In a whirlwind 30 days, we saw and bought an 1893 farmhouse in Southern NH. 100 miles away from our friends and the past 8 years of familiarity. But we were now less than 2 miles away from my family and we OWNED a home with over 2300 SQ feet without breaking the bank.
My husband and I are habitual HGTV lovers. HGTV’s House Hunters was on TV when I was delivering my daughter! We had been looking at houses for over 2 years around the Boston area. The market is just stupid. It’s so EXPENSIVE and the properties are so small or in poor shape. Moving away from the city meant we could afford something reasonable but being away from our friends and the lifestyle we knew. When the opportunity to move to NH presented itself, it honestly made the most sense for us. It was a home we could afford and we loved the charm of it. We also knew we were going to need the support of my family with our new daughter, and we wanted her to be able to see them as much as possible. And even though we moved away from our friends, we have gone to Boston at least one weekend a month to visit them and they have made visits to us (which is less than a 2-hour drive from the heart of the city).
We love the outdoors, and my asthma loves the fresh air. I love being away from the stress of the city. Having the grocery store be at least 20 minutes away (and longer with a toddler who doesn’t want to get in her car seat), means more creativity in the kitchen. Our house is over 100 years old, and the kitchen was stuck in the 70s. We have already put a ton of heart, soul, and creativity into it this past year, and plan on a lot more.
Over the next year, I’ll share our renovation projects, our crazy ideas, and the ways we try to improve a 100+ year old house without breaking the bank. I’ll also share some of the projects we took on over the last year, including renovating our kitchen with red countertops, the horror!