Earlier this year I moved into my first home. One that I was lucky enough to have built from the ground up. It wasn’t a custom home but I was allowed to control enough options to satisfy my needs and personal taste.
But before I was set on a new home I, of course, looked at MANY pre-owned homes. I’d set my heart on one about 3500 sq ft with an attached one bedroom apt, A 3 car garage, and on the end of a street. French doors lead to the backyard through the master. Vaulted ceilings of 12 ft in the great room. A fireplace that met you at the front door. Guest bathroom with small atrium and slightly updated kitchen. It wasn’t that “new perfect” but it was going to be a grand investment. It would be an opportunity to flex my reno muscles.
It would be one where I could rent out the apartment if things ever got rough, move my dad or sister in, or simply make it into a full on art/photography studio [I’m now retired from photography]. Did I mention the apartment had its own separate entrance and access to the backyard with french doors and a beautiful creamy painted brick wall? Omg it was a dream.
Sadly the owners, who’d bought it to flip, refused to make necessary repairs such as the ENTIRE roof and AC system needed replacing. I know, right. Thus I refused their counter offer and that was the end of it.
So that brings me to my point. From the moment I walked into the countless houses I viewed I began renovating, decorating, knocking down walls, and altering floor plans. I started visualizing marble floors and chandeliers. White walls and glass partitions. Cement facades over old worn brick fireplaces. You name it.
At this point I’d take photos and start mocking shit up in PhotoShop! I was showing all the way out.
From calling getting bids from contractors to sourcing materials, and reading tutorials. Being a plum fool? No. Being prepared. Being euphoric from the high of house shopping.
After subscribing to countless websites for home listings in the area I never unsubscribed. So to this day I look at houses every morning. And I think about what could have been and what could BE for any of these homes. I have a confession. I am a Fantasy Renovator. Strictly for fun I reimagine these homes in my head. I have a problem.
Welcome to today’s problem:
Spacious custom home with charming rich walnut paneling and built-in cabinets in living room & game room. This home features accent floor tiles in the entry, grand curved staircase with laminate wood floor. Kitchen features granite counter tops, built-in appliances, and wet bar. Back yard features in ground pool & heated hot tub, view-able from living room and bedrooms. Cul-de-sac location ensures privacy and less street traffic. Easy access to major highway and minutes to the Energy Corridor.
Taking center stage is the outdated staircase. I’d like to see it updated in a few major ways. But here I’m torn. Do I tear it down and go with something completely unexpected like these modern marvels below?