Probably a pipe dream, but who knows. My wife has made several comments recently about not loving our house and not being sure we'll be there forever. My in-laws asked her the other day while we were having dinner if we were going to stay in the house forever and she was like "no, I don't think so." I like the house ok, but love the shop. Well, almost love the shop, some of you know my frustrations with it, mainly the 7'11" tall ceiling. The house has small bedrooms, small kitchen, but bigger spaces for the kids to play and all. We have over $100k in equity in the house, and paying off the house early and living free would be absolutely ideal. The thing is, we really would want to redo the kitchen and make it bigger, which would necessitate us expanding out the back of the house where the dining room is. Then our shower in the master SUCKS (it is tiny and uncomfortable for me) so we would like to redo that. She also would love a screened porch in the back, which would be a lot of work obviously. We also would like a guest room, but that woudl be quite an ordeal. Then I would like to add on to my shop to get a taller roof, which costs money obviously. So it all comes down to whether or not it is worth it to try and make this house have the things we like rather than have a house that has the things we want. If that makes sense. So I start thinking. $10k for a screened porch. $40kish for a new kitchen. $10kish for a new bathroom. And that's probably WAY on the low end. Don't even want to think what it would cost to add a new bedroom. I bet we'd be seeing close to $100k in just making the house fit what we'd like. And it still wouldn't flow that well because of the layout. Then I could build a shop with a taller roof and would cost me marginally more than adding on to the shop. We talked about it and I told her if we ever did anything, we would build a house. Put everything we want in it. Four bedrooms, screened porch, decent garage that she could actually park in (our current house garage is stupid). She agreed that would be the best idea. Are we nuts? I know building a house is a HUGE ordeal. We would probably buy the land and try and pay it off before doing anything. That way maybe we can keep the mortgage down low and build a better house. Eh, I don't know. The budget minded in me says deal with it. But the guy who is frustrated when I knock all the fucking shampoo bottles off the rack turning around in the shower or tripping over the dog because the kitchen is so small, or the guy who fears that my kids will start hearing me having sex with their mom because our rooms are so close makes me think a new house would be really nice.