That’s right! At the very end of last year, we made the jump from Manhattan to the suburbs and closed on a new home about 20 miles from the city. We moved in about a month ago but it’s been such a whirlwind January (read about that here), I haven’t had a chance to share a bit of the background.
As you probably know, T-man and I owned a beautifully renovated ranch-style house in Denver. We adored our first home and feeling that sense of ownership but it was honestly pretty tough some days. We had no idea what we were doing half the time. Once, we trimmed some ugly bushes in our yard only to make them worse and subsequently rip them out at the roots. We never did replace them… It was frustrating and hilarious. Our basement flooded while we were on vacation, resulting in a ton of unexpected bills and weeks of trying to resolve the problem. But we also made it ours, worked as a team to tackle every project, hosted friends and family and learned so SO much.
When we moved back to NYC, we opted for a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan but I think we always knew it was only a matter of time (and research) before we wanted another house. Earlier this fall, we felt the familiar itch. We wanted our own outdoor space. More windows and closets and breathing room. And yes, a bit of quiet time. And we wanted to make a home again, not just squeeze ourselves into a temporary apartment.
We quickly narrowed our search to a few “train towns” which have their own downtown areas, easy access to NYC, and yet are reasonably affordable and semi-suburban. Shortly after we started looking in earnest, we found our house. Built in the early 1900’s, it still has some of the original bones but with a renovated kitchen (so much white subway tile and quartz counters) and a landscaped yard and patio.
It’s only been a handful of weeks but we’ve tackled a number of big and small projects. Being so close to family has made a big difference — our parents helped us paint two bedrooms, demo’ed one closet and even installed a garage door opener. And since we have about +1,000 sq. ft. more space, we are slowly but surely adding some key furniture pieces to the spaces we use most often.
But for everyone one project we complete, we have at least three new ideas to add to our list. Does anyone else feel the same about where they live? We are loving it but our Todoist list has never been longer! I can already tell this year will be about balancing our time with many house projects and being choiceful with our budget for projects and improvements (and okay, decor too!).
I hope you’ll stick around for the journey with us. I’d love to share it, hear your thoughts, and chat about making a house a home more often.
Since our house is located at number 2 and it’s our second home, we’re fondly calling this the #no2project.
External house photos by Amy Moore Photography
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