We've officially been in for two months (and two days)! It's been a roller coaster for sure. We lost Peebs and have been living in a semi-active construction zone. When I type it out, it doesn't seem that bad, but things are always different outside of the page. Peebs (our black lab) was a sudden and heartbreaking loss that really hit us hard. We'd never had to say goodbye to a furry family member before and it was awful. Cancer sucks.
We've also taken some time to let our finances recover slightly and learn to live in the house. We're getting as organized as we can be, but the upstairs hasn't been finished, so we're living in two less rooms than normal. The drywall in the living room and master bedroom also had to be re-done by the original contractor we used and we're right in the middle of that (small glance in lead photo). We posted a messy house tour you can see here though! Logan also posted a great progress of the living room on Facebook. We were able to remove an entire wall early on and it made a huge difference!
Our next big project is finishing the upstairs to a point where we can move in. We had to strip the (former) brown room and upstairs landing as well as rip out two more ceilings. We've now cleaned up after that demo and have gone from this:
The angle isn't exactly the same, but progress has definitely been made! Next up we have to insulate both rooms upstairs and refinish the floors. We got lucky and one room upstairs had an original door and the beadboard walls were in great shape. The room above is in a little rougher shape and will require a little more finishing. One wall is missing about half the beadboard and it looks like the former owners just patched in enough to put the paneling up. The walls in both rooms will likely get painted, but that will be a decision for another day. The old rooms felt a little stodgy and now, even without anything really finished, they feel like they've taken a deep breath and are more open and airy. The rooms are both about 15'x15' and get pretty good light for only two small windows!
So far we love owning a house and it still feels a little surreal to me. I'm sure one day the "honeymoon" feeling will wear off, but we are so fortunate to have found a house we both love. Be sure to check our Facebook page for more frequent updates!
Until next time,