I live in a society where big houses are the norm. Almost all of my friends have bigger houses than myself with less children to fill the house. Sometimes I think people feel sorry for me. For years people have been asking me when I will move into a bigger house. A bigger house never felt like something I needed or even wanted. Spending a few weeks in Africa made me want it even less and helped me fully understand that it is by no means a necessity. It also helped me realize that bigger houses have nothing to do with how happy a person can be. I just can't believe that people with big houses are happier than people with small houses. It doesn't make any sense. So here I am with five children living in a 1400 SF home in a community where big houses are common. I know that a bigger house won't make me happier and that it is not a necessity. But I also know that it would be fun, and comfortable and would make day to day living a little easier. No more filling the closets full and then closing them quick before everything falls out again. And no more bruises on my legs from bumping into my bed because there is very little room to get around it. I could finally remodel the kitchen and bathroom and maybe, though this would be tough, I could get rid of the swans. The kids would have more space to play inside during months and months and months and months of rain-I'm so sick of the rain! Maybe that's what's pushed me over the edge. Whatever it is, I'm finally ready to give in.
Rick and I are about to commit to a complete remodel/addition to our existing home. We have weighed the pros and cons of moving vs. an addition and have decided we want to stay where we are and add on to the house. We love our neighborhood, our cul-de-sac and our beautiful yard. We love the location and realize that the we could not possibly find better friends. The kids, though I feel they could adapt just fine if we moved, desperately want to stay where we are. They have great friends and love their school.
I NEED YOUR HELP!!! The problem is I am nervous about all the decisions that come with a remodel/addition. I want as much advice as I can possibly get. I plan on using my blog to get your opinions and advice about every little detail. Please help!
Advice for today: Do we move or add on? We are a few days away from putting money into an addition. Before that happens I want to make sure I have explored every other possibility. Is there a reason I shouldn't add on? Does someone out there want to buy my house and if so, is the perfect house out there for me to buy?
Should I just stay in what I have and spend all the extra money traveling the world?
My head has been full with these questions for weeks now and I'm finally ready for answers. Any thoughts you have would be appreciated. Whatever happens, I can feel the Bruno family needs to prepare themselves for a crazy adventure!