It all began with a house.
November 28, 2016, was not only my birthday, but also the day we closed on Cody's new home in Gastonia. The story of how I came to be his agent, I'll tell another time. Admittedly, when we closed on this home, I remember getting in my car and driving away, with no concept of what was about to happen. Fast forward three months later, Cody and I reconnect and go to dinner and have basically been inseparable ever since. Before I knew it, I was basically living there and then I was moving in.. TO THE HOUSE ID SOLD HIM. By the way, here are some progress pictures, to the left is what the home looked like the day Cody moved in and to the right is the way the home looked when I moved in. There is a point behind all this, I promise, so stay with me.
To start from the beginning, here is the before and afters of the front exterior. Cody added plants, a walkway, shutters, spruced up the light fixtures. I had intended to change out our numbers, but I never got the chance. I added planters and Rhododendrons and a pretty wreath on the front!
Cody had done a lot of work to the exterior of the home before I arrived, so once I was there, my focus was project after project for the inside. I'd like to preface before I go any further with this, his home was beautiful before I moved in, but I come with a lot of physical baggage (I am a hoarder or clothes and miscellaneous items), so Cody was continually looking for places to put my stuff to (attempt) to organize me after the merger. I always found something new for him to build for me, organize for me or to hang on one of the walls of the home for me (his least favorite job due my indecisive nature). The first change Cody made when he moved into the home (we'll call it Pre-A Era), he built these incredibly cool barn doors and the letters for the "EAT" sign, which totally changed the face of the living room and kitchen, in my opinion. He also made those super awesome wooden shelves for me and the shutters on either side of the window. His mom painted the large blue piece, with the mirror I painted hanging above it, and the two end tables. Those two are both killer at scoping out deals, while I'm always the one who finds the most expensive item in a store and always manages to come up with a reason as to why I need it. Our kitchen table was given to us, so we white washed the top of it and painted a pretty grey around the edges and bottom of the chairs. I also painted the china cabinet, though, I'm most likely going to redo it because it's still not quite right.
We decided on closing in the doorway between the kitchen and the third bedroom seen below. Considering our resale value, I felt the additional doorway was distracting for potential buyers, as even his Realtor had forgotten it was a 3 bedroom home. So, I wanted to close in the doorway to show buyers what to do with that room. Where the right lamp is below, is where that doorway use to be.
Our next project would focus on all our new wall space in the kitchen. We noticed that the cabinets were Ikea, so, I suggested we run down there to see if we could find a pantry to match the cabinetry. I felt it would help our resale value if we added more storage to the kitchen, so we did, since there was not already one present. Forgive my dirty cabinets I somehow missed during deep clean 2K18, which I'll tell you more about shortly.
Next on our list was to find more storage space for my too many clothes.. So, we had the incredible idea for Cody to turn one of the bedrooms into a walk in closet. We spent days Pinteresting ideas and even more days than I should admit at Home Depot with Cody spewing numbers at me til my brain hurt. Several weeks building built ins would follow and with it meant living in a construction zone of saw dust, paint, plastic and tools, but the finished product finally gave us just the amount of storage space we ( I ) desperately needed. Just as an FYI, there is another set of built ins to the left of the vanity that you can only see the side of. The piece dead center of the photo was built off of an old entertainment center. The vanity is from Ikea for anyone who would like to know!
The next room we focused on was switching was our master. Cody had originally set the room below up as his master, so I decorated it accordingly. Well, traditionally, he up and changed his mind one Sunday morning when he got bored twiddling his thumbs. Below is now our guest room and the room I showed previously is our master. Admittedly, our home went on the market and under contract before I could get that gallery wall switched over, so that's why it remained in the guest room. We didn't strategically place all those photos of our faces in here so that our guest had to stare at us before going to bed. When this was originally the master, his mom and I spent 48 hours repainting this room to make it more bright and airy.
As I'm certain you've all figured out at this point, Cody and I can't sit still. So the next thing he did was build me some shelving using industrial piping for the bathroom. It's safe to say the shelves completely revamped our bathroom. To my surprise, somehow Cody didn't fight me on putting pink in the bathroom, so guess what I did..
I'd like to show you now, Cody's pride and joy.. his back yard. As I said, "Pre- A Era" he had focused most his efforts on the exterior. He had a patio installed, he built retaining walls, stairs, walkways, planted plants (and then replanted them again). He built a grill table with a cooler inside, a fire pit, then of course, his baby- the shed. I could still choke him for that one, but it worked out for the best, so for now I wont. This fool picked the coldest week of the entire year to build this thing in January, instead of waiting until Spring like he was supposed to, because he was impatient. So he froze his butt off, and all ten fingers, but he did get it completed and it is beautiful and I am very proud of him for it.
"Get to the point, Al."
Well, the story will continue much more in depth on my next post, but, we basically decided over night to list our home on the market. We spent 48 hours straight sprucing up the yard, deep cleaning every square inch of the interior, staging and minimizing our home, etc. We put it on the market Thursday night, 4/5/18 and by 10 AM that next morning I already had 12 confirmed showings for that day. So, I packed up the dogs in the cars, Cody took half and I took half, and then we spent the next 48 hours living out of our cars. We had over 30 showings in 2 days. We received 6 offers and our home went under contract before the weekend ended, on our first anniversary to be exact. So, instead of celebrating our relationship over dinner and wine, we spent it in the office, signing a contract and planning out our next big adventure over Chinese Takeout. We have been absolutely blown away by the amount of interest and such positive feedback about our home. Our closing is now set for 4/30/18 and we have just over 2 weeks to pack up this entire house and get our butts moved out so that we can do it all again.
Watch out for our next post as we finally open up about our next big adventure and take ya'll along for the ride! Until then, if you need me, I'll be sitting and reminiscing about all the life and love that has happened within these walls on East Park Drive. I'll be reliving all the faces that have visited here, all the memories that have been made here, all the struggles we've overcome here. For the first time, in a long time, I can honestly say I will truly be sad to hand over these keys. However, when I'm crying at an attorney's office, I know that I'll remember this one very important thing.
You are my home, Cody Green, and as long as I'm with you, I'll always be home, no matter the walls that surround us. Happy One Year Anniversary Sweetheart, I love you more than I ever imagined I could love anyone.
Just as a friendly FYI, the before photos are from the old listing I googled and Mike Stricklin is the photographer who photographed our home recently. Feel free to message me if you'd like his information!