As we worked on a house we bought to renovate and flip, I realized that the house had wonderful light and was very cozy. The location, close to things like the library, post office, grocery store and more, was wonderful. The yard was a breeze to mow, taking a mere 20 minutes instead of the usual entire weekend for the house we were in.
The house we were in was up the side of a mountain, beautiful, quiet, remote and lonely. If you ran out of milk, you stayed without until another trip to town could be arranged, complete with several errands to make the trip worthwhile.
In the end however, we were making two or more trips a day to town. One to bring our youngest daughter to school and the other trips all work related. Up and down the mountain, over and over again in all kinds of weather.
The house we were renovating was central to everything! It had a brand new kitchen! New bathrooms! New plumbing! And best of all, it was completed DONE! The work was all top notch, the finishes all hand picked by me. Granted, they were picked to sell the house to someone else, but my personal motto whenever I renovate a house is: “Would I be willing to live in this house?” This motto guides every layout, every decision, every product selection I make. Regardless of the price point of the house,”Would I be willing to live in this house?” is the question in my mind.
Would I be willing to live in one of my houses? You are darned right I would and I do. We sold our house in the country and moved to town.
Everyday, it is a pleasure to wake up in this lovely house. Everyday I am thankful that my life is now simpler, no more going up and down the mountain, no more weekends shot mowing a never done lawn. If we need milk, someone walks down the street to the grocery store. Does a family member want something interesting to read? Well walk to the library, it is only a block away. Our town has free concerts Thursday nights during the summer, all we have to do is walk across the street and enjoy.
All is good here, in the house we renovated. It is home.