Last week I mentioned to you all that there was some exciting news coming. Well guess what? It’s here! I am starting my very first blog series “Our Barn Loft Renovation” – The inside scoop on turning our barns loft into a cozy studio apartment. Before I kick off this DIY adventure filled series, you guys need to know a little more about my family and I, and also the story highlights behind Our Barn Loft Renovation!
Let’s take it back to the mid 1990’s. Ever since I can remember, I have always been interested in interior design. When I was little I used to draw room designs and floor plans for my neighbors and family friends. In the 8th grade I followed a designer for the day who specialized in drapery decor as part of a job shadowing project in my Home Economics class. In highschool I started refurbishing furniture and entering my pieces in student art shows. It wasn’t until my second year in college when my parents and I started renovating the empty room over our barn style garage, that I really started getting serious about my work.
Basically the greatest gift my parents could have ever given me is the opportunity to move in and lead the renovations to the room over the garage. It’s been like having a big empty canvas, except it’s a room and I can to do whatever I want to it (as long as I fix whatever I mess up and it looks good enough for potential renters in the future).
We aren’t the richest family on the block, if you know what I mean. We have just about an acre of land with your average sized rancher and a detached garage, but only because we had to move out of our tiny two bedroom condo that was just a few blocks away from the beach, to an hour drive into the boondocks in order to get it. When we decided to renovate, my parents paid a family friend who was a plumber and in need of work, $800 (after tax season) to come in and get the renovations started by doing the framework, installing the tile floors and shower, and hooking up all the plumbing. That was our first mistake, (which I will be sharing more about later in Part I) and that was back in 2013! Everything else has come in bits at a time. Because of that, the renovation is taking much longer than we had thought. Never would I have ever imagined that almost five years later it would still be in the works!
A blessing in disguise is all it really was. When something needed to be done and no one could do it, I practically forced myself to to figure it out and do it myself. By the time I turned 23 year years old I new the basics to using multiple types of saws, I had taught myself how to spakel walls and I had built and installed closet shelves all by myself. Because of my rebellious decision to live in the midst of the renovation construction, I know what I love to do and I discovered my passions. Without this renovation project, I wouldn’t be the innovative, DIY Addicted, self taught, handy woman that I now am today!
About two years ago before we got married I decided to move in with Jeff and put the loft renovations on hold. My intentions were to come back and finish the project in my spare time, but life at the beach can keep you pretty busy. After I moved out I felt like part of me was missing. No longer did I have easy access to every tool imaginable in my step dads collection. No longer had my very own workspace in the corner of the garage, or the big empty canvas where I laid my head every night.
Of course I brought all of my own tools and supplies along with me, but when you live in a two bedroom condo with a small patio and tiny storage shed, all shared between 3 people and 3 pets, it’s not exactly the ideal environment for a person of my kind of craft. For the whole year and some change that we lived in the condo together, I never built a thing! I could have been because of the fact that I was pregnant more than half of that year, but I barely even crafted and that just isn’t me! I’ve been completely out of my element ever since!
When I was pregnant with Sage, my parents asked us to move back into the garage so we could save some money and they could help us take care of her. We really want to buy a house soon, so after bouncing the idea around for a few months and listing the pros and cons, we finally made the decision to do it!
Two weeks ago we started moving. We are almost finished now and let me tell ya, it’s been one heck of a process! As a girl who moves a lot, this has been by far the most excruciating move yet! Between our little one, my car being in the shop, the animals and what seems to be one obstacle after the next, this mama is in desperate need of a “craftcation!”
As much as I want to dive into planning and renovations, I need to get settled in order to face this project head on! Having a baby and moving all at the same time will suck every ounce of energy your body has plus some! I’ve had so many great ideas that I can’t wait to bring to life and share with y’all! All they need now is some careful planning and I will be ready to launch the series! Stay tuned! Updates on Our Barn Loft Series will be coming back shortly!