Unfortunately, finding the perfect home was more difficult than they imagined. They ran into all the obstacles that most home buyers on a budget run into – not the right neighborhood, not enough square footage, no yard, a total fixer upper.
After a couple of months searching, we heard a home was soon going to be put on the market in my neighborhood that was within their budget and the square footage they were looking for. Now what I failed to mention is the house is 10 houses away from my home! So as you can imagine, my heart was set on them getting that house! My mama bear dreams were coming true!! Even though we still hadn't seen the interior, the exterior and curb appeal was very nice and I just knew it would work out perfect for them (I felt it in my heart)! My current home was a fixer upper and hadn't been updated since it was built in 1986. My husband and I (with a lot of tlc) turned it into our dream home. I knew we could help my son and daughter-in-law do the same with this seeming diamond in the rough. After having my son's real estate agent bug the current owner for a preview showing of the home before it was officially listed, and asking the neighbors of the current homeowners to call them and put in a good word for my son and daughter-in-law – and let's not forget my son putting together a strong offer – THEY GOT THE HOUSE!
As we suspected, the house did need some updates. Although it had a fresh coat of paint and some minor cosmetic updates, it really hadn't been renovated since it was built in 1986.
Since they stayed under their home buying budget, they had an additional $30k to set aside for renovations and furniture. Once they opened their 30-day escrow my son started to get all his contractors ready to go while my daughter-in-law and I gathered all our renovation and design inspiration. The day after they received their keys, they jumped right in and the renovation journey began! They wanted to do as much of the remodel as possible before they physically moved in.
They wanted a timeless white kitchen that was functional, simple, and had a classic design with minimal decor. Incorporating the Zia pendant light fixture was a perfect way to add a little something special to the space to help keep that classic, clean feel.
Once the fireplace was completed and the built-in shelf in the corner was removed, the space felt more open and bright.
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