One of the toughest parts of the renovation was not having a kitchen. Even the kids got tired of eating out. After having to outsource almost every meal during construction, the family voted to turn the backyard shed into a chicken coop!
Just a short drive away from downtown Atlanta, this spectacular single family home enjoys the best of the suburbs and big city living. Inside, guests will find an open floor plan and chef's kitchen, as well as a second level with newly renovated living spaces.
For this project, Chip and Joanna worked with clients Kelvin and Culetta Beachum who live in Mexia, Texas, about 40 miles outside Waco. The Beachums were looking for a house big enough to accommodate family gatherings, including grandkids, and their budget including renovations was $160,000. The house they purchased for $130,000 left a renovation budget that would essentially just allow for some basic cosmetic changes.
“There are few things that are more useful to my wife and I than our shared calendar app,” says Ask Your Dad’s John Kinnear, who uses Google Calendar to keep track of events like gymnastics and ballet practices. “We don’t go overboard with scheduling, but when we add the big, recurring appointments it is super nice for us to have a high-level view of what the family schedule is.”
You can now rent an RV through sites like RVshare—an Airbnb-like platform where owners rent out their RVs—for about the same cost as a decent family hotel. There are four main categories, or classes, of recreational vehicles. Class As are the biggest. They’re those huge buslike rigs you see barreling down the road, the ones that have more in common with a 2-bedroom condo than they do a car. Class Bs are the smallest RVs, basically a large van with a kitchenette and a small bed pallet (and/or loft). Class Cs are what RVshare calls the “Goldilocks Rig” of motorhomes, not too big, not too small. Then there are trailers, which my husband and I knew we didn’t want to deal with—even RV pros admit that it can be tough to get the hang of hauling a trailer. We went with the smallest Class C we could find, a late-model 25-footer with a clean, streamlined interior that other renters reviewed as easy to drive.