For the past few months Graham and I have been house hunting like crazy (ok, mainly I've been searching like crazy - Graham has been more of the casual hunter). But either way, it's been a stressful few months to say the least, but completely worth it at the same time.
We've seen the 1920's craftsman gut job in my dream neighborhood, the old cottage on 2 acres, the ranch house near the lake, and even a 1990's builder basic home in the suburbs. Seriously - you name it, we've looked at them all. It wasn't a pleasant process AT ALL and I got to the point where I almost gave up. We wanted a home we could make our own without having to gut the whole thing, and also without having to spend a fortune. We wanted a home in one of the top neighborhoods in Fort Worth, but without having to pay for it. Like I said, it almost seemed like an impossible task. But remember how I said it was all worth it? Let me explain...
Graham and I had been casually house hunting for a few months. I looked at dozens of houses online and together we looked at about 5 or so in person. We were actually headed out to look at another house when I randomly saw a house that caught my eye. I had seen it many times online, but the price had dropped drastically and I became intrigued. I investigated further and realized it had been on the market for about a year. I thought surely there must be some mistake. This home is in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city, it's got a ton of square footage, and it's semi-updated. There must be something wrong, right?
Wrong. There wasn't. After Graham and I walked through the home (and eventually got an inspection done), we were shocked on how it could have possibly been on the market for a year. Yes, it has a challenging layout, and yes I spent about 45 minutes inside the house sketching out floor plans in order to confirm I could (in my best Tim Gunn voice) "make it work", but after that, we were sold. We made an offer that night and had a signed contract by the time we were laying out on the beautiful beaches of Alabama. Yeah, two days of our beach vacation were spent negotiating, but like I said, it was all worth it.
A few weeks later, we are finally at the point in our contract (knock on wood) where I feel comfortable announcing our new home. We will be moving from about 950 square feet to about 2,400 square feet. It's going to be a big change, but I am SO ready for more space! We have so many plans and projects in store and I cannot wait to start sharing them with you all. In our rental, I had recently reached the point that I "lost the love" for our home and decided to stop doing projects. I knew we would be moving soon and didn't want to spend too much money on a home we weren't going to be living in for much longer. I'm so excited to now have a place to call home for many years to come and cannot wait to begin all of my exciting projects.
Our closing date is coming up rather quickly, so the next few weeks will be rather crazy. I will be in New York this week for the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event (and visiting my BFF) and the week I come home we will close on the house. I mean… can I have more hours in the day please?? I spent all weekend cleaning out our rental and packing, but I still feel like there is so much more to go! Either way, in a few short weeks, Graham and I will be in our new home and I cannot wait. Very soon I will start posting all about the design concept for the new house, so stay tuned! Can't wait to start sharing everything with you guys! More to come:)