The day has come, my friends, to show you our final home tour on our little cottage in the city. It is definitely bittersweet to share this post and video with you, since so much love and hard work has been poured into this home. We were definitely never intending to sell it only a year and a half after we purchased it (if we had known, we never would have bought it in the first place), but opportunities much too grand to let pass by came up that we just had to jump on for the future of our growing family.
I explain in the video a lot of what we did as well as why we finished the basement right before selling, so watch that if you would like more detail.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the video with before photos, an emotional update, and a full home tour of the house at the time of selling.
Upstairs Floor Plan Before and After
Back Bedroom Upstairs
Front “Master” Bedroom Upstairs
Stairway Down to Basement Family Room
Basement Floor Plan Before and After
Basement Family Room
Basement Full Bathroom
Back Basement Bedroom
Front Basement Bedroom
I hope you enjoyed the final home tour! We are very sad to leave this home, especially now that it is almost exactly how I envisioned it would be for us over time as our family grew, but it is just a house and now someone else can enjoy it. We would greatly appreciate prayers for a quick sale close to asking price so we can move on to a new home hopefully before little Celia arrives.
As if this year needs any more craziness, we have gone and added some more crazy to our lives.
We are very excited (and slightly overwhelmed) to announce publicly that . . .
That’s right! We are moving! We grew up in a small town a few hours from where we currently live. We have thought about moving back closer to our families before, but the opportunity had never presented itself. That is, until about a month and a half ago when San received a text from a previous coworker asking if he would be interested in a position as a Sous Chef with another company.
A couple interviews later and now our entire lives are upside down! The end result will be completely worth it, and being pregnant is what really motivated us to jump on this because the idea of raising our daughter and any (hopeful) future children near family is important to us, but the timing is a little less than idea. What about this year has been ideal, though? I’m learning to trust God because he’s just doing some amazing things and I don’t want to stand in his way!
San already started the new job next week and has moved in with my parents who we are so grateful for! They have a large house with a finished basement (which definitely doesn’t feel like a basement at all) that we can call home with a little kitchenette (a small fridge, a sink, and a mini dishwasher), a living room, a bedroom, and an exercise room. The dogs will be quite at home with us down there. As a nanny, I couldn’t just give the standard two week’s notice (well I could have, but I didn’t feel right doing that), so I gave about 5 weeks’ notice. I have to find a job now in the new city, so that is my biggest concern right now. I have a little over two weeks until I am done.
We met with our wonderful realtors a couple weeks ago to run through a few market analyses to see what our home would sell for given different scenarios. Basically, the price we could sell our house at right now with no changes would be about $11,000 more than what we bought it for, but after all the fees of selling, we would only be left with about $2,000. We put a lot more than that into the renovation, so it’s not worth it to us to not make anything back. Plus, we would love to be able to have some extra money to put toward our next house.
We ran a few scenarios, but we ultimately decided on the whole shebang: finishing the basement, and bringing the upstairs to a “finished” standpoint. When we renovated the main level of our house, we turned a legal bedroom (that made no sense – had four doors in it – and was being used as the dining room) into an open dining room to make the floor plan open. By doing that, we took our house from a technical three bedroom/one bath home to a two bedroom/one bath home.
To the main level, we will be:
- Painting all trim/doors/windows white (finished in the kitchen, dining room, and most of the living room)
- Replacing the chandelier in the dining room (finished)
- Replacing the lights in the kitchen (finished)
- Painting the second bedroom walls
- Painting the exterior of the front door a fun color (we are thinking navy)
- Replace the outdoor lights (finished)
- Hire someone to refinish the original hardwood floors
- Patching all holes and repainting certain walls (like the wall that hung the gallery wall, the stair way, and where the shelves and file cabinet were in the entryway)
- Using as much of our own items to stage the house
When the basement is finished, the house will have about 600 or so more square footage, another bathroom, a family room, and two more legal bedrooms. It should sell for A LOT more than we paid for it, and even with the cost of finishing the basement, we should have made our money back and then have plenty extra to put toward a new house.
Here is what the basement floorplan is currently:
The laundry area is on the back wall of the house under the dining room and the utilities (furnace, water heater, etc.) are positioned right about where our upstairs hallway is. There are currently two “bedrooms” already sheetrocked, but they are not legal because only one has a closet, there is only one entry into that area, and there are no egress windows.
Here is the plan for the basement when we are all done with it:
Under our current upstairs living room will be a family room. Behind that will be the bathroom and behind that, the storage/laundry/utilities area. We will add a little hallway off the family room to the two bedrooms. The front bedroom will use the closet that currently has a doorway into the back bedroom (which will be closed up). The back bedroom will then get a brand new closet with only one bifolding door since the electrical panel is on that wall. The two windows on the back of the house have been replaced with the same size vinyl windows. The two windows in the bedrooms that are on the right side of the floorplan will be replaced with 36″x36″ egress windows. Thankfully, our house sits up high, so not much digging will need to be done to add the egress windows – just a lot of cutting cement blocks.
The list for the basement seems almost endless, and I think it’s pretty obvious by the changes in the floorplan that there will be a LOT of work. Thankfully, it is in an unused space and there is not a lot of altering the existing structures, which is what made the upstairs renovation take so long.
