We’re starting a new project! It’s not just any project, though. It’s an extra special one because it’s for MY PARENTS! After living in NJ & NY their whole lives, they’re looking for a change of scenery and have decided to move to Columbus this spring. We found them the cutest home that we’ll be updating for them over the next few months. We’re so excited!
My mom and dad considered several locations to retire to over the course of a few years – should they go somewhere warm? Stay in NJ? Find a cute cottage in New England? They ultimately decided on Columbus because of a few reasons:
1 – Cost of Living. Columbus is great because the cost of living is affordable, but it still has the amenities that larger cities have. We found their home in a cute neighborhood about ten minutes to Downtown and five minutes to our house. Paying MUCH less on housing and property taxes than many other places they were considering means they’ll be able to spend their money on travel and enjoying retirement.
2 – Central Location for Travel. I’m one of five, and we all live in a different location. New Hampshire, New Mexico, Italy, Columbus, and NYC. From Columbus, it’s super easy to catch a direct flight to/from NY and Boston, and lots of other places in the country. International flights are a little trickier (most require a layover)… but the trade off is that the airport will be a 10 min drive from their home without having to go on a highway, vs the 1+ hours they have been used to at NYC airports.
3 – Us! Being close to family was super important to my parents. It’ll be fun to have them in the same city for the first time in a long time, and I know Bianca will love having grandparents close by, too.
4 – Things to Do. There’s a lot to do within Cbus, and it’s an easy city to maneuver for both them and anyone visiting them. Beyond Cbus, there’s state parks and more throughout Ohio, and beyond that, Columbus is within a few hours’ drive of other fun destinations in other states.
This house is the cutest! My parents were looking for a home that was comfortable and large enough to host family when they visit, but not too big where they’d have to worry about lots of cleaning, maintenance, and high utility bills. This cape cod is 1.5 stories and has about 1800 sq. ft. of living space on the 1st and 2nd floors. This house is special because the previous owner grew up here, and it’s been in her family for a few generations. She decided to retire in Florida to be closer to some of her family at the same time my parents decided to move to Columbus to be closer to their family.
It’s clear that the home has been so well cared for over the years. It’s the kind of home we had hoped they’d buy — one that has great bones, but just needs cosmetic work. Having a solid base to work from lets us put finishing touches on it without having to undo anyone else’s work first (sooo many flips out there that are clearly flips – you know what I’m talking about?) We want to be respectful of the history here, while also making it a home that my parents will love living in. We’re going to be getting it completely ready for them before they move from NJ in the spring, so we’re all hands on deck until then.
Here’s a little tour of the house and a peek into what we have planned!
This is the first room we’ll be tackling (stay tuned for demo very soon!). The plan is to add millwork, build a mantel, rework the shelves, and remove the soffit. We’ll also replace the surround and convert the wood burning fireplace to gas.
Ohhhh, this kitchen. It’s dark and dated and not entirely functional. The cabinets are painted brown, and that soffit is making the space feel smaller. We’ll be tackling this project from Feb-April and taking you through the entire thing. Can. not. wait. to get our hands on it!
FIRST FLOOR BATHROOM
We’ll be remodeling this bathroom over the next month. The plan is to keep plumbing in its existing locations, but replace everything. We’ll also be converting the tub to a shower and installing a double vanity instead of a single.
First floor bedrooms
There are two bedrooms on the first floor, on on either side of the bathroom. We’ll remove the carpet, refinish hardwoods underneath, replace the closet doors and light fixtures.
This dining room is tricky space because it’s in the middle of traffic flow. We haven’t totally nailed down final plans yet, but molding and a new light fixture are definitely happening!
This was a huge selling point! The room is a great size, and we’re thinking it’ll make a perfect family room. We’re envisioning all new built-ins, widening the doorway into the dining room (french pocket doors?), replace the floors, ceilings, and lighting. The goal is to make it feel cozy and less like a doctor’s office – ha! A huge wish list item here is to replace the windows, but our timeline and budget may not allow for it quite yet. We’ll see.
second floor bathroom + BEDROOM
Let’s start with the bathroom, which is at the top of the stairs over the garage. You wouldn’t be able to tell from this listing photo, but the ceiling height in here is only about 6.5-7′. The whole bathroom feels like it was made for kids — even the toilet and sink are lower than normal. Because of the ceiling height, Bryan & I don’t think it’s worth investing time and money to renovate it. Our current plan is to demo out this bathroom and turn it into a cozy bonus space / office. This room gets THE BEST light.
Turning the corner brings you down a small hallway. In here, we’re planning on adding lots of usable storage into the knee wall space. We’ll also likely take out the wall with the door. It feels like it closes off the room and isn’t really needed because there’s another door at the bottom of the stairs.
Through the door, you enter the 2nd floor bedroom. We’re still figuring out plans up here, but we’d love to vault the ceilings and expose beams to make the room appear larger, smooth out the textured ceiling, and add some molding to the vertical walls.
That’s all for now! We’ll be sharing each project here on the blog, so make sure you’re subscribed to get updates to your inbox. You can sign up by clicking here – it’s quick and easy and free!