We Bought a New House!

A French farmhouse inspired renovation story.

Home sweet home!

After four months of searching, and then another two months of waiting for the close date – we finally, finally got the keys to our new home.

It took a long while to find this house because we looked high and low for a home with a few specific qualities:

  • Good bones – Tom and I like to renovate and we’re no strangers to remodeling and design. Our first home was a fixer upper to say the least, which we loved and spent many hours making it perfect for us. For this home, we knew that we wanted to remodel again to make it a custom fit  for our family. Making sure the basic “bones” of the house were good, like the layout, room sizes, and structure, was important when searching.
  • Location – our dream home is a farmhouse on a lovely piece of land with some chickens, maybe even a little goat, and plenty of room for my gardens. We’re not at the dream home stage, but this home is definitely more country and not too far at all from farm life. I counted the other day while driving out to the house: there are five barns on the way. That’s country enough for me for now anyway.
  • Plenty of space– we came from a 1000 sq ft. ranch style home (not including the finished basement), so having space was important. This home has five big bedrooms, which leaves us enough room for a nice office for me (at last!) along with an exercise room (needed!). We were also intent on having enough bedrooms for our family of five. The boys still want to share a room, but at least they have the option later down the road to separate if they change their minds.

A French farmhouse inspired renovation story.

I shared a little about our new home here last week when I posted the boys’ design board I made for their new room. They are pretty excited to sleep on a second floor!

The feel of this house is different than our last one, or maybe my own decorating styles are changing, but after we took all the wall décor down to move, I put it away in storage. I’d like to start fresh in this new home and explore a few new design elements that seem right for the space.

This house has a more refined feel to it, if that makes sense. Maybe it’s the diamond paned windows, but I feel like the space calls for a French flair, while still holding on to a comfortable, unfussy farmhouse vibe that works for our busy, boisterous family.

These are the bay windows in the living room. The light is so pretty in here.

A French farmhouse inspired renovation story.

The living room, dining room, and kitchen are undergoing major renovations first including refinishing and restaining the hardwoods on the first two floors, replacing the carpet runner on the stairs, new recessed lighting in the living room, a new chandelier, along with replacing the window in the dining room with sliders out to a new paver patio. Whew – It’s going to be a busy summer!

A French farmhouse inspired renovation story.

The kitchen is getting a full gut this summer, too: new cabinets, appliances, lighting, flooring, and tile, along with a layout change and taking down a wall.

This is projected to take 3-5 weeks. That’s a really long time to make three meals a day for three kids all summer long. Hold me.

A French farmhouse inspired renovation story.

To make these updates more manageable for our family, we’re planning a three stage renovation.

Stage 1 Renovations: main living area, dining room, kitchen, patio

Stage 2 Renovations: Three bathrooms and laundry room

Stage 3 Renovations: Family room, landscaping 

Our creative juices are bubbling over, and I can’t wait to share all the design boards, projects, and fun here soon! In the meantime, you can follow along and see daily pictures on my Instagram here, and hang here with me on Pinterest, where I’ve been spending more time than I will admit to!

Most of all, Tom and I are feeling so thankful for this new chapter and the chance to make memories here with our loved ones. Thanks for joining us on the adventure!

Love Norah Pritchard

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