Hey Guys! Thanks for tuning in to see what’s got us all excited around here!
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We are turning our carport into a Playroom/Bonus room!
Okay okay, so maybe its not the most exciting thing you’ve ever heard but we’re pretty pumped about it! So I would love to back up and talk about what made us make this decision and why we are doing this now mid-bathroom renovation.
OK so for a little background knowledge of our house, when I was little, my Grandfather wanted to invest in real-estate instead of stocks or other types of investment. He had 6 grandchildren and wanted to buy each of them a house so that when they got married, they would have a place to live. Many of you would think that that’s amazing and so cool! And it is! BUT… my grandfather did not go and buy 6 mansions. He bought southern ranch style houses that needed a lot of TLC.
I know that some of you will be reading this and think that I’m being ungrateful. But I’m just being real and honest with you guys. My dream house is not a simple rectangular brick ranch house that needs a lot of updates. BUT… I know this house was a gift (given to us free and clear – and NO MORTGAGE!) and I know how much of a blessing that is!
But at the end of the day, I still really REALLY REALLY wanted to move. There were LOTS of reasons for this. Probably the first thing that started me thinking about it was the fact that my older sister moved from her (given) house to a fancy new house. This house has tall ceilings, lots of windows, plenty of room to spread out, a bonus space upstairs and a great yard/deck outside. So of course it was very hard to not feel the pangs of jealousy (and to check my Zillow email everyday for new listings).
So that got me thinking, there were definitely things about my house that didn’t work for my family (cough cough me). Besides the fact that it wasn’t new (I’m not scared of a fixer upper), and still after all our updates has a long way to go, there were two big things that I was always looking for in a house listing that our house did not have. Those two things were:
- A space for the kid(s) to play and put their toys
- An outdoor area such as a deck or patio
Sure it would be nice to have a sprawling kitchen and a grand master suite, but really those things listed above were always my top two complaints about our house.
ESPECIALLY now that the dining room has become one big playroom.
Basically between my husband and I, our life turned into and episode of Love it or List it on HGTV.
Now John was never against the idea of moving (eventually), he was just not in such a big hurry like I was. I knew that it wouldn’t be an immediate thing because there were still some updates that needed to be done to sell the house and we needed to get some debts settled and paid off (don’t we all amiright) before we could seriously start looking. But I’m the kind of person that once I get an idea in my head, I can’t think of anything else sometimes. So all I could think about was what we needed to do to be able to move. I had a 5 year plan of renovations that would be purely based on resale (hence the bathroom remodel) and somehow along the way we would magically get out of debt too.
Well John wasn’t immediately on board with this idea. He honestly didn’t see what the hurry was and didn’t think our house was that bad.
So that stopped me in my tracks. I was sure that he thought exactly like I did! How could he not! Well… it turns out he makes some compelling arguments. First of all, we are in a house without a mortgage. And secondly, we are in a house WITHOUT a mortgage. Okay, so he got me there. But I eventually won him over and explained to him how the house didn’t have certain things and how it couldn’t grow with us as a family.
But honestly, something inside me felt wrong about it.
Here we were with this huge blessing and I just felt very selfish. Now there is nothing wrong in wanting better things for your family, but I needed to look at the bigger picture here and my motives. Sure we could have a bigger, newer house, but was it the best move for our family financially? I knew the answer to that was NO but it took awhile for it to sink in. Sure we could try our best to become debt free in five years but what does that mean? No vacations, no eating out, scrimp and save every dime so that I could what? Have a fancy kitchen island and a prettier house to show on Instagram? I just really felt like God was telling me that I need to look at what was best for the family right now, not 5 years from now.
Now let me just say, there is nothing wrong with trying to get out of debt. In fact, we will still be working on this even if we don’t sell the house. And there is nothing wrong with saving up to have something better or bigger if that is your desire. And there is even absolutely nothing wrong with wanting a beautiful house with tall ceilings, and lots of natural light, and a huge kitchen with an island, and a grand master suite with a huge shower with multiple shower heads. But sometimes God says, “Stop. Take a deep breath and get a new perspective.” So this month, out of the blue, the idea of turning our garage into a playroom just hit me. I was looking around at all the toys that were taking over our house (especially after Christmas) and I just knew it was the right move. I brought it up to John and he thought it was a great idea (surprisingly) and was immediately on board! I knew it was a God thing because he is NEVER 100% convinced of my ideas at first.
The other thing that convinced him of it was the fact that at one point, the carport was turned into a room (by one of the renters of the house) in the past. So we knew it could be done.
So to give a very general overall plan for the space, we plan to:
- Build a more substantial staircase into the playroom from the house
- Add a subfloor and flooring to the slab
- Close up the garage with a studded wall that includes a door to the driveway and windows
- Add updated windows to the back wall
- Make the utility room into a half bath
- Add (if the budget allows) french doors that lead out to a deck
- Add a mini split A/C and heat unit so it will be comfortable
- and Add all new siding and exterior finishes to the outside.
We are SOO excited to get started and I can’t wait to have this space for my family!
Please excuse the mess (keeping it real) and quality (just my from my phone) of these pictures. This will give you an idea of the space we will be working with.
We still have a lot more planning to do and lots of stuff to figure out but I’m BEYOND excited about this space! Keep a look out for updates as we tackle this project!