New Homeowner Update: Weekend #2

June 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Posted in Around Boston, Home Ownership | Leave a comment
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Thank you for all your support and encouragement.  As requested, here’s an update on the wonderful world of first time homeownership!  We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled snark soon…

After a brief home-improvement hiatus, we (and by “we” I mean: Big Charlie of Costanzo Tile & Marble fame, Andrew and I) attacked the house last weekend.  And, I might add, we rocked “demolition couture” (think “Derelict,” but dustier):

The latest in home improvement couture!

Remember that cute little pile of demolished blue bathroom materials?

Our former bathroom

Well, that pile has grown to epic proportions and taken over the garage, swelling with kitchen demolition debris, structures formerly-known-as-walls, ancient flooring and appliances, etc.

Home Renovation: The Good, The Bad and (mostly) The Ugly.

And speaking of the formerly functioning debris, here’s how we got rid of the supporting wall between the kitchen and the dining room…

Please note: Charlie is not in a cage… he’s working between the two temporary “walls” built to support the house while he put the LVLs in the attic.

On a more tranquil note, our yard (which we affectionately refer to as “the jungle”) continues surprising us!  Every week a new type of flora blooms, so we’ve seen lots of gorgeous color since spring!  Last weekend’s floral showcase included white roses and a sea of green vegetation punctuated by flashes of yellow flowers:

 

Stop and Smell the...


What’s next in the ever-evolving home renovation plan?  Well, this weekend we’ll be celebrating Father’s Day by putting our dads (and my Mo!) to work (again) building a closet, removing more carpet, prepping the walls for painting, etc.  Lucky them?  Rhymes-with-Father-of-the-Bride and Charlie truly deserve a special place in heaven.  Happy (early) Father’s Day!

~Sarah

Our First Weekend As Homeowners

June 1, 2011 at 11:33 am | Posted in Around Boston, Home Ownership | 6 Comments
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Adventures in home ownership... weekend #1

Well, dear reader(s), I’m happy to report that, as of last Wednesday, Andrew and I are officially first time home owners!  And like most things, we didn’t do it alone: our families have been there for us every step of the way, from encouraging us to take this purchasing leap to counseling us about mortgages and loans, from house-hunting to cheerleading, our dads (RWFOTB and Charlie) and moms (Lisa and Kathy), not to mention siblings (holla Elizabeth – the most tenacious wallpaper remover in the world!), helped make this post… errrr… I mean, this grown-up step possible.

As I mentioned in my last home-buying post, I think buying a house (especially a “fixer-upper”) is more stressful and more work than getting hitched (and we all know how cuckoo that process is for some people).  There’s not an emotion out there that we haven’t experienced since we signed 30 years of our monies away.

We felt excitement, fear, joy, frustration, elation – and most of all, we were overwhelmed.

When we literally scraped the most ridiculous wallpaper for two and a half days/nights, we were overwhelmed (and boy, does this house have a LOT of wallpaper… hello 1970s!).

When we realized we spent more time in Home Depot (aka our second home) in one weekend than many of their staff has all week, we were overwhelmed.

When Big Charlie and I had to push down a wall together because it was too darn solid to do alone, we were overwhelmed.

And when we think about all the money we… never mind, it’s too overwhelming to think about.

We are overwhelmed by everything we accomplished this weekend – knocking down closets and rebuilding them elsewhere, designing our new kitchen and bathroom, pulling down walls, ridding the house of wallpaper, ripping up carpets and padding and staples, power-washing the house, gardening and cutting down trees, etc. etc. etc. – and everything left to accomplish.

And when we think about how much support and encouragement and love and kindness – not to mention MANUAL LABOR (I’m looking at you, Big Charlie! We adore Costanzo Tile & Marble) – we received from our families, we are overwhelmed with gratitude.

Thank you, family, for everything. And if I never see wallpaper again, it’ll be too soon.

~ Sarah

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