We’ve been living in our little cottage house for the past 2 months, so it’s finally time to share the before photos we took before moving in! I’ll be sharing the remodel and design process as we go through each stage. We had been looking for a house with more land so we can add on and build a work studio with guest house on the property. Fortunately, we found one in the neighborhood we love. It has the idyllic country feel to it and the street is full of adorable kids who actually walk to each other’s houses, ride bikes in the street and play all evening! The best part is the freedom Romeo now has to play outside whenever he wants… he also inherited a trampoline, a very cool play structure and a sandbox from the previous owners! He was a very happy kid on moving day!
The house is a small cottage built in the 1930’s that sits on a 1/2 acre. It’s full of charm and character and is very cozy. So far, living in a smaller house hasn’t been an issue at all! I feel like I’m cooking and living in The Wonder Years kitchen and dining nook! It’s even equipped with an original, built-in hutch and a giant lazy Susan, which I’m leaving because it’s so charming! We did have to move a lot of furniture into storage until we build, but haven’t missed any of it. We had a first meeting with our architect this week and we’re SO excited to start the design process!! I’ll share the inspiration photos we gave him soon!
The plan is to start building the barn studio and guest house this year. We’ll have a kitchen in there, for shooting, and I’m excited to finally have a designated work space for Sugar and Charm. We’ll also stay in the guest house while the house is being remodeled. We’re not planning on starting on the house for another year or so, but I’ll be doing some remodeling to the rooms that will be staying the same after the build, like the kitchen nook, fireplace, etc. One thing I can’t wait to do is to knock the kitchen down, (because I LOVE kitchen design and remodeling), and smooth out those walls!!
We have a lot of work ahead of us for sure, but I’m super excited to fix this little gem up! We made up a fun project name for our architect and we’re calling it “Mad Sugar Ranch”… The Mad is for Madcitizen, my hubby’s company. So here’s to kicking off Mad Sugar Ranch!!!