So, we’re living in a rental and looking for a new house to buy. Don’t get me wrong, not having a mortgage is pretty hot, but the rental is actually a teeny bit smaller than the house that we just sold because we needed more room, so we’re a little bit ready to say farewell to the In-Between House and fall in love with our Forever House.
We’re hoping to find a home we super, super love and stay there for 20+ years, or at least until the kids are all out of the nest, or at least at least until the sky falls–whichever comes first. So I’m bringing the noise and the picky to this house-hunting party. Are you picking up what I’m putting down?
In our searches, we found this one:
It’s a modern house on a wooded lot in a good neighborhood. We like the exterior a lot, and love that it’s got a late-70s-contemporary thing going on, but still feels a little like a tree house. Lots of windows, plenty of light, that kind of thing.
Sadly, in 2000, the owners (who are the original owners, and quite frankly should have known better) did a remodel and made it all…like this. SUPER traditional. Moulding, woodwork, trim, whatever you want to call it: it’s everywhere. Every floor-to-ceiling window, every nook and cranny, the two-story bookcase, the stairs. All very, very traditional. The work is exceedingly well done, and actually very pretty–it just SO doesn’t look like it belongs in a house with this exterior. The mismatch is giving me a hard time.
Now, I should say out loud that there is no house in the world that is turn-key ready for me. There just isn’t–most of us want to put our own stamp on a home, and if you’re at all crafty or DIYey, you’ll have that compulsion more strongly than others. So for me, I don’t want to buy a house–no matter how great a deal it is, because we
are prepared to super low-ball these people made a huge lowball offer–unless I know it can be the house I want it to be.
My question is: what would you do? I mean, this all might be a rhetorical exercise anyway, since they
could very well completely and somewhat rudely rejected our offer (we put THREE on the last house I loved, and lost it every time, so it’s totally within the realm of reason that seemed almost certain we wouldn’t get this one, either). But ignoring issues of budget or time or skill, if you were to buy a house like this one, what would you do to make the insides match the outsides??