We were so excited to partner with Lowe’s for a renovation giveaway. Let’s be serious: Adulting is hard enough without the added expenses involved with your first home. This led us to our winner, Andi Schloss. She and her family shared exactly what they intend to do with $5,000, and it ended up being a pretty cool story. Here’s Andi:
Earlier this year, my husband Nate and I spontaneously decided to sell our Stockton, California home and plan a move to Maui. The decision came during the busiest season of our lives. Nate is a small business owner, I work as a personal trainer, and we get to raise the coolest little dude, Bodee, who is a bundle of awesome two-year-old energy.
The island move was our family’s attempt to slow down and embrace God’s simplest gifts: family, nature, and community.
While obsessively flipping through Maui house listings, a wrench was thrown into our plans (pun totally intended) when cash investors continued snagging the affordable island homes. A friend, knowing our struggle, forwarded pictures of a Santa Barbara “gem” that needed more than a little TLC. We were jazzed at the thought of a laid-back, beach lifestyle and staying close to family… until we saw the price of the home.
This cute little junk box — I write that in the most endearing way — included the price tag of living in paradise, even in its current dilapidated condition. After much discussion/prayer/doubt/more doubt, we took a huge leap of faith and finances to purchase what you may call the “worst house on the best block.”
As we sit among the dust and caution tape in our 1931 Tudor-style home, winning $5,000 from the Mahogany Workplace and Lowe’s is a blessing we intend to pay forward. Through hosting community dinners, parents’ night outs, play dates, and new neighbor welcome parties, we strive to be the place where families gather to share love and do life together. As you can see, there’s a little work that needs to be done prior to this goal!
We plan to spend the money turning our outdoor space into a kitchen and entertaining area. The yard currently has a pizza oven in need of a face-lift and a brick wall that chops the yard in half. The stone ground is uneven, so we’ll replace it with turf.
This spring we hope our current danger zone will be transformed into an inviting space for all. And we’re stoked that you guys will be able to follow along via some MW updates. If you’re in the Santa Barbara area, please let us know and stop by (seriously — we’d love to have you!) We’ll stick a coffee in one hand and a hammer in the other, and have you stringing twinkle lights from the roof before you know it.
Speaking of visitors, let’s get Mr. Higgins over here for his final season of The Bachelor — Home Edition! We’re certain he’d find love among the rubble!
By Andi Schloss