Now, if you showed me that house today, I wouldn’t even hesitate. Hand me the keys and let’s get to work! I love the opportunity to transform a home and I LOVE small houses! They can bring some unique challenges but there is so much opportunity to get creative and add charm on a small budget.
But, at the time, I had not one ounce of experience with a fixer upper. It wasn’t even on my radar as a thing that people did. We both grew up in rentals and you can’t really do much since someone else owns the property. Most of the time you can’t even paint! Dave grew up surrounded by people that made, built and fixed things. Poor guy had just been dying to get his hands on something of his own to build. And it didn’t take him long to convince me. Although, for the record, I thought he was nuts. As we walked through the house, he was telling me all of the things he wanted to do…take out that doorway, repair that sagging wall, make that doorway bigger, change the flooring, re-trim the house. You know, the cosmetic stuff.