In November of 2012 our persistence and patience paid off. We had been patiently driving through the well-established Champions area for two years looking for our dream house.
On this particular day, we stumbled onto a 7200 square foot luxury home (with an additional 2700 square feet of outdoor living) that was built in 1980. It was a two-story American style home with 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.
I don’t think there was a single fixture, finish, paint color, or design element we would have chosen – inside of the house or out. From the landscaping, to the paint, to the outdated wood paneling, this house needed a complete makeover. And I am almost certain the awkward upstairs layout was the main reason the house stayed on the market for over a year.
I did not see the potential in the house and was quick to cross it off my list. But remarkably my wife quickly embraced all of its quirks and flaws. I didn’t understand it at first, but trusted her intuition. All I knew is that we definitely had our work cut out for us. It didn’t immediately feel like a dream.
Here are some pictures of what the house looked like when we bought it.
You can clearly see it is an older luxury home that needed a lot of tender love and care.
I couldn’t see that one day this ….
would become this ….
Now, I am a believer and living the dream.
Here are a few lessons we learned along the way to finding an affordable luxury home.
1. Don’t judge a house by the color of the paint on the walls and the dirty carpet on the floors.
2. Don’t be afraid to get exactly what you want … in time.
3. Focus on foundational elements – location, quality of construction and overall “bones.”
4. Remember that everything is not a DIY. You must hire the experts when a project is beyond your capabilities (and budget accordingly).
5. Prioritize the required home improvements before you get started.
I will share more on why these lessons are so important in my upcoming posts.