Over seven years ago, we moved out of my parent’s house and into a 3 bedroom, fixer upper five minutes away. It was two months before our wedding, and we sunk our savings into the down payment and renovation budget. Built in 1958, the one owner home needed a facelift in every corner. Renovating the 1700 square feet ourselves, with the serious help of some amazing family members and the occasional paid professional, we truly made the space our own.
During the process, my husband and I learned what our personal style was, how we worked together as a team, and what our DIY strengths and weaknesses are. Even though it can be stressful (and nothing ever goes as planned), we discovered we love taking something and making it our own. The process of planning and executing is a great way to bond and spend time together, and with a finished house we’d recently been missing that.
When we found out we were pregnant with kid #2, we immediately started looking for a new home. While the idea of doing this all over again – with a baby and a toddler – seems a bit ambitious, we needed a 4th bedroom because I work from home. After almost a year and a half of searching, we found a new home the week before Christmas… and sold ours overnight to the first couple to come through. We will be moving in mid-February to start the next chapter in our lives, and we cannot wait to share the process with you.
It will be bittersweet to leave our little nest at 155. Everywhere we look is a memory of a project we tackled with our own two hands. I created two nurseries in this house, and brought both my babies home here; I will never bring a new baby home to the new house. It’s a sad thing to think about, but exciting as well.
Together, our family of four will be moving into a new space and working to make it our own. The kids will have bigger bedrooms and a dedicated playroom. They’ll have three floors to explore instead of two. There’s an unfinished basement to rollerskate in during the winter. There’s a fenced in yard to roam free, complete with a raised bed garden and chicken coop! There are younger kids to play with in the neighborhood and a quiet street to ride bikes on.
In the past, Hawks Homestead has been focused primarily on the personal care products I hand make and sell locally. In the future, we hope to share more of ourselves and the projects we’re planning to tackle in our new home. We hope you will stay tuned for our next adventure!
PS: Due to my husband’s job, I will not be posting the address of our new home or offering local pickup in the future. I have also decided to leave off my children’s names and other information when I post personal topics. I love getting to know people, and I know we can’t be completely anonymous this day in age, but I hope you understand my reasoning.