When we recently moved to Appleton we had a difficult time finding a home we really loved.  We encountered several obstacles in our search:

  1. We sold our condo in Eau Claire quickly and the buyers wanted to move in before Christmas which gave us 3 weeks for find a home, close on it, and move.
  2. There was very little inventory on the market so the choices were few.
  3. We knew we wanted open spaces, larger but fewer rooms,  and a ranch home.

Unfortunately we had to settle. I wasn’t working for Midwest Design Homes at the time and renting with a dog was not an option as it proved to be far more expensive for us than buying a home. We ended up buying a brand new spec home. We do have a list of changes that we want to make so it reflects our personality and lifestyle. We have been working on our very first big project since February, thus the title Building Pains.

We finally break ground on our 3 season room this Friday. We previously built a beautiful screen porch on a second floor deck on our home in Madison. We literally lived out there from May until October. It was our favorite spot to dine al fresco, enjoy Sunday morning coffee and jazz while reading the paper, watching for fireflies, and the ever -changing skies. Likewise our condo in Eau Claire had a light-filled sunroom where we enjoyed  the frigid days  of the Northwoods with a cup of tea and a good book.

Our new home just had to have a sunroom. We began our quest by visiting with several sunroom contractors. We received  outrageous bids for pre-manufactured rooms. We then found 2 contractors who would design the room for us as a stick build (built from scratch.) We selected one and proceed to the contract, only to have him cancel the contract. We then started all over again.It has been a long drawn out process.

We are about to get started and the excitement builds.At this point we made a down payment,  applied for the building permits, the windows ordered, the flooring selected, and the ceiling fan purchased. We still need to decide on exactly we are going to heat the room. We are weighing the options as to an thermostatically controlled electric fireplace or baseboard heat. Stay tuned for more building updates in the near future.


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