We bought our first house after being married for 1 year. We lived there for over 9 years. This was the house were we really cut our teeth and learned our strengths & (many) DIY/home improvement/decor weaknesses. It is the house were we learned how to be adults (what am I saying, we’re still learning), it’s the home we prepared and brought our babies home to. We truly lived in this house and it treated us so very well. (Note that the photos are a mix of ones I took and final listing photos. Despite my best efforts there were so spaces that I just didn’t photograph well while we were there so the listing photos are included as a supplement.)
CURRENT HOME (LISTING PHOTOS)
When our family grew and we knew it was time to move, we set our search for a historic home that we could renovate…well as you can see from the below gallery we changed gears from our original thought and ended up with something totally different! LOL The historic home search was narrow for sure but also in the end didn’t feel like something we’d love in the end for various reasons (mostly because the ones that were available had no yard, garages, or parking). After thinking it over we just decided to look just once at what was out there. Our current home had been on the market for a few months and we’d looked at it a few times online because there were things we liked about it. Once we stepped inside we fell in love with the layout, personality and livability (is that a word?) of the space. For fun the photos below are the photos that were on the listing. I’m 90% sure that the main reason why this house didn’t sell quickly were because of the photo quality. The market in our area moves properties quick, especially if you have the right realtor. Our previous house sold for over asking price in 17 hours. (Our realtors are the best, click here if you’re looking for someone in Kansas City!) This house had not been staged, professionally photographed and their realtor was just ‘ok’. It all makes a difference!
We have lived here for just over 2 years so lots of the house looks the same. No major changes in the kitchen or bathrooms. Some new paint and things here and there but figuring out how a home works for your family takes time. It also incidentally takes money & resources 🙂 Our biggest efforts have went towards converting the basement into a true family room that is comfortable and inviting. (Previously it was a concrete floored man cave.)