we sold big green

Friends, last week we officially handed over the keys to Big Green. After owning it for (one week shy of) three years, it became the longest that we had owned any home. So much happened during that time. We moved in when Remy was six months old. We said goodbye to a dog. We said goodbye to a baby. We welcomed a baby. We celebrated birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Christmases, Easters, and more. Geoffrey changed careers. I became a stay-at-home parent. We made friends. We vacationed a little. We learned a lot.

Mostly, I would say that we did renovations. Oh my goodness, how we renovated. It began with a new mailbox. That year, we also put wallpaper in the back porch and made over Remy’s room.

In 2017 we attempted Remy’s room again, revamped the bathroom, renovated the upstairs hallway, did Remy’s room for the third and final time, our front porch, the main floor hallway, the back porch again, and backyard.

In 2018 we started by redoing the dining room, living room, kitchen, then a little of everything when I was pregnant and nesting, and finally our master bedroom. We ended up tackling every room in our home, as well as the exterior. The only area we didn’t get to was the unfinished basement. Hopefully the next owners can renovate it, thus completing the total home makeover.

In 2019, when Wilder was only three months old, we listed Big Green and moved into our current home. In the end we realized that we are not city people. We both grew up on acreages and farms, moved back to an acreage after getting married, and then finally bought our own this year. We belong in the country.

I will forever love Big Green for what it taught us- even though we experienced hardships within its walls. However, it was a good home and such an incredibly fun project. I will especially miss playing with Remy in her cozy little room.

These were the final listing photographs of our beloved home. I hope that it’s as treasured by its new owners as it was by us. Goodbye, Big Green!

Emory

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planning a home redesign? how to plan the process

When it comes to a dream home, you pretty much have two options; renovating an existing home or building a brand new one from scratch. It can be the time to create a home that is perfect just for you. It can function as you want it to and look just how you have always dreamt. There aren’t any rules, as such, when it comes to how you want your home to be. It is a big project, though. It can take lots of time, money, and preparation. So like with any big project, make sure that you take enough time to plan through it all. If it is planned and budgeted well, it will make the journey much less stressful. So here are some steps that you should take.

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Establish a Budget

First things are first; you need to know what amount you have to be able to plan the design. You might have the money up front to pay for everything. Even so, you want to make sure that it spreads as far as it can. If you will be borrowing from the bank, then they need to see a detailed plan of what you plan to do with the money. So make a plan in detail. Take into account the cost of the land or mortgage, designer fees, and legal fees. Then there are the costs of the materials used and the labor to make them. Using something like a spreadsheet will help a lot as it will be easy to adjust as you go along.

Recruit a Team

There may be a hefty amount of the work that you plan to do yourself. But unless you are a qualified architect, builder, and interior designer, then you might need some professionals to help. So getting a team on board to consult with is key. An architect or remodeler like Art Design Build would be the first person to talk to. You can share your ideas and any plans you initially have. They would be able to help you and let you know what can happen and what wouldn’t work. Then it would be time to consult a building and design team. Interiors can come when everything is a lot closer to being finished.

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Plan, Plan, and Plan!

When it comes to designing your home, the plans need to be made in such intricate detail. You need to know what precisely is happening and when. Think about possibilities of things changing or going wrong. Thinking up some ‘what if’ scenarios is a great way to solve any issues. You don’t want to have to deal with them when they come up. So just have a plan in place, just in case. It is a good idea to ‘go big’ with some of your design ideas too. The sky can be the limit! If you wanted to live in a home like any other, then you could have just bought any other home. You will have a home that is one of a kind. So it is important to go wild a little with some of the ideas. Have some fun and you’ll end up with an amazing, unique home.

** This post has been contributed by Sarah Jones.

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