When I started searching for houses after my divorce, my goal was a farm. At least 2 acres, a place for chickens, a barn, a garden and maybe a horse, or at least a goat. As the birth of Miss Gracie neared, I knew that wasn't going to be attainable at the time. So I settled for a small plot of land (less than 1/3 acre) in a subdivision outside of Bonney Lake. (For those who know me personally, you know this house is about 200 feet from the house I grew up in). The house isn't big. The lot isn't big. But we definitely have some big plans for it. My goal is to document those things here. A few of the plans we have are:
There's a spot on the side of our home that is perfect size for a greenhouse and garden. Last year I received some beautiful raised planters from a wonderful client of mine, Chuck's Planter Boxes, who also happens to be the maker of the two planters on my front porch. These will be placed in the greenhouse when it's built.
One of the downsides of rushing through home buying is that I didn't consider the fact my house plan didn't include a pantry or mudroom. Instead there's a small back hallway that's taken up by the washer and dryer, which isn't big enough for the two very large dogs we have to get in out of the rain. So plans are being made for a mud room off the back of the house, where the washer and dryer will move and space for the pups to come in out of the cold will be made. The current back hall will be converted to a walk through pantry.
Really this is more like a simple "face lift" for my kitchen. Eventually I would love to fully replace the kitchen, but for now I'm focused on a better faucet for my sink, a locking wine cabinet in the island, and replacing the lighting fixtures to help with my food photos.
In an effort to bring a little more country to our suburban home, the front porch will be replaced with a large covered front deck and stairs the length of the deck leading up to the front door. Some place to put a small porch swing, my small planter boxes and a beautiful welcoming entrance.
One day, we will probably sell this adorable little place, but right now, we're going to make it the perfect little home.