The house is not 100% complete but our apartment lease ended September 30, so it was time to move, ready or not. Among the things still to finish: paint & caulk main floor base & case, finish upstairs casing where we ran out, paint & install interior doors, paint & carpet the stairs, paint the entryway crown, re-install living room crown (where the wall was cut back). It’s not a terrible amount of work and the house is definitely livable and cozy as is. My plan going forward is to obviously finish the big things but then switch to a room-by-room approach. Take one room each weekend and tackle all the little details that make a house a home. Things like coat hooks, rugs, curtains, decor, etc. Once that is finished it will probably be time to get started on the backyard … or the basement … haha. It’s never ending 🙂 And now, a room-by-room look at the changes as they stood on moving day.
Wow! I know we’ve been working since June but, man, all these pictures really show just how much work we’ve done. When I first walked into this house I was not impressed. The evening after our initial showing I told J: “Every inch needs work *sigh*” and sure enough we have worked on nearly every inch — and those inches we haven’t worked on yet are simply waiting for future time and funds. This house went from “meh” and “ick” to “Home Sweet Home”.
Going from a 990 sq ft apartment to a 2800 sq ft home is amazing! There is plenty of room for all our stuff — our materialistic, American, collection of stuff; plenty of room for little L — I don’t have to dodge landmines aka toys just to sit on the couch; plenty of room for friends and family — we don’t have to crowd into a tiny living room. The one down side of expanding our living space is that we don’t have enough furniture! We technically have the same number of seats as before but at least people aren’t sitting knee to knee anymore. And the basement is essentially empty except for storage. Little L’s playroom is mostly a room of toys without kid-sized furniture (here we come, Ikea!). The rug that used to fill our entire dining room/nook in the apartment is now a sized-too-small rug for the playroom — it looks so tiny!
I could go on and on about this house. I haven’t even touched on the exterior work yet. And I haven’t even started on about the neighborhood or our great neighbors! This is simply, hands down, a very good move (pun intended). Our future looks bright (not to be too cliche).
P.S. I promise we will host a housewarming once things are a little more settled and the big work is finished 🙂