Our home, more often than not, looks like a construction area! We are always in the middle of some kind of update. In the last 6 years we have taken our living room, dining room, foyer, front stairs, back stairs, kitchen, breakfast nook, family room, home office, laundry room, mudroom, main hall bathroom, downstairs powder room, and three upstairs bedrooms… and gutted them. Gutted every one of them! Room by room we have systematically added hardwood flooring, put up shiplap, rebricked, painted walls, added new toilets and sinks, built open shelves, scraped old wallpaper, installed ready made shelves, tore out carpet, painted stairs, installed cabinets, cut new baseboards and crown molding, installed hardware, and more, more more!
To say we have been busy is a huge understatement. And that was just on the inside of our home! We still have more to work on here at StoneGable. Our master bedroom, sitting room and bath are on the short list to be done. So is our upstairs hallway! Later in 2017, we hope to tackle our guest suite and bathroom. And in a year from now we hope to refinish our second downstairs powder room off the laundry room. When that is done we have transformed every room at StoneGable!
And then we will probably start again. Not a gut, but a “refresh”.
On the Decorating Tips and Tricks podcast today we are talking about FIXING HOME PROBLEM AREAS. Episode 9 is jammed packed with good advice for getting those problem areas in your home fixed. You will want to listen to this podcast to be encouraged and create a plan of attack for one area at a time in your home!
You can listen HERE below. Or go to the word PODCAST below the StoneGable header. You can also get the show notes with information for tackling your home projects there too. Or you can listen on-the-go in itunes or on your android.
I used to think, when I was a very young wife and a decorating novice, that if I could only get one room totally decorated I’d be done with the room. FOREVER! What was I thinking? If you love decorating are you really ever done?
And a house is always in need of upkeep. I learned this lesson in a very real and poignant way!
This is a story of a once-loved home…
A beloved member of our family lived in a home for 40 years and never did any upkeep. A little paint here and there and a new roof and furnace but that was all. This was a party house in its heyday. A home that loved people and people loved being there too. The home sat on the edge of a Country Club golf course and the views were stunning.
But after a couple decades, people no longer loved coming to the house. It became very rundown! The carpets smelled of pets, and the water was a little rusty when it first came out of the faucets. The windows didn’t work well and the screen on the back porch was rusty and riddled with holes from years of neglect. The house became dark and unloved! And it became a sad, sad home! The owner had the money but did not make upkeeping the home a priority. And by the time things got to a crisis the list of to-do’s were far too overwhelming!
One day the owner died and the home was bought by someone else who “razed” it. Demolished it to the ground. The memories the home held in its walls scattered into the dust. No music from the past echoed in its hallway and no children’s laughter was heard in the yard. The land was valuable, but the home was not. It had been crying for decades for a facelift, an ongoing schedule of repairs, an update and more!
I wept for the house and the people who lived in it and all the wonderful times we had there. But it was beyond repair.
This was a huge lesson to me. Bobby and I try to “keep up with” our beloved home. And it’s not easy. Let’s say it’s a labor of love! We do the lion’s share of work and we are not naturally born DIYers. Sorta DIYers out of need. Working on home projects saves money. That is the bottom line. But there is a wonderful satisfaction that comes along with a job you do yourself! I think I love my home more because of it.
Keeping up with a home takes a whole lot less money than waiting until things get critical!!!!
We don’t want to have a sad home that someone will “raze” to the ground someday! We want a home that is comfortable and welcoming and well cared for. We want our walls to reverberate with our memories and keep them safe for us. We want are halls to sing songs we danced the night away to. And we want our yard to be filled with three generations of laughter and fun and games and love! When we are gone from our beloved StoneGable we want the new owners to make it their own and feel the memories and music and laughter and love that was built into our home! We hope they will continue to build upon StoneGable’s legacy of welcoming all!
Right now I have 27 boxes of hardwood flooring in our bedroom and sitting room. It’s a big mess. But it is a sign of things to come! I’m ready Bobby! Gather the family and let’s get started on our next room gut! Let’s make StoneGable a happy home for generations and generations!
I can just smell the aroma of freshly cut wood!
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