If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably noticed my Country Mouse board. I am in a constant city mouse vs. country mouse debate with myself, and I started it two years ago as a place to house all of my bucolic fantasies. Though he loves some time in the country, Pete is a tried and true city mouse so the conversation has really never been about moving full time, but finding a place where we can get away from our hectic work schedules and be with our family.
When we got Harry’s diagnosis, one of the things we learned about his care is that regardless of where he fell on the spectrum and how long he was under medical supervision, flying and altitudes would always be an issue for him. Airports are tough on families, and adding oxygen equipment, and the government regulations that go with the gear, made traveling as a family even less of a reality for us. We started thinking more seriously about finding a place within driving distance that we could get away together- there are tons of great towns and wide open spaces outside of Houston- but we were still pretty shocked to find our little country home within a few months of starting to look!
We wanted some land where the kids could run around, enough space for a few animals and a vegetable garden, and a charming old farmhouse that we could renovate over time. The 1,400 sqft house, which we bought in August, is super charming, and old, but had been recently renovated by the previous owners. That normally would be a plus- they did a really nice job- but I love a project and had a very specific fantasy of what this country house should look like. I talked to our contractors about gutting the kitchen (which was really nice but looked a little newer than what I had in mind), adding on a bedroom and converting another bedroom into two bathrooms (the downstairs has only one full bath you have to walk through the master bedroom and a little nursery to get through), reconfiguring the existing bathroom, and some other fixes throughout. After pricing everything out I finally got a grip and decided on the final project list:
- Add door to front parlor to create fourth downstairs bedroom
- Remove built ins in Master ante-room to make room for bunk beds/crib
- Remove shower in Master, add shower plumbing to tub, larger vanity
- Take space from existing 2nd bedroom and add full bath with hallway access
- Paint kitchen, remove island, replace countertops
We started construction a few weeks ago with the goal of being out there for Thanksgiving. I’ll update y’all on the progress as we go along, I hope everyone had a good weekend!