Saturday, January 28, 2012

House Update

We got it! It didn't happen as quickly as we would have liked....but it didn't take this long either. Nope. We actually purchased our new 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage home in December. And we've been renovating it ever since. It needs a TON of work. See for yourself.

This is a wall in the "finished" basement kitchen

Another "finished" wall in the basement

The laundry area (it is in the downstairs kitchen)

Peel and stick tiles in a lovely shade of blech (downstairs kitchen)

The dirtiest, ugliest carpet I have ever seen in my life. It was bright emerald green and had never ever been washed or vacuumed. This is the entrance from the downstairs kitchen into the downstairs family room. Ew.

I will just leave it at that so that my blog doesn't completely repulse you. *Sigh* There is a LOT of work to be done. Husband has been working on it after work every night, on his days off, and through the weekend. It is going to take a while. A while is a good and bad thing. Good because I am having the hardest time picking stuff out. Mostly because I like too many things and it is hard to narrow it down to just a few. I promise the next time I post about the house, you'll see better looking photos!

Why would we buy a house that needed so much work? Our condo was in good condition, and we could have easily made it fabulous instead of coming up with an insane amount of money to put down on a dump. The reason is simple. It just made more financial sense for us. Our mortgage for this house is much less than the mortgage on the condo, and there are no HOA fees. We are saving about $500 a month in this house. We also have instant equity in this home. It appraised for a significant amount more than what we paid for it. Even in the condition it was in when we purchased it. So we get a bigger (about twice as much space as the condo), detached house that we can customize to our style for less. Score!! As far as we're concerned, this house is a diamond in the rough. I'm glad my husband has carpentry skills and vision. We are both excited to turn this into a comfortable aesthetically pleasing home for our family.


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