We got to work right away on the demo, which is now complete. We uncovered beautiful hardwood floors that we plan to refinish. We also took down walls and closets to reconfigure the layout and give us more open space. It was in rather BAD shape to begin with but, for the most part, it has good bones. There’s also that 6 acres, which is what we were really going for! Our contractor starts next week and we are so excited to see the little house come together.
This month we have been knee-deep in the middle of our remodel. Things have been changing at a rapid pace, which is both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Our contractor has been AMAZING and it’s been a lot of fun to watch our house completely transform in just a few weeks. As for me, I am all decisioned out. Between cabinets, light fixtures, tile, paint, grout, doors, faucets, vent covers, granite, trim, windows, shelving, knobs, and pulls – surely, there is nothing left for me to have to choose. Ha!
We watched our little house get demolished down to the studs and it’s been fascinating to watch it get put back together in a new and improved way. At this point, we are closing in on the final stage and are just a few weeks away from being able to move in. Granted, we still have the 1, 3, 5 and 10-year homestead plan ahead of us, but we are super close to having a house that is night and day different from what we started with. I’m definitely looking forward to living at our new address! It’s turning out even better than I had imagined.
So much of February was a TOTAL blur. If I had to sum it up in one word it would be painting. We painted our booties off and there is still more to do. I’m here to tell ya, painting an entire house is not easy. We’ve painted ceilings, floors, baseboards, windows, trim, shelves, and more! At this point, I would say we are about 85% done with painting. The big thing left is doors.The first 2 weeks of February were a mad dash to finish up all of the logistical details to get us ready to move in. We literally had windows being installed the day before our storage containers arrived. It was a tight crunch and I was barely sleeping but we moved in 6 weeks ahead of my original timeline and 2 weeks ahead of my contractor’s original timeline. Boy, it was a whirlwind but I honestly enjoyed every bit of this process.
We’ve been here about 6 weeks and it just gets better and better every day. It has been exquisitely functional for our needs. There were so many times in the building process that I would have to make a decision and thought “Eek, I sure hope this works out.” I haven’t regretted a single decision so far!
My mom came at the beginning of the month and helped me decorate and now it feels super homey. We went from wood to a house and now we have a home. My style is what I would refer to as “minimal.” If it doesn’t serve a purpose and a function, I don’t really see the point in owning it. Stuff on walls or sitting on tables? It’s all “pretty crap” if you ask me.
We worked so hard to make this home beautiful so I new the decor was a necessary evil to complete the look. Just so you know, decorating is HARD work! Mom and I shopped til we dropped two days in a row and got the majority of our entire house decorated in ONE weekend. Whew! Turns out I actually like “pretty crap” after all. Each room is transforming as we add little touches of decor here and there. It’s still pretty minimal but it’s just enough and I might be biased, but, I think it’s gorgeous! I have never in my life owned a home that I thought was magazine worthy. The BFF will never be featured in Southern Living (because we, um, LIVE here – and, also, my 10 year old is a tiny hoarder) but it’s closer than I’ve ever been before so I’ll take it. ?
My Dad came a few weeks later and helped us with some outdoor projects. My hammock is my new happy place (seriously, it’s divine) and Skylar has a tree swing. He even transplanted 6 elderberry bushes straight from the Circle S Ranch. Yes, that’s right, my family has a thing for naming our properties. We also finished up the chicken coop. Having chickens has been on my list forever ’cause we eat a lot of eggs!
I went with Dad to “see a man about some chickens” and brought 9 hens back to Nashville. It was fine until about Huntsville and then my car smelled like a barnyard for the next 2 hours. Lawsy mercy. I’m sure that story will be one of many in my adventures of chicken farming. Our coop really only has room for 6 so we adopted out 3 of them to my friend Sarah at The FancyPants Farmyard. All of the chickens are settling in rather nicely. In fact, they’ve already given us a dozen eggs.
We closed out our construction loan this month, which signaled the end of our first year at the BFF. So much has changed. We’ve worked so hard to create this beautiful, perfect-for-us home! Now on to the 3 year plan.