Guest Post by LD:
Ever since we first toured our house, the word that has been thrown around is “potential”. Our house was built and designed as a starter house with minimal upgrades. Everywhere we look we’re finding more and more projects to make this house our own. It’s a bit overwhelming.
Now for those of you who haven’t see our house yet, you are probably imagining a rundown house that needs a lot of love and care to bring it up to snuff after everything you have heard about this house thus far. Our house was a great house even before we started work on it. It just had some apathetic owners in the past. How did they fix marks on the wall? A nice big bleach stain covers that up. How did they fix drywall with dog urine on it? A nice big bleach stain covers that up. How did they fix all the dirt and hair that comes with three dogs and two cats? They didn’t, they embraced it.
This house sounds mighty inviting now, doesn’t it? Well, after two long weeks of ripping out drywall in the basement, scrubbing floors and showers, replacing drains, painting walls, installing outlets, and installing a radon mitigation system. The house is OK in my book. With some money invested in cleaning supplies, tools, replacement parts, and lots of garbage bags the house is to a point where it feels like a home. Yes, there are a lot of things to do still but they are now to make this house our own and not to fix neglect. We have a list a mile long of everything we want to do ranging from installing down lighting, replacing doors, installing stair runners, dry walling, remodeling three bathrooms, remodeling a kitchen, tiling a basement, installing an egress window, refinishing a deck, redoing landscaping, and many more, but they are our projects to make what is a very nice and simple house our home.