Can this house be saved?
What we want-- a 1 story 3 bed, 2 or 3 bath + office with nice-size rooms, mud room and laundry for a family on acreage, a kitchen worthy of family time and baking, a dining area for existing dining room table, and some porch space for enjoying spring and Fall in our Zone 7 region.
What we have-- a 60's vintage 2 bed/ 2 bath that is short on space and has some strange quirks but does have some nice features- good size rooms, nice big windows, and cool brick wall with fireplace. No lot size restrictions (we can expand in any direction).
Can you see a way to invest in the current house and make it into the house we can live in long-term? Our choice is a "home makeover" on the current house or ground-up new build. I've racked my brain, and I'm not seeing "outside the box" enough! I know there is a great idea that makes you go "wow!"... but I could use some ideas to get there.
(We've already been through the "can we live in the current house as-is" discussion, so, although I know there are a lot of folks with passionate thoughts on down-sizing let's assume that's a secondary question.)