I didn't grow up in a house where HGTV was always on or with a mom that changed pillow covers out with the seasons. Our house stayed most of my life, for the most part, looking the same. I remember in my mid-teens my mom decided to freshen up the kitchen by painting it pink (It was the 90's) came home and started painting. The only problem she started painting mid-afternoon and well into the night by the time she finished it was probably around midnight. We all woke up the next morning to a kitchen that looked like dusty rose had thrown up everywhere. They re-painted the next day and that was the end of that. I did, however, have a dad who was a builder, he built most of the houses in our small little town including the one I grew up in. Watching my mom and dad become a team to build a house together from the ground up was something at the time I didn't think much of. Seemed like that's what all families did. Not until later in life when my husband and I took on our first rehab/renovation project together did I finally understand. It's not for the faint of heart or the faint of a marriage. I think it's easily underestimated in today's T.V world which will show an entire house renovation or flip in 30 minutes and we are filled with before & after images that make it seem like the process is so seamless. When I started this blog I knew right away I wanted to steer clear of projecting only those images instead my hope is this more of a process blog, what it's like working day to day, waking up in the morning in a house with no flooring or bathrooms haha been there done that. This life isn't for everyone and I have some days where I think it's not for me either. I will be in the middle of finishing something important and will have kids at my feet asking for dinner, three loads of laundry stacked up, and a garden that needs attention. It's not an easy road by any means, but it's a rewarding one. Appreciating things you probably would have never notice in the past. As a realtor especially having the opportunity to walk through so many people's homes and I now take the time to really look around. How do they decorate, what finishes did they choose what colors are the walls? These are things that people put their hearts and souls into to express themselves it's not always a total house rehab sometimes it's paint colors, bathroom curtains, and light fixtures but even minor changes have a process. I believe what the ultimate end goal comes down to is turning a house into a home, how we get there is half the fun.
I look around my house and see my husband and myself in every choice we made. This house now represents our personality and who we are. I needed our house to be comfortable , for people to walk in and be able to make their selves at home. To sink into a chair and enjoy a book or grab a pillow on the ground and play a game of UNO. There are many other ways of renovation. I have friends who have a contractor who get a set of options and choose what they like best. At the end they move into a house that was pieced together by choices , those choices made it a home. Don't think for one second building a home that way is any less stressful either. I do look back and see how far I have personally come. My style and taste has changed is ever changing , I've learned you don't have to be just one thing and stay with it you're allowed to change your mind whenever you want. I've learned to trust the process and in every renovation there are steps whether you know it or not, not having patience or skipping steps will result in wasted time and wasted money. Last most important thing is Don't settle. If you settle you will never be 100% satisfied. There were many projects I knew that I wanted and I wouldn't budge , I was willing to put in any work that was needed to figure out how to make it happen but they wouldn't have turned out half as good if I would have just settled on the easy route.
HI, I'm Meagan -aka Meg, I'm here to share what it's like Living, Working & renovating life on Cape Cod . We're making our house a home one renovation at a time. Home wasn’t built in a day, but the journey is half the fun.