#47: How Do You Know If It’s Your “Forever House”?

#47: How Do You Know If It’s Your “Forever House”?

What happens when you aren’t sure if your current house is your long-term house? And if it’s not, how do you know when to stop improving it? We’re tackling those two BIG questions, including how the answers affected our own renovating decisions. Also, pretty soon after we shared our mostly-finished master bedroom on our blog, someone tossed a wrench into the room. A big beautiful wrench that snowballed into a bunch of other changes – all of which were totally free. Plus, we talk about what’s making our weekday mornings less stressful, and the surprising thing that could lower your home’s property value.

You can download this episode from iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, and TuneIn Radio – or listen to it below! Then use this page to check out any links, notes, or photos that we referenced. Note: If you’re reading in a feed reader, you might have to click through to the post to see the player.

What’s New





  • Above is a look at the new rug in our master bedroom. We’re planning to take a few more photos and write up a blog post that outlines everything that came in and went out – hopefully by tomorrow!
  • Back in Episode #45 we first mentioned storing items by function, including the Sharpie in our lunch-prep drawer.
  • I also mentioned that I’ve strayed from bulk preparing smoothies (originally described way back in Episode #3). We’re still having our green smoothies every morning, I just don’t portion everything out beforehand into little baggies.
  • Here are the reusable Sistema containers that we use for our daughter’s lunches – either this side-by-side size or this stacked size, and these cups.





What’s Not

Listener Question

  • If you wanna hear our old (like 2009 old!) response to the “Is this your forever home?” question, just skip ahead to 5:45 in the Blogiversary Q&A video above.
  • And if you’re not familiar with our first house or our second house, I linked those to their respective house tour pages.

We’re Digging





  • Above you can see two of the “pretty” backup toilet paper holders that we have in our half bath, including the basket on the floor and the glass vessel on the tank.
  • And while that basket is no longer for sale, here are some other options for anyone who’s looking to keep guests from panicking and have extra rolls at arm’s reach: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7





  • Here’s Grand Designs on Netflix for any fellow Americans who want to see what we’ve been missing out on in Britain all these years!
  • Below is an after picture of the back of the house from the first episode on Netflix (it’s an old movie theater, so the front is the cool historic part). The entire build – from start to finish – is featured within a single episode, and covers many years of work.
  • There are also several episodes on YouTube if you want to take a look that way. You can also get a sense of it from this funny Buzzfeed UK rundown.







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Psst- Looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into? Well, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes.







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