This is where you get to see all of my Big Ideas: good or bad, past and future! Wherever possible, I’ve included source lists and links to relevant posts. But first, a little background information. In August of 2006, we walked into this 6-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1904-built beauty and fell in love:
Well, I fell in love. I looked past the lack of curb appeal, the silly-putty pink walls in every room, the carpet that covered original hardwood floors, the sloping floor in the bathroom, and the awkward kitchen remodel that left us with a bathtub in the dining room. I saw its potential, and I fell in love with the idea of making it pretty.
Chris, however, had a different thought process. He saw a house that was — to use his favorite term — “functional.” (He and I, as it turned out, had a very different definition of “functional”). He saw an investment opportunity: buy a house priced 30% lower than similar properties in the area, live in it for a few years, watch house prices continue to go up, then sell it for a profit.
Then the housing market collapsed. Ooops.
I’ll make a long story short and just say that we’re now planning on staying in this house…indefinitely. And despite our meager spare change, I’d really like to enjoy the time we’ll be spending here. My only hope is that my tenacity and obsessive-compulsive attention to detail can save us ridiculous amounts of money, and maybe even add some value.
(Notice I didn’t say, “my DIY experience and general handiness.” That resumé is sadly lacking.)
But a girl can dream, right?
Click on individual rooms below to see where they’ve been, and where they might be going. (Images created on www.FloorPlanner.com)