Wednesday, April 28, 2010
So just like any other person who grew up watching TLC and HGTV shows, I have always wanted to kick a hole through a wall. Because of this house -- my wish was granted! I finally got to get dirty, get dusty and almost break several bones and poke out my eye by demolishing walls and ripping out trim. Oh happy day!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I would like to proudly introduce you to our new home -- these pictures were of course taken before the offer was placed. They were taken before we got to go inside and see the weird and wonderful interior. They were taken before we even started dreaming of the face-lift she was about to receive.
The house was purchased at the end of April, just in time for the tax credit. So, ever since then we've been working day and night to fix 'er up. She's a beautiful home which began with only 700 and some square feet and over the years has been built on to, and built on to. She lives in the heart of a historical town in the heart of it all.
We've torn out shoddily done base board, torn out hideous light fixtures, uprooted weeds, torn down parts of walls, built walls, created closets, installed new tubs after ripping out old ones, tiled floors and laid bamboo flooring. What haven't we done is the real question. It seems like it's never ending, but someday it will get there.
So today I'm taking the day to breathe. I'm going to write about what we've done. I'm going to post pictures of the day we found her. I'm going to show you what it looks like when you let me tile for the first time by myself. I'm going to tell you success stories and tales of horror.
Enjoy. You might want to get a beer and some snacks for this one.
*This was really written in June but backlogged to April to keep the time-line correct.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
We've been searching. We've been praying. We've been dreaming of the perfect place.
The four of us.
You see my husband and I were offered and excellent deal we couldn't pass down. We've been paying a fair amount of money each month, to a not so fair landlord. We've also been paying an obscene amount of money in student loans along with our other bills. So in an effort to help us get on our feet and not feel so down and out about the debt that two private college educations had presented the hubby and I with, his parents came up with a plan.
They decided to get a new house. One that we could all live in. A place where hubby and I could have a studio for our freelance work, our own bathroom and enough space that we could all feel comfortable. We were looking for a place that was safe; not in the city like before.
So as I unravel this tale I'll call it like it is. I'll tell you about the struggles. The woes. The laughs, tears, outrage and serenity. I suppose this is a lot like many other blogs out there today, it's about buying a home and all of the drama that comes with fixing it up. Four in 52 is a bit different though. As it states in the title -- there are FOUR of us.