Renovation: Getting started

Welcome to my home addition blog. Although my husband, Jim, and I are preparing to break ground on our 1800+ square foot addition in the next month, it has been a long process to get to this point. Ths blog will describe the steps we took to get to this point and our progress as we move forward this winter.

We bought our 1940 colonial in May 2002. It's in very good condition considering its age and we are only the third owners! The second owners lived here for nearly 50 years and raised 4 children so I guess we shouldn't be complaining about the space. This is our first house and it was love at first sight - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (sort of) and a flat yard. It was not in our original target neighborhod but this one was in our price range, on a nice residential street, close to the metro bus stop, and walking distance to several restaurants, stores, and pharmacies. It's our first house and we still love it, but it just needs more space to take us through the next phase of our lives.

We spent the first 5 years here fixing it up cosmetically. We painted every room in the house, built bookshelves in the living room and upstairs office, ripped out carpeting, and fixed up the kitchen on a shoestring budget.

Although we always dreamed of adding on, we took our time to think about what we wanted to do and whether it would be worth it in the long term. It was a nice luxury because the house was in good condition and only needed cosmetic upgrades. We were also able to build equity in the house which will hopefully come in handy as we secure financing (more on that later).

Over the next year or so, I plan to write about about how we got to where we are now with our planning and the progress. Hope you join me for the trip.