After living the first five years of our marriage life in a cramped city apartment, my wife and I were able to save enough money to purchase our dream home. We wanted a vintage style with all the modern conveniences. We looked at a few newer homes and were disappointed with their cookie-cutter appearance and lack of individual charm. Both of us are passionate about home and family, and we wanted to raise our children in a house with character.
After several unsuccessful house viewings, our real estate agent called us one morning about a house that had just come on the market. It was a vintage, cottage style home and it was on four acres of prime property. When we walked into the house, we knew that we were home. We had always wanted a home with good bones on which we could put our own personal touches. We discussed it and put in a bid. Two weeks later, we were the proud owners of our own cottage.
Of course, it was a fixer-upper and it needed some cosmetic work. However, the foundation was good and it had a newer roof. We would have to do some updating on the electric and plumbing. One of our best friends was a certified contractor and he would give us a good deal on the big stuff. My wife and I could do some of the smaller fixes.
The exterior was in pretty good shape and just needed a coat of paint. We chose off-white with burgundy trim and shutters. After we did some scraping, we found out that it was the house’s original colors. We wanted to keep things the same. Fortunately, there was no termites and no signs of termite damage. The front porch got new railings and a fresh coat of paint. The landscaping of cactuses and other succulents made a great curb appeal.
There were a few things that needed to be done for the interior of our new house. We liked the floor plan and did not have to bust out any walls. There were places where we had to put new dry wall and do some spackling. My wife chose neutral colors throughout the house that would allow for easy changes in design. We refinished the beautiful hardwood floors and had a blank canvas for creating our home.
One of the main thing we agreed on was how much we loved the French provincial style and that we wanted to incorporate up-cycled elements into our design. We took the furniture we already had and built our theme around it. We got on the Internet and learned how easy it is to take used furniture and distress it for the look we wanted. Our hunts were profitable and flea markets, thrift stores, and tag sales. We even found some things for free.
Most people will say the heart of the home is the kitchen, and we believe it. Our kitchen had been completely gutted and we were ready to design what we wanted. A friend recommended that we go to Signature Kitchen and Bath in Phoenix, and we are glad we did. The friendly and knowledgeable staff put us at ease and showed us how they could build our dream kitchen.
With their virtual design system, we could tell them our budget and what we wanted. With the click of a mouse, they were able to show us three-dimensional designs. They could show us color schemes, different cabinet styles, floorings, and counter top options. They were able to show us what it was going to look like right on the computer screen.
They advised us on the best ways of optimizing our space what we could do with our budget and building schedule. They work with scores of wholesale dealers and could get us the best quality items for the money. They helped us plan every detail, clear down to a well-organized spice drawer and cabinet knobs.
During the whole building phase, our project manager kept us informed of each process and made us feel part of building our kitchen. Now, we gladly open our home to entertain family and friends. They adore our kitchen and often asked how we did it. We proudly recommend Signature Kitchen and Bath in Phoenix, Arizona. They helped make our dream home a reality.