When we were expecting our 2nd child my husband and I started to seriously consider moving into a single family home. We were living in a large 14unit townhouse with 4 bedrooms but no yard for our two year old daughter, Madison, to play in. We had a small front patio but the HOA had many restrictions on what we could do with the patio and the HOA fees kept going up and up. So in June 2013 we sold the town home and bought a fixer upper single family home with a yard for Madison. The house was half the size of our town home, only 1106 sq feet on a 5197 sq ft lot with no landscaping. It had 2 bedrooms, an office, 1 bath, original 1955 washer in the kitchen, dryer in the attached garage and a floor furnace. I was very apprehensive about this move but trusted my husband’s vision of creating a beautiful open floor plan with indoor-outdoor living area so that there would be enough space for the kids to run around and for us to entertain. We could not afford a bigger house because it was in a very desirable school district so we had to be creative with the limited space.