Buying a home didn’t make sense for us – until it did. Initially we didn’t want to be tied to a specific geographical region, and I am very open to living in any number of cities around the world. Renting felt flexible and forgiving, and the current San Francisco Bay Area real estate market doesn’t present many buying opportunities within our grasp anyhow. Did you know that investors are putting down a million dollars in cash for even the most mediocre of homes here?
If we were going to buy I wanted it to be within easy biking distance of downtown. I didn’t want to commit to 1.2 Million for a dark, out-of-date, place we would be unable to renovate because we drained our savings in order to purchase the lot.
And then a guy in his twenties decides to cash in on his bachelor pad and I started asking myself if I’m up for taking on a massive and extensive home renovation project. No…. scratch that, I’m revising history as I type and I should set the record straight. A more accurate description would be that we bought the house while I was consumed with preparing for my stint at Dev Bootcamp and I didn’t give much thought what I was committing to. What the hell do I know about making over an entire house? I’ve questioned that decision many times since, but we’re in the thick of things and someday in the future when I’m making tacos in my white-on-white-on-white open-floor-plan front room while the kids run around in a backyard we’ve landscaped to the gills I don’t think I’ll ever wish I could go back to my days as a renter.
May I present, the original state of our Ambulatory Abode. So named because the microfiche records at city hall revealed that the house was originally proposed as a kind of ambulatory center for elderly women. Once we’re finished we’ll crack a bottle of champagne over her bow and rechristen her something all our own.
What’s going to change? Everything within the interior minus the garage. Once our floor plans are fully approved by the city (next week?) I’ll share a current+proposed diptych as I think that’s the best way to illustrate how deeply we are gutting the thing. We’ve already put in our order with Lowes for the windows we’ll be putting in and I’ll be kissing that order when it arrives; a giant box full of glorious 8-foot-wide sliding beauties. If you want to see the inspiration guiding my aesthetic choices throughout the various RC House boards I’m curating on Pinterest are like my Bible throughout this process.
Proposed completion date: late 2016.
(I’m working hard not to be too attached to that timeframe as I know it’s unlikely we’ll hit our target. We are lucky to be able to afford to stay in our current rental throughout the renovation process so I don’t need to be heating beans on a hot plate in the bathroom anytime soon.)