Here’s a little something that kicked off my crazy over the last year: Wanting a home that has space for a nice shop.
For those of you who are new to this blog, I had my house on the market for six months in 2013, because though I do like the place (and have a put a lot of work and money into making it a nice home), when I bought it 13 years ago I didn’t know I wanted needed a shop. The one major thing (seriously…the one and only major thing) I didn’t touch (other than paint, a new faucet and new appliances), was the kitchen.
That old, barf-board-cabinet-ugly-laminate-counter-broken-tile-floor kitchen was cited time and again as the number-one “problem,” even by potential buyers who otherwise really liked the place.
I hope they weren’t lying. Because since then, I’ve completely redone the space with custom cabinets, butcher-block countertops, a cork floor. But for the few finishing touches I still have to do, it is 100-percent new. (And awfully nice for the price range in which I’ll be listing come March, if I do say so myself.)
So, I hope this spring – early summer at worst – it sells. Then the cats and I can find another run-down house to fix up (I think this is the last house rehab I have in me, so it’s gotta count).
When I bought in 2001, I wanted a working fireplace and a driveway (I got neither). This time, I want a working fireplace, a driveway and appropriate room for a proper shop (and no, Chris, for the last time, I do not think the dining room is appropriate). I’d pass again on the fireplace…assuming there’s room for a wood stove in the shop.
So, my overriding holiday wish for 2014 is that by this time next year, I’m not still moaning about wanting a home shop (pretty sure a lot of you would like me to stop moaning about it, too).
Ideally, said shop would be in a separate building (on the same property) and surrounded by trees…in the inner city neighborhood where I wish to stay, and at a price I can afford. That’s not going to happen (unless the house is condemned, and that may be a pile of paperwork too far).
So a garage, or a large and dry basement with exterior access, would suit me just fine (as long as there’s a working fireplace in the living room).