picture from our road trip summer 2013
The clock is running and our time in San Antonio is almost up. I'm not yet ready to announce where we'll be moving on the blog, but we do have a destination. Is it a done deal? Well I guess there's the possibility that things could fall through in the next 5 months, but barring any major curveballs we know where we will be establishing our lives for the next 30 or so years.
It's crazy to make such a long term commitment like this. This is where our kids are going to grow up and in a few years when people ask, So where are you from? We'll most likely say we're from Blahbittyblah and that will feel weird. A few years ago we would have never imagined setting down roots in this place, but we're excited. We feel good about it. Or so we tell ourselves.
I know, I'm such a tease. Patience grasshopper. All will be revealed in time.
In the meantime we're looking at houses and yikes, such a tough process. We have some very specific needs with Lamp and her power chair. Ideally we'd find a one story ranch, or at least a house with a bedroom on the main floor. However, the house also needs to be easy to get a power chair in and out of--that means at least one outside door does not have stairs leading up to the door or there is a reasonable possibility of installing a ramp.
As you can imagine this limits our search quite a bit. So far we've only found one house that meets those standards while also being in a good area/school district. But it's a pretty rough looking house. There is not a single room I wouldn't want to do some work on. I'm all for remodeling and making the house our own--in fact I'd prefer to remodel an older home rather than build a new one. But I wouldn't even know where to start. B and I are definitely DIY type of people--I feel confident that we could do a lot of renovations ourselves, but at this point in our lives I don't think we have the time and desire to take on a full home renovation. So even the idea of hiring a lot of this work out seems stressful. For example the kitchen would need to be gutted in this place... so where do you begin? Who do you call and where do you search? Do you need an architect, an interior designer or a structural engineer? While I have a lot of cool kitchens pinned on Pinterest, I would feel a little overwhelmed trying to create my own space from top to bottom. DIY network makes it look so easy. If not easy, at least doable.
I'd love to hear from those of you with home renovation experience. Have you ever bought a fixer upper (in another state no less)? What did you hire out and what did you do yourselves? Regrets, frustrations, advice? To be honest, I think we're just going to pass on this house, but I feel like I need to start thinking about this stuff!
**Also if any of you out there have a family member in a power chair did you make special accommodations on your home or did you just figure out how to work with your space? (FYI a power chair and a wheelchair are two different things...a power chair is extremely heavy is not something one person can lift on their own.)