About two years ago I started thinking about selling our 150-year old home and moving into newer construction. The temptation to move began shortly after our basement flooded two summers ago and we painted our home’s exterior. Replacing a collapsed basement wall due to a freak rainstorm and flood, along with sprucing up the exterior with paint was a lot of work. And stressful, too. (This post contains affiliate links.)
We started looking at model homes that were closer to family just to see what was out there and what we could afford. We saw some beautiful houses and I could see ourselves living in a new home with everyone over. My kids would even be able to spend the night with their families. And we wouldn’t have to paint the outside of the house, which is a plus!
Buying a new house meant our real estate taxes would triple – probably the biggest reason why we’re not moving. We live in an old section of town that’s grandfathered into a lower tax rate. We also own the empty lot next door, which is where we keep our vegetable garden. I would miss this part of the yard and the extra outdoor space.
And so, the more I thought about moving – putting the house on the market, having people traipse through, looking for another home, and packing everything up – I became less enamored with the whole idea. So I asked hubby how he felt about trying to make our current home work better for our needs.
He’s pretty much fine with whatever I want to do when it comes to house-related things. He could live anywhere. And so, I made a game plan in my head and we got to work. First on the list was turning our dining room into a sitting room – or small living room.
The living room became our new dining room. The dining room is now larger and I found a table that extends to seat 14 people. Our previous dining room would get crowded at holiday meals with everyone crammed around a table that’s only meant to seat 8 maximum.
And we purchased a new farmhouse table from Pottery Barn to replace the vintage wobbly table – so we could actually eat in our breakfast nook.
A new chair from Pier 1 and ottoman from Wayfair was added to our entryway so the space could do double-duty as a cozy reading nook.
Most of our changes have been furniture related, like this new console table from Kirkland’s that was added near the stairway to provide additional storage. Almost every decision was based on storage and best use of space.
When you live in an old house, storage can be extremely challenging. A new TV cabinet from Wayfair in the family room created more opportunities for tucking things away when not in use.
More cabinets and new artwork have spruced up other spaces.
We’re finishing up changes to the downstairs bathroom which I’ll share during the next installment of our Cozy Living series on March 3rd. Hubby’s also been busy giving rooms a fresh coat of paint. Still on the to-do list is creating a courtyard with a koi pond in the backyard, and checking to see if we can add a master suite.
Photo by Aquascape, Inc.
All of these changes are far less expensive than moving – and we won’t have to pay astronomical real estate taxes. Not to mention the stress of moving! And our immediate family members are still less than an hour away so it’s not bad.
So for now, it looks like we’re staying put and I’m happy about that!
Script Chairs in Sitting Room
Kitchen Hutch by Ferris
Kitchen Island by Giulia
Pottery Barn Farmhouse Table
Entryway Accent Chair by Pier 1
Tufted Storage Ottoman in Entryway
Console Table Baskets from Pottery Barn
TV Cabinet in Family Room