I’d like to give a shout out to my amazing parents, by the way! Whenever I say “we will be _____” what I really mean is, “my parents will be _______ and San and I will be helping as much as we are able.” My dad is a contractor and together, my mom and dad have turned an Amish house into a beautiful farmhouse (with added electricity, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, etc.) and have built a house from scratch, with countless other house projects under their belts that I haven’t mentioned, plus all the work my dad has done during his 30 years of carpentry experience. They feel very strongly about helping us live the “American dream” of owning a home, and have helped us build equity through renovating our home. We could never have done the initial renovation without them, and there is no way we could ever even attempt the basement renovation without them. We are very lucky they are not only letting us stay with them, but they are working as quickly as possible during their own spare time to help us make money off our house.
Wish us luck as we get to this new chapter in our life! We hope to update as much as we can, but it certainly won’t be as often as we had been.
It’s definitely been far too long since we have posted, but this has been a very crazy year! We wanted to update with posts for every step along the way during our renovation, but since that took up our weekends and many of our nights, there was really no time to update. Instead of going step-by-step through the renovation (which we might break down a little more in the future if anyone is interested), we are instead showing you the “final” (right, it’s never finished) tour now that the renovation is done and we have it decorated for the holidays.
In this video, I explain what we did as well as what we are planning on doing, because there are still tons of things on our to do list. Coming up soon, we will be posting a rundown list of all the projects dealing with our house, both finished and left to do. Trust me, there are a lot more “to dos” then there are “finished” at this point, but most of the major stuff is out of the way!
Before you view the video, let’s recap what the floor plan looked like when we bought the house:
And this is the house after the renovation:
What we did:
- Removed the stairs between the kitchen and dining room and added new stairs in a “u” shape in the entryway
- Closed in the doorway to the kitchen from the entryway
- Removed part of the wall between the living room and dining room
- Closed in the bathroom-wall closet in the dining room (which will get added to the bathroom later), closed in the dining room doorway to the bedroom hall, and opened up the entire wall between the old stairs and the dining room to make it more open to the kitchen
- Added a buffet where the old stairs used to be
- Added two new cabinets to the kitchen as well as a dishwasher. Painted the cabinets. Replaced the sink, faucet, and countertop.
- Painted all the walls in the living area
- Removed the carpet in the living area
Please don’t mind the random music in the middle of the video. I’m not sure how that happened and didn’t realize it until it was already uploaded.
We are so excited to finally share the results! We have tons of projects planned for this year, but will be tackling them at a slower pace so we hope to update as we go this year!
We would love to know your thoughts on what we have done and what we plan to do. I love being inspired by other people’s ideas and love getting input from others!
I hope you all had a merry Christmas and have an amazing new year!
My childhood was filled with building houses with intricate multi-level floorplans out of Legos, playing house in real houses when my dad (a carpenter) was working on one, and drawing out massive layouts of mansions on paper for my barbies to spend their days. When my dad would come home with a briefcase full of blueprints, I would eagerly ask him to open them up for me to see. This Old House was my show of choice before cartoons and I would choose a decorating book over a children’s book any day. To say that I’ve been house-obsessed since birth would be far from an exaggeration. We closed on our first house on April 29th and we moved in last weekend. We decided to start a blog to share our journey of decorating, renovating, organizing, cooking, and gardening with ideally our family and friends who aren’t closeby to see every change we make, but if others can gain inspiration or amusement from our journey, then even better!
The name, House Made of Marital Glue, comes from something we talk about all the time. I am a love and marriage photographer and write a weekly “Marital Gluesday” post where I discuss anything marriage-related. I came up with the term “marital glue” when I was thinking about all the rituals, routines, and other bonding moments that make marriages strong. We named our blog after this because we are sharing just the daily little things we do together that bring us together. Picking up a paint brush, making a meal, or designing a special piece of art are all types of marital glue that secure us as husband and wife. Our house becomes a home because of all the marital glue holding it together.
Today we are sharing our house’s current floor plan. Notice how I said current, meaning it is not going to stay that way. We have all sorts of crazy amazing plans for our house that will unfold over the next few years, but because owning our first home is a major life dream of ours, we want to document every little change we make starting at the beginning. Currently, our house has three bedrooms, one full bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, a living room, and a hallway. It has a small front porch on the front and just a simple set of stairs off the back into the backyard. The garage (not pictured) is technically “attached” to the house but the door leads to the backyard, so there is no door that connects it to the house. Here is how our house looks right now, just two weeks after closing.
This floor plan is very common in our area – we saw many homes with a very similar layout. The basement is unfinished, but it is huge and just waiting for us to finish it. We plan on adding probably two bedrooms, a family room, and another bathroom down there. We intend on doing some major renovations that would open up the “Dining Room or Bedroom” (it has two closets so it is technically a bedroom, but it is off the kitchen and has a chandelier in it right now) into a real dining area off the kitchen with an entry into the living room as well.
We cannot wait to share the progress! Tell us, what are some renovations you did to make your floor plan more modern or functional for your family?