Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.
— Irina Shayk

Six months ago today we signed the papers and officially bought our first house! It was such an insane process, especially as small business owners. A little ways into it our mortgage guy told us he thought we were in the witness protection program because our lives were so all over the place! But we made it through with only a few hold ups, and here we are, living the new american dream: renovating a 'fixer upper'. 

Stats time! Our house was built in 1970 and about 10 years ago the garage was converted into a 'mother-in-law' suite. In total it's 1398 square feet with a main room that serves as our entryway/living room/dining room/kitchen, two baths, four (now three) bedrooms, and a laundry room. When we bought it the fourth bedroom was in the converted garage and hardly big enough to hold a single bed, so we knocked down the wall and are in process of turning it into a master suite. As of right now our main room is the only part of the renovation done and we're about a month out from finishing the other half.

I'm excited to share with you all how our main living space has turned out. With help from our friends Molly and Aymee over at Light & Dwell we were able to really change our house into a home that's perfectly 'us'! We did all the renovations ourselves with only a few bumps and bruises along the way (like that time I hammered my finger when we were installing the floor, ouch!). Molly and Aymee really worked with our budget, Collin's dad, Tom, made it all come together with his massive amount of know-how, my dad, Pat, painted everything, and my mom, Susan, and mother-in-law Meg helped immensely with the kids! It really was a collective effort at the end of the day, it takes a village right?

I didn't realize going into all of this how precious the process would be or how satisfied I'd feel writing our mortgage check every month. We've spent the last three years building out our shops, and as much as I love them, they're not 'mine'; they're our customers, our staff, our communities. Having a place for my family to be together in such an intentional and somewhat private way has been a welcomed blessing in my life and something I didn't know I was missing. I'm so glad we waited to buy our first home, that we didn't rush into it when we were younger and because we felt obligated to. Everyone's path to homeownership should look different, there's no point in comparing one person's journey to the next. Ten years into our marriage with two kids and two businesses, the timing couldn't have been better for us. Enjoy the before and after pictures of my Schneidhaus, hope they're encouraging to you in your own renovations. Trust me, if we can do it, so can you! 

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You can check out Light & Dwell's post about our home here.