Okay, so you know how for YEARS and YEARS and YEARS I’ve been posting floorplans and dream homes and plan to build on the land we own?
That may not happen after all.
But wait! Before you roll your eyes at me, let me explain!
You see, Denis and I finally got to a point where we felt we were ready to do it – put our house on the market, sell it for close to what we paid for it, and build our dream house.
But you know what’s involved with all that?
Fixing up a house – all the little things you’ve lived with that new home buyers won’t tolerate. Packing up a house – getting 1/3 of your stuff cleared out so your house looks decluttered and allowing potential home buyers to envision their crap in your house instead of your crap. Moving – not just once, but possibly TWICE if the home sells faster than your new home is being built. Living through a home construction – and wondering if you made the right choice in builder, floorplan, location and timing.
You know what else is involved?
Forcing your kids to switch schools. Forcing your kids to start over with the whole “making friends” thing because your new street has virtually NO kids to play with. Unpacking. A longer commute to work because your new home is further south than your current home, and you work north.
So Denis and I briefly debated putting our house on the market and buying a pre-existing home that fits our needs a bit more than this house, but that would still involve the first three bullet points.
And so now a new option is on the table: home addition.
Our friend Amy successfully built an addition on her home last year. One of my bosses successfully built an addition on his home a few years ago. Both had nothing but praise for their contractors and the decision to stay put and simply add on.
As for our house, the main thing we don’t like about our house is the kitchen. It’s just not quite what we want in a kitchen. And I hate the breakfast area being the pass through to get from the kitchen to the tv room.
We have a patio in the back that is 14dx21w. I mentioned to Denis the idea of splitting it in half, and building an 11×14 breakfast room, and extending the kitchen out into the current breakfast room via a peninsula/bar area.
There’s only one glitch in this graphic – and that is that the new breakfast room appears more wide than long – and that the table should be turned 90 degrees to fit properly. But in fact, the new room would be 11 wide and 14 long, so while the *graphic* is wrong, the table WOULD go in the room as shown. We’d put in sliding glass doors to let the dog/kids go outside, and the other two exterior walls would have windows. This would allow plenty of sunlight to stream into the area.
One can also see that I’ve bumped out the family room by a few feet so the exterior wall lines up with the new peninsula counter – it would basically add another 2-3 feet to that room, making it just a tad closer to square. But THAT kind of remodel is strictly “wish list” – it is not something that has to be done, but if it fits the budget then I say go for it. The room is a nice size as it is – 14×19, so making it 17×19 isn’t a requirement to say the least.
As for the remainder of the patio, if we do the addition I suspect the entire patio will have to be ripped out since the new addition will need a solid foundation poured, so at that point we could choose where we want the new one to go. Based on this graphic, putting it behind the family room seems like the best location. Another wish list: having it be a screened-in porch rather than just a cement patio.
So yeah, I know I’ve blathered on for years about building a house, but given the fact that Denis and I just don’t have the energy to deal with all of the bullet points above, and the fact that this kind of addition would basically make this house pretty close to perfect for us, it just seems like this might be a more feasible option for us.
Thoughts? We were originally hoping to begin building the dream home in August or September, and we’d still probably go that route if we decide to stay put and build the addition. Both Amy and my boss highly recommended their contractors, and Angie’s List has a couple highly-rated contractors that we’ll probably contact as well.
I’ll say this: the idea of NOT moving, NOT packing, NOT dealing with the kids having to leave their school/friends – it brings a lot of peace into my heart and mind. Whereas the idea of building a house and all the stuff that entails makes me nervous, building a modest addition and expanding the kitchen just feels…right.
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