Two years ago, my husband and I bought a beautiful old bungalow. Although the many aspects of the house were outdated, we fell in love with the house’s character and charming architectural details. We knew that with a few simple updates (think fresh paint and gorgeous light fixtures), our bungalow would be a total knockout.
Haha!! We soon discovered that our “simple updates” will take significantly more time, money, and energy than we imagined (even though I thought I built in plenty of cushion). We both find house updates to be incredibly fun, but we also don’t want them to interfere with our financial goals. As a result, our long list of “simple” projects is taking quite a bit longer to complete than we had originally hoped #practicepatience
My goal is to complete (or mostly complete) one room each year. At that rate, it will take us several years to get the house where we want it, but it’s a rate that is doable for our budget and for the limited time/energy we have as the parents of a young toddler.
So far, our “completed” rooms are:
To be honest, both the hall and the living room could use a fresh coat of paint to brighten things up, but we have so many other projects that are more pressing — I imagine we won’t get around to painting those rooms for at least a few more years.
As we complete more rooms, I’ll share them on the blog. Of course I hope that you’ll enjoy the design of the rooms, but more importantly, my ultimate goal is that you’ll find inspiration from the financial breakdowns I’ll share for each room. Yes, you read that right — inspiration from numbers. Inspiring, empowering, lovely numbers. Home updates can get very expensive very quickly, but with a good amount of patience, planning, and hard work, you can reduce the costs significantly. And in my experience, a large part of that is really digging into and wrestling with the numbers until you find something that works with your specified budget. My hope is that that instead of encouraging you to spend money you don’t need (or truly want) to spend, my house posts will inspire you to number crunch so that you can intentionally spend your money in a way that doesn’t interfere with your financial goals.
Until next time ❤️
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