Friday, June 26, 2009

The First Few Weeks

A lot has happened since we took possession on June 16th. Some of it good and some of it stressful. Our amazing friend Susannah (wood wizard extraordinaire) has been helping us lift the linoleum from the bedroom floor and scrape the glue. Eventually with her help we will refinish the floor in there. (more on this to come in it's own post).

My step-father-in-law / contractor has begun taking out the flooring in the basement, which has given us an extra two inches of headroom down there! Plans are being drawn up and checked over by the city, and once we find a solution for the single problematic beam down there we should be almost ready to finish demo and begin framing the basement walls.

This weekend we are going to move in to the house and with some help from our parents the wood paneling in the basement should be completely removed.

In other news, the price for our drain tile has doubled so we are working out some solutions (including adding more demo to our to do list) to save us some money. Our electrician has hurt his back and is now unable to do the job for us, so I am waiting to hear back from another electrician who was referred by my mother.

I am a bit all over the place this week as we try to get things sorted. My future posts will be much more organized, focused and hopefully better than the last few.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Good, The bad, The Exrcutiatingly Ugly

Here are some pictures that I took on the day we took possession of the house. The things that I love about the home are still wonderful, the things that need work, unfortunately, did not magically disappear while we were waiting. Here are, to employ a useful cliche, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

One Week To Go

One week until we take possession. There will be more photos and plenty more posting then! Hope you will pop by every once and a while to check our progress.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Closing the purchase...

We are closing the purchase of our home this weekend. We have started packing and organizing our current place. I wish I could fast forward this week so that I could own the house already! This past Saturday we took a huge load of stuff to the Salvation Army. We successfully got rid of plenty of books, 2 dressers, a huge bundle of clothing, and various odds and ends. We did not successfully pass on my husband's giant box of original nintendo games. (he was about to give them over to the the Sally Ann when he declared that he's just not ready to give them up yet). I not-so-secretly prefer old nintendo anyway. I digress...
I have emailed the contractor's to confirm our appointments on the day we take possession and the lawyers are expecting us. The money for completion costs is in the bank (yikes!). And despite being as prepared as I can possibly be, I still feel completely disorganized and unprepared. It feels a lot like the weeks before your wedding, where you can't do anymore except wait until the day comes and hope it all goes according to plan. What I am learning with life's big events is that the best that you can hope for is the guts to dive right in.