So you need a new home. Now it’s time to face the age-old question: do I buy, do I build, or do I renovate? One Birmingham family walked us through their decision-making process and how it turned out in the end—plus, don’t miss the “after” photos of their stunning renovated home!
So You’re Making a Move
Whether you’re moving cities, states, or just right down the street, moving can be quite a headache. This local family is no stranger to the process.
Meet the Swansons! This family of 5 just renovated a home in Birmingham after making the move from Atlanta. Mary Swanson is the owner of Tulipano, a high-end women’s boutique in Mountain Brook that offers in-store styling for its customers. Her husband, Kris Swanson, is an Account Manager for Arch Mortgage Insurance.
Mary is a Birmingham native and always knew she wanted to move back to the area. When it came time to start looking, finding a home that fit their family’s needs was more difficult than they anticipated.
Homes Shouldn’t Be “One Size Fits All”
A house can be cookie-cutter, but a home shouldn’t be. Homes work for the families that live in them—and that’s exactly what you get when you play a role in designing your own.
Whether you need a large mudroom for all your little athletes, a big backyard and deck for Fido, a large outdoor entertaining space for hosting friends and family—you get to pick exactly what you want, where you want.
Finding the Right Fit
The Swansons searched and searched for the right fit for themselves, their three kids, and their chocolate lab, Arden—but they weren’t having much luck.
“We had looked for a while, and it was just like the three bears—it was too small, or it was the perfect house but didn’t have a yard, or it was at the top of our budget and needed to be redone.”Mary Swanson
After finding this ranch-style house and talking through plans with Tison, Co-Founder of Slate Barganier, the Swansons were sold.
“When we walked out the door, I was like, that’s it.
That’s our home.”
This project was a cross between a renovation and a new build—they renovated the original structure, but built a sizeable addition onto the back of the home.
This Can Be a Long Process—How Do You Get Started?
Whether you’re interested in renovating an existing structure, adding on to your home, or building new—the Alabama native team at Slate Barganier does it all.
These guys have extensive expereince in the homebuilding game, and they work with you from start to finish. We asked the experts for the top 5 things people need to know before building in Birmingham, including an overview of the process from start to finish. Check out what they had to say!
Words of Wisdom from the Swansons
I asked the Swansons to tell me what advice they would give a friend who was about to embark on the same journey they’re wrapping up.
“I think you have to go into it really open-minded and just know that it’s like a jigsaw puzzle. It’s not the one contractor, it’s not the painter—it’s literally a puzzle, and you just have to be patient.”Mary Swanson
They encourage taking a laid-back approach to the whole process and picking people you trust to execute your vision. And have fun with it! The Swansons went in nervous about the whole project in the beginning. However, they said they ended up having a great time watching it come to fruition.
If you’re considering building, adding, or renovating, give Slate Barganier a call today! If not, you’re still going to want to follow them on Instagram for some serious home inspo.