I’ve had a few questions about where our search for House 2.0 might lead us. Would we build again? Would we renovate something older? Are we staying in Des Moines? The answer to all of the above, for now, is YES.
Staying in Des Moines
After some back-and-forth over the past several months about relocating outside of Iowa, for our life right now, it makes the most sense to stay put for the time being. That decision to stay put, along with other life decisions (family, work, other goals) changed our perspective on what we would like in our next Des Moines home. We will stay on the west side of Des Moines for proximity to both of our jobs, but we aren’t tied to only Waukee, going forward.
In our area, you are hard-pressed to find lots where you can build that include any amount of trees. Location would be our main reason should we choose NOT to build again, as we would likely remain further out and with less foliage. We had a good experience overall with our first build, but given all that we learned, we feel even better prepared this time around for the process and you certainly can’t beat the ability to customize when starting from the ground up.
Updating something existing
Even if my dream home turned up on the listings around us, I’d be dying to make changes to make it feel like “ours”, so I’m prepared for SOME amount of updating no matter where we go. It is appealing to us that we could get something in a more established neighborhood for our money by taking on something that might be a bit outdated or in need of some TLC. We also are realistic about our work/life balance and making time for big projects. We would be very open to putting some sweat equity in for the RIGHT house, but with each of us working a full-time and an additional freelance job, we are continuously weighing the cost of our time and whether or not we want to spend the little free time we have on house projects.
If you’ve been reading LIY for a while, you might recall this post where I channeled the kids at Young House Love and gave some hints about homes we were interested in. Here are a couple this time around, to give you the mix of flavors that is appealing to us as of late: