Renovating the entire living room

Now that the kids are grown and gone, we have started to really take a look at our home.  We no longer need a place as big as we have and I really want to relocate to a smaller place.  My wife does not agree with me at all! She insists that she needs to stay put. She says that there are too many memories in the  house and it would break her heart to leave. She does agree that we can utilize the space better and that we need to upgrade certain things.  One of the requirements, in my opinion, for us to stay in the house is that it needs to me more efficient. We can combine some of the living spaces by removing walls and improve the air flow throughout the house. This process will require the relocation of some of the air ducts,  but, if we hire a professional from our HVAC dealer to redesign the system it will be great. I would also like to install radiant flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. Now that we have more expendable income I feel that we can afford a few luxuries in our lives. We decided to convert the back bedroom into a sewing room too and my wife wants one of those mini split air conditioners in there.  This way she will be comfortable in the summer when she is working on her projects. I think that once we accomplish the list of upgrades and renovation projects I will be happy with the house. I have to admit that the space we have will come in handy when the kids do come home during the holidays and such. I just need to find a way to make the outside chores easier too. I don’t really like spending my weekends doing yard work all the time.  

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