In April 2018, my husband and I purchased our very first home. We fell in love with it before we even walked in the door. Just looking at pictures, we knew we wanted it. After seeing it for the first time, it couldn't be more perfect and we put an offer in immediately. The next day it was accepted and we closed 2 months later on April 5.
Searching for a home in DC is tough. Especially when you have a low budget and your wish list is high. There were only a few things we had to have: a backyard with parking pad, basement, at-least 2 bedrooms, over 1000 square feet, and being close to downtown/walking distance to a metro. Very easy to find in DC when you have over a million dollar budget. We had half that. We were willing to sacrifice on one or two of the items if it meant we got the rest. We were also considering purchasing a 2 bedroom condo, but those can be just as expensive as a house.
We also have a large black lab, and having a yard was pretty high-up on our list.
My husband, Andrew, wanted a house that was move-in ready. I wanted more of a fixer-upper. I wanted to put my own design mark on our home and didn't want to tear up a perfectly good kitchen because I didn't like the finishes.
And then a house in Columbia Heights came on the market within our budget and hit all the big items on our list. It's 10 minutes walking distance to both Columbia Heights and Petworth metro stations. It has a yard with a parking pad, a basement, two bedrooms, and 1600 square feet (including the basement). It's considered move-in ready, but very outdated and old inside. Perfect for when I want to tear up the kitchen and bath and not feel bad about it! It's called an in-between home. Live-able, but hasn't been flipped inside yet for modern times. The yard also needs a lot of work. We couldn't believe it when we found it.
Literally the next day after we signed the papers, we started demo on the bathroom. The house only has 1 bathroom and it didn't come with a shower. It has a beautiful clawfoot tub, which is my dream tub! The floor tile and vanity—although brand new—were just very outdated and ugly. The bathroom wasn't up to our standards for living comfortably in the home.
There are so many big and little projects we are ready to take on to turn this house into our dream home! I'll be posting each project we tackle from start to finish with before and after pics and everything in-between. Stay tuned!