I have this crazy dream, a daydream I guess you might say, of buying a rundown old property in Florida and restoring into a Bed & Breakfast. I recently bought a book on how to run/open/manage a B&B just to satisfy my curiosity. The main premise in the book is that you shouldn’t rely on the B&B for your main income. People also say that old homes are money pits. I’ve also heard if you want to operate a B&B you should do it after the kids are grown and not have any pets. We haven’t even started a family yet and I couldn’t imagine living without a fluffball to snuggle with.
Even with all the doubts and naysayers, I can’t get the idea out of my head. I guess the B&B I have in my minds eye just puts so many of my passions and talents to good work (except that whole chemical engineering phd thing…heh).
I often wonder if it could be a process… I work for 20 years in research and then we purchase our getaway. Will I be too tired then? Or could we buy a place soon and while we’re working at our day jobs, spend many years renovating it with the intention of making it into a B&B later? I don’t want to just buy something – I want to rehab it and bring it back to its 100 year old glory. I want decorate each room with a purpose and a vision, to do it all on a budget, and blog about it all the while. I want it to have an organic garden and fruit trees that we harvest from for breakfast. I want it to have a compost bin, some rain barrels and energy saving windows. (Jason really wants double flush toilets.) Like I said, tough for me to get it off the brain.
Scouring realtor.com and using the advance search feature to look for 51+ year old places for sale has only made me want to do it more. Although, admittedly, I went into a few places that I liked on the internet and they are in oh-so-much-worse shape when you see them in person. Here are a few I’m drooling over right now (click the links to see more photos):