I still can’t believe I am typing this out, but we bought ourselves yet another fixer upper!! We had every intention of building our next home; In fact we’ve been working towards that goal for the last 5 years. When we purchased our last home, we knew it was a temporary place from the beginning. Then we got surprised with our little Lo and the house simply just wasn’t going to work for our family of 5. So we listed it with the intention to build!
We had property picked out next to my in-laws and took an announcement photo with the kids. We had even met with and picked our builder, who we absolutely loved! But, it seems God had other plans for us.
Isn’t it amazing how you can spend 5 years planning something only to have those plans change in a moments notice?! The night we got an offer on our house my husband took the back way home from work, which he rarely does because it’s a longer drive. He noticed a new for sale sign on that road. While we were waiting for the offer to come in that night he mentioned the house for sale down the road and showed it to me. As soon as I saw the huge windows & open floor plan I knew I loved it. This place has sooo much potential.
The next morning our agent took us out there to look at it. I remember looking at Justin and saying “less than 24 hours ago we were dead set on building, and now we are walking around a huge fixer upper. We’ve spent the last 5 years working towards building and now that we are actually in a place where we can, here we are looking at the biggest fixer we’ve taken on. What is wrong with us?!” He just looked at me and laughed. I think deep down, we both were a tad worried that we would get bored with a brand new house that was completely finished. There is just something so rewarding about bringing a house back to life!
The house is on just over 6 acres. The first 3/4’s of the property is all trees and then the south facing windows overlook a pond and what will eventually be the front yard. There are birch, maple trees, and even a eucalyptus tree! But the very best part is the view. Once we clean up all of the overgrown trees & brush we will have a 180 view of the Olympic Mountains and even a good view of the winery where we took our wedding photos 7 years ago.
It is in rough shape since it has been neglected for several years, but the bones are solid and the features are beautiful. The exterior needs some details & finishing touches to add visual interest, but once that is done, it’s going to be so pretty!
Below is an inspiration board we are using to decide on the overall look and style of this new home. We are leaning towards a Modern Farmhouse with a touch of European accents like the stone and light wood tones. It’s a toss up on the exterior color though! Light vs Dark – Can you really go wrong with either?! Which is your favorite?
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