Those who know me, know I have a remodeling problem. I love to remodel. We purchased our home in 1993. Just writing that makes me cringe. I am old.
When we bought our home it was a bit of a fixer-upper (understatement of the year). It needed a lot of work and I remember calling it the purple palace as the carpet was this grotesque mauve color and the tile in the entryway was a ceramic tile masquerading as a veined marble – translation, UGLINESS!
We have – over the years – remodeled every single room in the house. This included tearing off the second level of the house and rebuilding it so that we could add a bathroom, 2 new bedrooms, a master suite and windows off the backside of the house. Prior to the renovation it had a shed roof off the back which meant there were no windows on one side of the upstairs and because we are at the top of a ridgeline, there were great views that we could only imagine in our minds-eye. The remodeled upstairs is now much, much, much better and we really love it. Unfortunately the honeymoon was short-lived as a few years ago we suffered a flood, caused by our washing machine on the upper level of our house. The washer didn’t recognize when it was full and just kept filling with water – gallons and gallons of water. This caused a river of water to cascade down 2 flights of stairs and through the ceiling on our main level. We had to redo the walls, floors and the ceiling on the upper and main level of our home. This also made us decide to remodel the layout of our main level to include a big-ass tv, fireplace and a bar. Now that it is done (a project that took nearly 10 months), it is awesome and we love it.
The problem is the kitchen. We remodeled the kitchen 17 years ago when cherry cabinets and dark granite ruled the day. The layout isn’t perfect as we kept the kitchen within the original footprint of a house that was constructed in 1950.
My husband and I really love to cook and we entertain quite a bit. We usually end up hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and that translates to about 19 people. Here’s the thing, even though we have a newly-remodeled family room and a living room near the kitchen, and even though we encourage people to sit in these rooms, everyone tends to congregate in the kitchen and it makes it nearly impossible to cook and move around. The room is narrow and hall-like making it less than ideal.
So, once again we are evaluating the benefit of a remodel. Do we invest even more in our house? Should we simply update the countertops, paint the cabinets, get new appliances and call it a day, or should we blowout some walls and open it up? The answer to the question is an expensive one. We are the stupid people who own the most expensive house on the block. I don’t say this to sound lah-tee-dah but it is the truth. A number of houses on our street have sold lately and they are going to half of what we have invested in our weirdo-house. We probably should have sold it and moved years ago but you get used to the location, our kids have grown-up here, we love the privacy and I know that no house is perfect. BUT, another remodel sounds dreadful in terms of $$$ and hassle. I know the kitchen is out of sync with the rest of the house now but still, do I blow it up or do I ignore the fact that it is dated and simply live with it the way it is? Decisions, decisions.