When Chris and I made the decision to drastically down size in square footage this past year one of the reasons was, because we needed to slow down JUST a bit. This was by no means because we are afraid of a project, it was simply because we wanted to spend more time with Johnny.
People always asked us, "How could you sell your home after putting all that time and work into it?" or "It's livable and you have enough done for now so why don't you just take a break for a bit?" Well the truth is, it was not an easy decision. It came with lots of emotions, reasoning, back and forth and tears. The biggest thing is, Chris and I both don't know how to slow down. There for if we stayed we would of kept dwindling away here and there on weekend projects that turn in to month long projects. Chris literally never stopped and he never complained once. He would work 40+ hour weeks then come home and worked until midnight nearly 7 days a week. We figured with down sizing and moving into something "move in ready" our rehabbing addiction would slow down a bit. With that being said that is exactly what happened. We waited a whole two months before tearing into something(and in all seriousness this is along time for us haha).
Now let me tell you about our tradition. Since first owning a home together in 2012 Chris and I always had a major renovation going on Thanksgiving weekend. It would usually start by having some drinks, taking a hammer to a wall, finding fireplaces and pocket doors, and just like that a whole room would be gutted.
The first time we got hammer happy we discovered the pocket door outside of the living room. It led us to finding 3 pocket doors, along with 3 fireplace throughout the first floor in one weekend.
Our first major renovation we tackled together was the kitchen at our old home. When we bought it there was no sign of a functioning kitchen just a half sheet of plywood with a sink. SO this is naturally where we decided to start. The day after Thanksgiving, our cabinets arrived. And just like that my vision came to life!
This past weekend Chris and I decided to start our first project at our new home. We have beautiful 115 year old hard wood floors throughout half of the house. When you get to the back hallway and kitchen.....not so beautiful. There is laminate flooring many shades lighter than the rest of the house. SO we decided it was time to see what was going on underneath. After taking up the laminate flooring, we discovered two more layers of linoleum! Here is where we are..........stay tuned to find out what ideas we have in store, or what other projects this may lead us to next ;)