Some time after our second child was born, I decided our house was too small. Alright, if I'm being completely honest, it was the minute we brought H home from the hospital. Our cute little antique farm house in the town of Medway, MA that we loved, was now too small for us. In reality, the size of the house was probably fine, but I could see on the horizon a not so distant future where one full bathroom was going to be a problem. It didn't help that our 3 year old, E was now asking for "her privacy" every time she used the bathroom.
In addition to being a full-time interior designer, I also have my real estate license and our firm has its own brokerage. So, I am the type of person that constantly looks at real estate listings. When we were first pregnant with E and living in an apartment, I dragged Paul to about 50 open houses. Sometime before H turned one I stepped up the search for our next house. We established a budget and started looking. We knew we wanted to stay in Medway since we love our town and our neighbors. In particular, I really wanted to stay in the same neighborhood which is close to the Library and Choate park where all the town events happen.
I would like to say we came across 4 Milford St right away, but that wasn't how it happened. Before there was 4 Milford, there was 181 Main st. 181 Main st was on the market for about 2 years before we saw it and its a beauty. But it took me 3 months to convince Paul we could handle the much needed renovation. In that time, a developer put the property under agreement. Cue the disappointment.
Undeterred, I kept looking. A couple of months later, 4 Milford came on the market. And it was a stunner if you could look past the over grown lot, dirt, and obvious neglect. We went to the open house and I will never forget afterwards Paul saying "That house is a big no for me". All it took was a construction budget, some hand sketches, and a Pinterest board and I convinced him to take the plunge!