Thursday, June 22, 2006

3 Years Ago


Three years ago we bought our first home! We only looked at one house and we were sold. We saw it and immediately fell in love with the floor plan. Another couple came to look at the house while we were browsing upstairs with another real estate agent. That couple only walked into the living room, then immediately walked out... we were baffled for a moment. Then we realized they saw the big hole in the dining room wall from a burst pipe with apparent water damage. They had a baby in tow and we think they had something more pristine in mind for their first home. HA, they didn't have the vision we had!

We saw through what 20 years of wear can do to a house... big ugly bushes, the obvious smell of smoke, the before mentioned hole in the wall, the dated and stained carpeting, icky laminate 80's kitchen, etc. We were crafty... we offered WAY below the asking price and got a screaming deal on the house. With that equity we were able to basically demo the whole house and redo all the walls, floors, etc. We didn't really move in like most folks do. We moved into one room and moved the rest of our stuff into the garage. We pulled the carpet up in that room (because it was that nasty stinky gross), then layed a tarp down, then set up our bed and the tv. We lived out of laundry baskets and basically lived in a disaster area for the whole summer. We hustled to get the upstairs repainted and recarpeted so we could "move in" upstairs then get started on the downstairs. Long story short, we just barely finished all our projects in time to welcome Liam into our home (a now safe zone).
I have Ian to thank for all the work accomplished. He taught himself how to do each thing that needed redone. Ian learned wiring, tiling, plumbing, miter sawing, wood laminate flooring, etc. I learned how to... um... supervise and respond to his yelling in the crawl space (requesting tools and other help). I did learn how to use the drill I guess. Ian even picked out the paint for each of the rooms. I gotta say he's got great taste. He says he has a queer eye. It's been fun decorating and designing the house with him. He is much more bold than I am with color.

Anyway, it's so nice having our own place to do what we please. I remember when we first moved in. I turned up the TV as loud as I could and just felt so liberated! No more landlords or shared walls! A yard to mow, a garden to grow, a family to raise! I love our home!

10 comments:

Ashley said...

I remember when we first moved in. I turned up the TV as loud as I could and just felt so liberated!
i'm so excited i could just wet myself! we won't have so much redoing to do if we get the house we're looking at but just having a HOUSE! woohoo!
p/s i hope the italicize thing worked on that first line

Kristen said...

How exciting! I would love to be able to do that. Right now we rent our house and I am considering asking our landlord to take three months rent off if I can re-design the stupid place. It'd be so much fun!!!

utmommy said...

Sounds like all the hard work paid off.

Valarie said...

I'm impressed!

We thought we were going the easy route with a new house. Not so. He's already had the chance to learn basement framing and sprinkler installation.

Katie said...

Yours is such a great house. I miss it and the people who live there! You guys have done an awesome job.

Nikkie said...

I did the same thing when my ex and I moved into our place. He own a duplex and being the landlords I don't care if my tv is too loud! (our place is sound proofed very well)

Nicole said...

I know that is an AWESOME feeling. Seeing something trashed out and fixing it up with your own hands to make it beautiful. Great memories too. Everytime that we have ever redone something with friends or whatever, the memories we make while doing it is almost better than the after product. Good times!

Stephanie said...

This is where DH and I differ. I want to renovate an old home, he only wants new. I am SO jealous! I think you have such pride of ownership with those types of projects.

So jealous!

Nettie said...

You brought back memories our our first house. We did the living in one room thing, too. Only our garage was more like a leaky oversized shed.

Do we get to see more of the "bold" color choices?

itybtyfrog said...

I love remodeling! We are currently working on remodeling our third home. They have all been so fun. I love trying out new paint colors, flooring, kitchen cabinets and countertops, and fixing up a overgrown garden. I would love to see pics of what you have done!