Thursday, April 27, 2017

DEMO!

3 months of pent up anticipation can make ya move QUICK, let me tell you. After signing the papers (and getting a drink because OMG stressful) we went over to the house and hit the ground running! I still cannot believe how much we accomplished. HUGE shout out goes to my parents, and Dans aunt and uncle (Hey Patti and Jay!) for coming over on Saturday. Just, wow guys.

SO, what did we do? WELL! On the main floor, we took down the kitchen wall:




Removed the living room door frame/opened it up on the other side:


Removed the appliances, took down the kitchen ceiling, demoed the brick, demoed the breakfast nook turned bathroom... basically made the kitchen look like as big of a disaster as possible:


Funny story, so this brick is super fake and we hated the look. We saw in the basement that there was a chimney under there with actual brick so we figured they probably put this fake stuff over the real stuff so we will chip it away and VOILA real brick. My mom and I were too curious to wait and started chipping away at the fake brick to see if there was a buried gem. NOT ONLY was there real brick (as we suspected) under there, but there was about 8" of DEAD SPACE behind this like whaaaaaaaaaaat. The black vent is actually a laundry chute (LOL), so ALL of that got ripped down so we can get some more kitchen real estate!


That was the extent of the first floor mess. Upstairs we ripped out ALL the carpet (Hardwood foors!!):





(adding new stair treads to my running list of things to do...)

And we tore down the bedroom wall!




Like why was that even there? No one knows. 

THEN! Right when I thought everyone was too tired to keep going my dad is all, hey don't we need to get the tub out. WHY YES WE DO!




So he gets up in the ceiling, saws off the tub and him and Dan rip it out (ohhh how easy it is to type those kind of things haha). And don't you just LOVE opening up exterior walls and not seeing ANY insulation. C'mon 1900s construction, why couldn't ya hook us up with any of that?!

Some less glamorous things (ie: I don't have photo proof that it actually happened) that we did over the weekend: cut down the trees that were eating the house/garage and removed cabinets left in the basement (to accommodate the new bathroom plumbing.

SO, like I said - SUCCESSFUL weekend. Dan and I are SO thankful to have people in our lives who think this is as fun as we do and will come help for free beer (currency of the future).

What's next?
Well, you can't tell from the pictures, but there are alot of cracks in the plaster, and the ceilings are all in pretty rough shape. So we have a crew of guys here this week to repair the plaster. The dumpster was delivered (thank the lord!) so our yard doesn't look like a landfill anymore. THEN we need to demo the bathroom floor, the kitchen floor, take down some wall paper...yadda yadda yadda. FUN times ahead guys!



Monday, April 24, 2017

Wanna take a look inside?!

About 4 days before we closed on the house, we ACTUALLY saw the house in all it's glory. I mean, we've SEEN the house before but crawling through boxes makes it hard to REALLY see what the floors look like and closed blinds on every windows makes it hard to see that although some are cracked, they let in some pretty amazing light!

OKAY so here is the grand tour. I don't have any floor plans drawn up so just, join me on this photo adventure :)

Reminder, this is the exterior of the house.



The front door opens up into a cute little porch area. The plan for this room is to try and salvage the flooring and bring it back to life. Put some paint on the walls/trim, a cute light fixture, and a few chairs to hang out in.




Once you walk in, immediately to your left is a little den. There are original french doors for this opening in the basement which I am ITCHING to re-hang here. This room is going to be my office, so a little paint, a cute light fixture and this room will SHINE. All 3 walls are filled with windows, it's going to be amazing.


Directly ahead from the front door is the living room. Beams on the ceiling! The molding!


We are going to remove that door, it's to a closet. We will open it up from the other side to access it through the back door. Closing this off gives us a little more wall space to really make it FEEL like a living room. 

To the right of the front door is the DINING ROOM:



It has this AMAZING built in, and is a HUGE room so we are pretty pumped about that. The doorway in the picture above goes into the kitchen, so we are going to knock that down a bit to open it up and let in ALL the light. Otherwise, scrape the ceilings (whyyy popcorn whyy) and sand the floors and this baby is good to go!

WANNA SEE THE KITCHEN?!



Nothing to write to Joanna Gains about (yet!) but we have some pretty fun plans for this space. The wall above the stove is the one that is getting knocked out...BTW. Also, faux brick? whadddup (bye). Scattered shreds of wall paper, a hole in the ceiling (hmm below the bathtub WHAT could cause that?!), and plywood for flooring! We are going to keep the cabinet boxes and get new doors, all new appliances, flooring etc.etc.etc.etc.

Beyond the kitchen is a little breakfast nook which is totally cute and everything, but do we really need a huge dining room AND a breakfast nook?!


Probably not.

Plus it's kinda bigish for a cute and quaint eatng nook so guess whats going there?! A bathroom/laundry combo room! The house is 3br 1ba, and one of the items we really wanted in a house was 2 bathrooms. This was the perfect area for one, and had enough room for a washer/dryer.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, well 4 if you include the bedroom with a wall in the middle...umm no.




