Mr. MMM and I LOVE being at home. We love it so much that every time we walk through the door after being out and about I proudly proclaim, “Oh it’s nice to be home!” To which Mr. MMM responds equally excitedly with, “YES it is!” We then proceed to greet our furry housemates, kick off our shoes, and plop down on the couch in unison. Ahh…
We Didn’t Always Love Being At Home
Interestingly enough, we didn’t always love our home. Less than two years ago Mr. MMM and I were singing a different tune. At every turn we found something we didn’t like about our house. We didn’t like that it was all on one floor, we didn’t like that it was so small, we didn’t like that it had vinyl siding – this list could seriously be an entire post. Sadly, in our not-so-distant past, we were scouring our neighborhood in a foolish effort to UPSIZE our home (AKA: increase our expenses).
In order to avoid repeating an earlier post that detailed our narrow escape from financial suicide, I will only mention that before settlement we were both having anxiety attacks (almost not an exaggeration) and nightmares thinking about how much our monthly mortgage and associated household expenditures were going to increase. We were losing weight – and not the healthy way.
How We Changed Our Tunes
We finally breathed a sigh of relief when the home we were contracted to purchase turned out to be riddled with mold. Yay! Since that day, we started to absolutely love our home and low utility bills and realized the freedom it allowed us. We even love our vinyl siding…to the extent vinyl siding can be loved. Not only does our current home bestow upon us the freedom from major expense, but also freedom to relax, freedom to travel (did I mention we took Mini to Disney?! – that’s another post), and freedom to renovate and update our home to our very specific tastes without it costing us any limbs. Side Note: we really like our arms and legs.
Upsizing Our Home Without Upsizing Our Home
If you look closely at our featured image, you can see that we are proudly displaying our hideous orange (not the new black) permit sign in the front window. We are nearly done with a professional basement renovation. A mere two months ago our basement was completely unfinished. Not anymore! Now that we are living well within our means, we were able to devote some of our hard-earned cash to finishing our basement. This will yield us an additional 800 SF of living space – bringing our grand total to…drum roll…about 2100 SF. Granted, most people would want the entirety of that 2100 SF above ground level. Us – we just don’t care. 2100 SF, in any capacity, is more house than we really need. It is going to feel so luxurious to us, and I’m already having mild trepidation over the extra space AND extra house work. Because we resisted lifestyle inflation and kept our expenses low, relative to our salaries, we were able to afford some upgrades and finishes that complement our personal style. It really is an amalgamation of all things US. Did I mention we LOVE our home?
What makes you love your home?
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