We have done it – the contract is signed, deposits are paid, we are redoing our kitchen. I have put up with its non-storage for 12 years, and it is time.
My husband Tom had bought this house before we met. He knew it needed work, but it is in a great neighborhood, across from a park and for the price, he couldn’t pass it up. Because he had bought it with his ex-wife, he asked if I wanted to sell it and buy something new. I thought about it and said No, we know the pains of this house, we could end up with something awful. I am certainly glad I did, since it was at the height of the housing bubble and we would have been underwater on it in months.
But there are more reasons we kept the house. First of all, it fulfills a want I have dreamed about as a child. I always wanted to live within walking distance of a cool, fun downtown. And I certainly couldn’t ask for more than Ferndale, MI has to offer. It has a vibrate downtown with restaurants, bars, shops and lots of fun people who hang out here. It is a very diverse and open community where people do watch out for each other. Our neighbors on either side are helpful and friendly. We even exchange Christmas gifts every year. And we are across from a park…ie Doggie TV.
This house also has great character. Built in the late 40’s it has plaster walls, hardwood floors, coved ceilings, oddly lots of windows and an upstairs big bedroom that also needs work, but that is another story. The bathroom needs a gut job too, but hey, one thing at a time.
We always have wanted to redo the kitchen, but I didn’t want to do it partway. Unfortunately we never had the money to do it all at once, and we have learned that doing things in pieces doesn’t work very well. So we had to wait. And now we are in a place to make this happen.
So soon, I will be a cook and foodie that has an awesome kitchen!