A few of you long time readers may remember about a year and a half ago (seriously though, where does all the time go??) when I posted a little recap of some highs and lows of homeownership. We chatted about how wonderfully our little garden was doing followed by a spontaneous crack in our toilet tank that resulted in gallons and gallons of water gushing out onto the bathroom floor. Surely, you have to remember that traumatic incident, I know that I do!
Anywho, life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies (think back to this recent post on some of our troubles). As far as home projects go, I typically share things that we end up loving our final result. This is not to say that we don’t have missteps along the way. In fact, during most of our remodels we often find ourselves feeling like we are constantly taking one step forward and two steps back.
We make progress and then find something else that was built/installed wrong to begin with and have to backtrack just to fix it. Some examples: When we re-did our bathroom, we had one headache after another – plumbing, drywall, installing new fixtures, you name it and we had some kind of issue with it. When we spruced up our bedroom, we came across wiring issues. And when we remodeled our laundry room, we found ourselves in a similar “why did they do this in the first place?!” situation.
We make mistakes and we learn as we go. All we are, are two first time homeowners trying to make our house more into our home. Since I’m not giving any how-to instructions on this ol’ bloggie blog and I simply document our life for us, I don’t always get around to sharing all of our hang-ups along the way. That gets tricky though. People often get the wrong impression that we know it all, that we don’t have missteps, and that life is just goin’ our way. So, in an attempt to keep it real, here are some new highs and lows to this owning our house deal.
Well for one, now that the weather is much colder our electricity bill was basically cut in half. It’s not as glamorous as you may think though. We’re basically just keeping our house ch-ch-chilly. Wearing socks and sweaters seems to make saving a heck of a lot of money worth it. Plus, we both tend to get hot easier than cold, so neither of us really mind being a little chilly. Here I am all bundled up a week or so post surgery:
This one was going to start as a down, but surprisingly worked out in our favor. Remember when we got new carpet installed in our basement? Well, sadly we were outside of our warranty and needed to get the seams between sections of carpet re-done. It turns out that all that steam cleaning we did after that doggie accident, pulled the seams away from each other. (It may not have made a difference though, we’ll never know!) How does this work in our favor, you ask? Well, when the carpet guys came over, they informed Alex that the original installers didn’t install it correctly. Now, they’re going to replace our entire basement carpet since it was their fault. 10 points for us.
Do you have friends that have Hulu and you have Netflix? Have you ever thought about exchanging passwords? It’ll seriously change your life.
This isn’t necessarily related to owning a house, rather… just married life in general. Alex and I bought two new(ish) Disney movies (Brave and Despicable Me) and spent Friday night and part of Saturday acting like we were kids. Popcorn and hot apple cider were involved. #youknowthatsright.
We were previously having a ton of issues with rain water getting into our garage every time there was a storm. Alex (the king of all internet searches) found a seal that we could just install right under the garage door. It literally took us 10 minutes to do both doors and now we don’t have a single drop of rain in sight.
We like to have fires in our fireplace. I get that some people only use their fireplace for decorations, cool. But, again, we’re not those folks. One of the non-negotiable items that needed to be fixed when we originally bought our house was to have the fireplace re-lined and a new cap put on top. Unfortunately, mid-fire we saw some cracked mortar between a few of the bricks. We called the company that came out the first go ‘round and received a hefty quote for the fix. It’s been a hassle dealing with them and had to have four appointments to get the work taken care of. But… something like preventing your house from catching on fire seemed like a no-brainer. Check out some of the damage:
After our laundry room overhaul, plus the surgery, oh, and Alex is taking some college classes right now and has a boat load of work to do each day, neither of us feels like nor has the time/energy/motivation to come up with our next project. We keep dreaming about what it’ll be, but no plans are being made. I have a feeling that we’ll do some small tinkering here and there, but nothing huge for a couple of months.
Our wooden Adirondack chairs that we loved so much didn’t last more than a season. We already had to replace them with not as pretty, but surprisingly more comfortable plastic versions. Bye, bye old chairs.
Bailey keeps digging in the yard. Someone come teach that dog some discipline.
Neither of us like the color that we painted the hall bathroom a year and a half ago. It’s too green (and we are green people!) and too shiney. There’s no window in there so it just feels like you’re hanging out in the middle of a big giant olive. It never even made it’s way onto the blog, so you can tell we were big fans. One day we’ll get on that. Not today though.
Oh, did I mention that we hate our kitchen? Yeah, there’s that.
Okay, so granted that’s not as many downs as I originally thought. Of course, I planned the carpet dealio and the rain-into-the-garage problem would be in the “down” pile, but, HOORAY they have solutions.
Have you guys come across any weird problems while renting/owning a house? Did you ever get an estimate for something necessary and realize it was way more than you wanted to spend? Does your dog dig in the yard like ours? I hope we’re not alone!