house shopping, we would have never been able to afford it or the renovations. God knew we needed to wait and used the other house as a “placeholder” until all circumstances were right for us to be here.
We have undergone lots of stress, sweat, and tears and still the house is a work in progress. But it has held many friends and visitors, provided us many sweet memories, and welcomed Baby #3. It has been both a challenge and fun journey to re-do the house to be uniquely ours.
Through this blog, I’ll walk through each room redo, explaining where the inspiration and color choices came from, and discuss the room’s functional benefits. Hopefully you’ll find inspiration and ideas to help make your house more organized and comfortable for your family!