Hard to believe that we have lived here almost 4 years but we have. It has been a slow remodeling process but we have good reasons. Anything we do here is a cash only remodel. I have been a stay at home mom for the last 8 years and we have lived off of one income so that I can be home with our children. We don't have a heavy burden of debt and doing all things with cash has been a rewarding experience. I share these photos to show the current process we are in and how just some small changes can begin to make a huge difference in a home. No matter where you live or what you live in you have the ability to make your home beautiful! Our home is called a double wide and I am on a mission to completely transform this place to the style that I love. Minimal and beautiful.
The above photo is what the fire place looked like when we moved into the home. It sat at an angle and took up so much space. So we knocked the wall down and moved it back about 3 feet. This made our living room 3 feet larger and our master bedroom 3 feet smaller. I have never been one to understand a huge master bedroom anyway. We simply sleep in there and I would rather have the space for our family and friends be larger in the living room.
Last winter we put in a different wood stove that is much more efficient and as you can tell we still haven't finished the tile work. We are now in the process of laying white pine hardwood flooring that we purchased from Vermillion Flooring in Springfield MO. We chose to go with a #3 grade as I wanted the very rustic look to our flooring.
Don't you just love that faux brick finish from the previous owners? It was one of the first things that we changed by putting up real shiplap boards.
Several weeks ago we got all new windows throughout our home. We will now be able to trim around all the windows and begin the work on the ceilings and trim.
Fancy that tv stand? I am holding out for what I really want and so far I haven't found it. We don't have a lot of storage here and one thing I do miss is having an entry wall closet.
The wall above is called the marriage wall in a double wide home. When the house is moved they have to pull it apart in two sections. This wall is the support wall and it is the one thing that I dislike about our home. It blocks the view of the kitchen and someday I want to have an actual beam put in and this will be removed. This will allow the kitchen, dining room and living room to be one big open space.
God continues to write our story and things have once again changed in our lives. The remodeling process will be getting put on hold as we are making plans to have the home moved within the next year. We have had dreams of being on some land and had several various requirements that needed to be met in order for us to do that. This past week those pieces all fell into place. I will be sharing that part of our story soon. So why put the remodeling on hold? I am slightly concerned that moving the home could cause a little damage to what we have done, however we are going a very short distance of less than a mile and are hoping that this will not happen.
I am often asked would I do this process over again and my answer is yes I would. So many little pieces of our life story have fit perfectly with this home. We have no doubt we are where we are supposed to be. Do I get discouraged with how long the process is taking? Oh sure I do but I know that it is worth it. I can't wait to continue to update the process and share all the new details of the future with you! It's just another little part of my dream coming true.