Let’s go back, way back, back in time… The year is 2006, a year out of undergrad, and I’ve been living in an overpriced apartment with my best friend (because moving back with your parents after college is a serious ADJUSTMENT). While randomly chatting with my Grandma about the next rent hike this place was imposing, she suggested I move into my Great Aunt’s vacant house. Her plan was simple – we’d make it livable, pay her minimal rent and the property taxes. I thought this was a SWEET DEAL! Then, I walked in and was transported to the 1960s, where shag carpet, wood paneling, and a tiny baby blue bathroom (the only one in the house) made me second guess the decision.
Making this house habitable set me on a path to understanding and loving home renovations and DIY projects. We figured out how to knock down walls, paint, remodel bathrooms, install flooring, refinish kitchen cabinets, and everything in between.
Fast forward to 2021, and I’m still here! What I thought was a temporary solution to save money was the biggest blessing I’ve ever received. I inherited a property that’s been a staple in our family since it was purchased over 70 years ago. I never imagined I’d be living here for as long as I have (or at all for that matter), and that’s just the way the universe works. One conversation, one good deed, one decision at a time. It took a while for a reason to reveal itself, but this process made it evident that there’s meaning in all situations, even when you aren’t quite sure what it could be.
I knew someday I’d be a homeowner, but I never imagined it happening like this. This blog was created to share stories about my family, my home, and our journey.
Kimberly Watson says
Absolutely love this!!! A perfect example of how family inheritance (in this case real estate assets) can be a major avenue to building generational wealth… And building a family legacy. You took a mustard seed (generous gift from grandma), nurtured it with impeccable style, and now reaping the harvest – the way it’s intended to be. Looking forward to following you in this journey.
Yes, exactly! I’m truly blessed. Thanks for sharing and so glad you’re along for the journey!
The renovation process takes serious courage. Glad that you have documented the Journey for us all to see.
Thanks Will! I honestly didn’t know I had it in me. Thanks for following along!
So impressed with your accomplishments. I echo the sentiments that Mrs. Watson shared. Such a great example of how to create generational wealth, while simultaneously reviving a family home. I cant wait to see what you do next!!
Thanks so much Ramar! You know you were one of the first to go all in on a DIY with us in the old house. DO you remember we installed that laminate IKEA flooring in the living room…lol