I would. And I am! Because when I ask myself “do I want an austere, respectable residence, or one that resembles a confection?” I know the answer.
My idea, as I could not simply go live in a house, is to try to fix this fixer-upper and get out of it at least what I put into it. Much as I would love to disclose all the juicy details and turn Yay Goodies into a house reno brass tacks blog, I would not want a potential buyer to ever access this information and decide that they want to offer less on Abode a la Mode.
But I will say this: I think I got a decent price for it, about $50K lower than the average purchase price of the other similar houses in this neighborhood over the past 5 years. As well however: the bones are good but the rest is seriously questionable. Epic amounts of DIY and professional intervention will transpire. Here is a taste of what I have planned:
Immediate term (0-3 months out)
- Rip out all carpets (immediately); open all windows; light fruity candles
- Gas service installation before winter
- Install gas washer/dryer combo (sellers took the washer/dryer)
- Replace all candelabra-style chandeliers with something from the 21st century
- Add hose extension to faucet on single bathtub in house (seriously how did they wash their hair and rinse shoulders etc.???)
- Take strange cardboard tiling off of bathroom walls and tub
- Install dishwasher
- Start to sort out hardwood flooring
Mid-term (4-6 months out)
- Add gas heating system
- Get architect to plan garage addition options (-bay or 2, and single story or two-story with master suite above, depending on cost and zoning regulations)
- Plan out main house reno options based on most likely addition option
- Keep working on flooring throughout
Long-ish term (6-9 months out)
- Get contractor to add attached garage
- Paint house and addition some exciting new color
- Move current kitchen sink to new mudroom/laundry room
Longer term (9-12 months out)
- Update kitchen a little or a lot with backup sink; take down wall to living room maybe
- Finish updating bathroom based on how much everything else cost
So if you ever wanted to see a real-life house reno in detail, stay tuned. The nice thing about these updates is that they are modular, and for the most part vary in price directly with time. I could probably stop at any point and still be in good shape. The main cost items here of course are the gas conversion and garage addition, but I think gas and garages are highly desirable.
So I guess stick around, and I will show you honestly what a cake can turn into.