Over the summer I stumbled upon a house in the neighborhood where I grew up. It is 0.4 miles from my family, which was the best selling feature for me. Of course this would be a deal breaker for some people, but with a bunch of kids still in the family I'm always driving home for visits.
I had also grown tired of paying condo dues. We kept them low, but I did quite a bit of work on my own, and didn't agree with some of the purchasing decisions. With a 2/3 vote to approve, only three units, and some big decisions to come, the condo association was bound to have some friction sooner or later.
I had also grown tired of city living, and longed for the private, quiet, and breezy life of the suburbs. I have been in my new home for two months now, and have made some progress. It is a fixer upper for sure, but I look forward to the challenges. My soon-to-be beautiful two bedroom house, on 3/4 of an acre, with a two car garage is perfect for me, and the price was right.
Here are some pictures to give you an idea of just what I'm getting myself into!
|This is my kitchen. I ripped up the vinyl tile floor, and took out all the doors and drawers so I can sand and paint them. Excuse the mess!|
|This is the hallway, it will be the easiest space to work on. Wallpaper is almost down!|
|Lovely picture of one of my bedrooms, wall needs a good cleaning but at least all the wallpaper is gone!|
|My pink radiator!|
|Probably my favorite space in the house. I can't wait to have a working fireplace. If you can't see the potential in the rest of the house maybe you can see it here? Wallpaper is on it's way out here too!|
|One of many ceilings that will need some work due to water damage.|
|Another view of the living room. This will be a great place to hang out someday, but for now it's my workspace.|
|This is my lovely pink bathroom, complete with rusty pink radiator. At least the wallpaper and vinyl tiles are gone!|
|Did I mention that I have an old green bathtub with fancy gold hardware in my pink bathroom? Even Fatty is in awe!|