My real home is a smallish bungalow in Central Austin. Our neighborhood was built out in the 1940s – modest houses built during the post-war boom. Now, 70 years later the semi-urban neighborhood is a mix — houses that have been remodeled & renovated, torn down and rebuilt … or completely left alone. Some are grand and modern, others are small and dated. Many, like ours, lie somewhere in the middle.
We bought our home 8 years ago, and I immediately fell in love with the central neighborhood, large shady lot, and “big-enough” house. Part of the home had already been updated and opened up, which was a huge attraction for us. We moved in and immediately started saving to remodel the rest of the home.
The remodeling took place in 2 separate stages, five years apart. Long story short – we’ve basically redone the entire house and added a casita / studio out back. We are not DIY folks (well – except for most of the design work;), and the footprint of our main house remains unchanged; still the process of remodeling was incredibly long and complicated. It taught me more than I could have ever imagined, and has created a deep appreciation amongst our family of this place we call home.
So, I’m glad you’re here, and I’m looking forward to reflecting and sharing more of my home story with you here on this blog. Like any real home remodels or renovations, our ideas were curbed by budget, lot constraints, and city codes, but overall, we made the best decisions we could for our family – and brought our version of bliss to life!