We've been working steadily since the move and I'm now convinced that the house is clean enough that we can begin some projects. At the moment, we're living in the basement, which is not ideal but we're pretending we're camping. Not really, but it actually does feel a bit like camping. The sellers left a bed in the basement (yuck) and we think we'll need to saw the box spring to get it out of here so Corey and I are cramped onto our own double mattress on the floor. We're hoping to have the floors done this week!
And now, I'm finally going to show you our house on the day we moved in. Don't worry- we're already making some progress but this house is going to keep us busy for A WHILE! So strap on your seat belts, because here come the "before" pictures. (I don't know why but I actually still haven't taken an exterior shot. I just noticed this... oops!)
|Living Room: Don't worry, that window A/C unit will soon be a thing of the past!|
|Kitchen with Entrance to Family Room|
|Family Room: This picture was taken during the move so those are our sofas... This room is now packed to the gills since it is one of the few rooms without original hardwood to finish.|
|Backyard: Not our furniture.|
|Entrance: Pay no attention to the green carpet or the knob and tube light switch plate... They won't be around for long.|
|Bathroom: Again, not our stuff. We'll start work on this bathroom next month.|
What are we going to do first? Well, remember the list from my post about finding our dream home? Here it is again:
Add to this list: I actually wrote this before the move and have since modified in red...
- Have a company install central air. I don't know why I left this major change out of the last post, except that we're not doing it ourselves. We have hired a company and they will likely start next weekend. Unfortunately, most of the duct work in the house is going to be usable so this will cost more $$$ than we thought and likely take at least a week to complete.
- Create a closet for the master bedroom. We're going to do this as affordably as possible for now.
- Install wall-mounted bedside lighting. Soon.
- Create built-ins for the living room. Soon
- Find or build a garden shed for Corey. Maybe next year. This is not a place to spend money at the moment and we discovered a very functional crawl space under the family room, which will give us storage for gardening tools for now.
As you can see, our house is throwing us some curve balls but we're learning to be patient and flexible. We are finally home and it has always been our dream to renovate and restore an old house together so we feel very lucky!
We are limited only by time (We are obviously both working full time at jobs which require long hours. In fact, I've already seen clients this weekend.) and money.
This is going to be an interesting year...