Six offers. It took six offers over the span of two months on our new Spinning Wheel project before we could call it ours. That’s not to say that we were offering more money each time…nope, the last three offers we submitted were the exact same. But as the year started to close, motivation to get foreclosures off the books increased and our offer became more and more appealing.
This last round of project shopping was pretty intense. In the current St. Charles County market, it’s easy to sell – difficult to buy. It’s an exciting time. Having renovated so many properties, we’re pretty open minded about what we can handle when shopping. When others can’t see past the animal stained carpets, moldy drywall, or bug infested chimneys – we see potential. Yet even with that mindset, competition was up.
That’s why we are so excited to have locked down the Spinning Wheel house. It most certainly needs some attention, but renovation and restoration, it’s going to be beautiful. Here is it’s current state:
In the living room, we’ll replace the flooring, add lighting, and replace the mantle. We’ll removed the awkward kitchen/living room cabinet to open the space completely. We’ll continue the flooring throughout the main level so it will feel like a unified space.
In the kitchen, we’ll paint the cabinets, add new hardware, new countertops, and a new backsplash. As I choose fixtures, tile, and colors, I’ll be sure to share.
A big project will be refinishing the stairs – the carpet must go. We’ll opt for some version of wood with a runner.
Upstairs the rooms will be simple. The majority of work falls in the bathrooms – in both we’ll paint vanities, replace the tops, all the hardware, and do custom tiling in the bath/showers.
The basement we’re removing the carpet and staining the concrete. We’ve never tried this before, but it’s a cheap experiment…if it looks terrible, we’ll just put carpet back!
Outside we’ll need some decking, but otherwise the yard is good to go.
So excited to get this project going and completed. When all is said and done, I’ll do a final walk through to ensure it’s family ready – and we’ll make the move! It’s not our forever home, but still our home for a season. Can’t wait to see it transform.