There were 3 colors of carpet upstairs! Including a long red shag that hadn't been vacuumed in...quite some time! The room sizes are decent, and we are going to take out the dividing wall in one of the bedrooms to make it a larger master.

The one bathroom in the house is a BEAUTIFUL blue color haha...but unfortunately the tub is leaking (see: kitchen), and the window is riddled with water damage, so that'll all have to go. We want to re-tile it all, raise up the shower spout (because not all people are 5' tall), and put in a new (water proof!) window.



This is the little area outside the bedrooms and bathroom. Beautiful blue stained carpet (probably to match the blue tile in the bathroom?! BUT LOOK at all that storage!


And, Dan's favorite part of the house?



3 car garage! Ya know, for all of our RVs (they are 10x10 garage doors!). The footprint of that garage is larger than my last house...CRAZY. Oh and they were nice enough to leave (what they called) a play house on the property! The next big gust of wind should knock that sucker down.

So, yeah this house needs a little love, but we can just SEE the potential and cannot wait to actually have it realized. We started demo this past weekend and have crews here this week to start knocking out some items, can't wait to show ya the progress there!


































Friday, April 21, 2017

YOU GUYS, OMG.

I've written and re written this post 5 times. For 5 different houses. But finally, I am able to hit PUBLISH.

If you have been following the blog, you might have gathered (how could you not?!) that I sold my house and my (new!) husband and I were looking for another one (because you can only squat in your sisters house for so long). If you ask anyone doing the same thing this past year (yeah we've been looking for a year) they'll say the same thing: the market is cray (crazy).

Why is it cray? Well here is my 'i'm not a realtor' view of it. About a year ago sh*t hit the fan and house prices went up and things were STILL selling (like, my house!) #supplyanddemand. Other homeowners were all like "omg, our neighbors house sold for WHAT? HONEY PAINT THE CABINETS WHITE WE'RE SELLING THIS PLACE!".  And so they did, along with every other house. Paint the cabinets and trim white (what? we've never painted before but it looks easy?!) and slap a statement color on the front door before fabreezing your way out the door to sell the place (no we never had dogs whaaat).

We saw ALL of those houses. The ones with the sticky cabinet paint, carpet with no carpet pad (ummm), and dining rooms turned to bedrooms to add another comp to the listing (it's okay, we will just eat in the 'eat in kitchen' for one). It. Was. Discouraging. We wanted a fixer upper, but we DIDN'T want to fix a shotty job. Thus, the problem.

In the past year there were about 5-8 houses that we ACTUALLY liked, all were estates of some sort (what? we have a soft spot for dated carpeting, wall paper and handicap bars in showers). Once we gave eachother the silent nod of approval we started to run the numbers. What are the renovation costs? What is the anticipated payback? Do we even want to live in this area? UGH should we just sell everything and travel for a year (legit question I asked multiple times, to no avail).

With each offer, I basically move into the house mentally, which I found to be emotionally draining. AND, with every offer we submit, there was a higher all cash offer to follow. Most offers were met with 5-12 other offers on the table. SO COOL HUH? It was a bit discouraging to say the least, and I had to mentally move out of each house, which was a logistical nightmare (LOL).

But, of course I am spilling this to the interwebs because, we FINALLY hooked a house. The house had sat on the market, out of our price range for a few months. Our realtor checked it out one day and said it was worth looking into but it was still fresh on the market (aka little wiggly room price-wise). Over the holidays it sat and finally in January we went to see it to see if we could make this one work. (YES we first looked at it in JANUARY and now, April, we get the house. I'll explain that mess in a minute...)

Most houses, the more we stay in them during the showing, the less we like them. We start to find the flaws that maybe we can over look, and continue to convince ourselves that this house can work. Then there were the houses that the more time we stayed in them, the more we saw ourselves living there, and overlooked the renovations ($$$) that needed to happen because OMG LOOK AT THAT BUILT IN HUTCH. This was one of those houses.


LOL isn't she a BEAUT. Kinda looks like a haunted house huh?

Yeah, the roof is shot ($$$$), and yeah the kitchen ceiling ($$) has holes in it from water damage ($$$$), and yeah there are a few broken windows ($$$$$$$$$$). BUT! The beautiful molding around the doors! The cute little den and beautifully large dining room! And best of all, the ONE thing we couldn't change about ALL other houses: the location, it was perfect. We saw potential here, so we ran the numbers, drew up a budget and crossed our fingers that they would accept our offer. There was a bit back and forth, but guys, we got a house!

Like I mentioned above, our offer was accepted in the beginning of February, which if you know math, that is more than the typical 45 days, or even 60 days waiting game. It's also the reason you don't see any interior photos above. In an effort to not put the previous owners on blast (I could write NOVELS about the drama in the past 3 months, but i'll spare you), i'll say this: they were hoarders. We are going in pretty blind to a few things with this house because we just couldn't see everything prior to making the offer. A few areas were cleared after 2 months of little work which helped us to navigate the renovation projects. SPEAKING of renovations! We are hitting the ground running right away! 2 walls will come down, one bathroom will be added, and so. much. more. We have one month before we move in and here's hoping we have a habitable space by then!

Brace yourself bank account, renovation projects are coming...