The Small Town, New Housing Market
When I think of small towns, I tend to think of dirt cheap, turn of the century, character houses. After all, we have whole design shows about just that. While that was certainly true with our first house, in a town a bit bigger it certainly is not the case here. Don’t get me wrong. There certainly are many gorgeous old homes, but we didn’t luck out with one available when we were searching… generally beautiful old homes in this area are purchased within days of being on market for well more than they are worth. This house is not one of them.
Welcome to our small, very brown ranch. To put it into perspective, our first home that we also fixed up was a turn of the century two story craftsman. Beautiful inside and out. It took a lot of elbow grease but we had that home singing and shining in all of it’s glory by the time we made the decision to move. Did we move because of the house? Absolutely, not. We made the move to close the massive gap of travel my husband was making. Eighty miles everyday on twisty, hilly, no shoulder roads does that… makes you need to not make that drive after 3.5 years. And our marriage and family is more important than that beautiful, old home.
Now instead of the 40 minute commute, my husband drives down the hill, past the football field to his classroom everyday. It’s definitely a major blessing from God to be able to see him more as our little family settles into our tiny, new to us dwelling.
To be honest, the move although easier on our family has not been easy for me. I am not a huge fan of homes built in the 1970s. They just aren’t built with quality materials and have little to no historical character. What else am I not fond of? The color brown. Don’t get me wrong brown has it’s place. It’s a neutral, after all. But when I say brown… everything. is. brown. in. this. house. Brown walls, brown floors, vents, outlets (who paints an outlet?), cabinets, counter tops… You get my drift, right?
Brown everything. This includes the pallet wood backsplash in the kitchen.
Pallet. Wood. I totally get the trend of pallet wood and reclaimed wood. It can be so lovely if done correctly. And in the correct area of your home. A kitchen backsplash that contains porous, un-sanded, rough, pallet wood…NOT SO MUCH.
I totally get it. It was an inexpensive, DIY. However, I believe there weren’t a lot of thoughts about the implications of the finished product. Maybe it’s the mama in me, I see food and grease stains, a MASSIVE fire hazard, splinters, incorrect installation of countertops (literally they aren’t even attached), and so much more. Don’t get me wrong. I am totally for working in your means, being under budget, and not using debt to fund a project. After all, this is what this site is about! But this site is also about doing your homework.
Hope to Come
The list of imperfections is long. But the list of beautiful finishes we will be able to do brings my heart hope. It gives my soul peace on this present earth, knowing that there are possibilities. And knowing that this isn’t necessarily our forever home. But we want to make it just that, HOME for now.
I hope you stick around this website. I will be updating our renovations, adding tutorials, DIY projects and hopefully teaming up with some awesome small businesses to offer YOU some great products and solutions for YOUR home, family, and life!