There were six different types/styles of flooring on the main level when we bought the house: three kinds of hardwood (foyer/hall, dining room and kitchen), two different kinds of carpet (in the study and family room) and old, yellowed linoleum in the laundry room.
Archives for June 2017
There’s nothing like walking into a house with a cool double-sided staircase only to have your eyes pulled up to the big hole and falling insulation right above it.
The sellers footed the bill for the drywall repair and painting, but we still had to endure the mess and the wait for it to get fixed. Drywall dust was literally in every room of the house even though they were patching a (relatively) small piece of ceiling.
Not fun, but now it looks sparkly and new!
The night before we closed on our house, the previous owners were moving things out of the attic and accidentally stepped through the ceiling (twice!) over the staircase. It was not pretty. More on that later.
We finally got to see the space empty and imagine where our furniture might go. (Exciting!) The walk-through also gave us a taste of just how much scrubbing, painting and refreshing we had ahead of us. (Less exciting!)
Closing was…inexplicably weird. We’ll leave it at that. At the end of the day, we held the keys to our house! At least for 24 hours, when we had all the locks changed 😉 I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to our funny, sharp and brilliant real estate agent, Janie Hickle with Keller Williams. She was a knowledgeable agent, a fierce advocate for us and a patient listener/counselor through the whole process. Are you moving? Call Janie!
We decided there were a few key improvements we wanted to make before we physically moved into the house: replacing flooring, renovating the upstairs hall bathroom, painting/setting up Kate’s room, painting the laundry room….and getting the ceiling fixed. Other than the painting, we hired professionals for the big-ticket items.
The journey to closing felt interminable: the weeks of commuting to my new job and being away from Chris and Kate, the weekends of packing and the nightmare that was move-out weekend, it was really just three months in total. I’m sure in a few years we’ll laugh about it all, but right now, we’re just thankful that it’s over!
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We’re chronicling the changes we make to our new-to-us home in Harrisburg, Pa.
With our first house, I kept a running Project Life scrapbook. It’s so nice to sit down with a tangible binder and flip through photos and journal cards with little additions slipped in the pocket pages.
But as our years in that house went on, I slacked off. And had a baby, for whom I completed a two-volume tome of a Project Life baby book.
As for the house? I took photos of newly painted rooms, projects we completed and new additions to the garden. I kept paint chips, garden tags and receipts. But for the last year (or two?), nothing more made it into the scrapbook. I still intend to finish it, including the final series of listing photos to truly show it in its last — and most clean and tidy! — phase.
After much thought while rolling “Banana Mania” paint on our hall bathroom walls, I decided the reality was that the pace of our home projects (and our life with a two-year-old) was unlikely to permit another hard copy home scrapbook. (I think it’s the ordering photo prints that slows me down, although I have no excuse with digital Project Life, which I hope to try for Kate’s toddler/preschool scrapbook.)
With that, our blog was born. It’s also exciting for me to have an outlet to write where I don’t have to use the words “whereas,” “pursuant to,” or “Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.”
I’ll be putting together some posts to catch up on work we’ve done (and hired people to do), then we’ll keep updating it as we go.
Thanks for reading!