our first and forever house
“Please, say it again: how big is your library?”
Advice for people considering a full gut and remodel of their house:
1. Never buy anything on credit. We did it paycheck to paycheck and waited when we had to. We now have our house payment but no credit card bills!
2. Do as much as the labor by yourself (or with time-generous family) as possible. That is how we were able to remodel our whole (small) house for so cheap. If you don’t know how to do something then read up on it. I spent a lot of time online and reading books about plumbing, electrical, etc.
3. Keep an eye out for specials, clearance, craigslist stuff all the time. This works well if you have some savings put away. We would have missed great deals on our windows if we hadn’t had the savings to buy all of them at once when they were clearanced at Home Depot.
1. Definately have at least 2-3k in savings when you start out. Especially if you are not using any credit, you will need that savings when problems arise or when you find a really great deal you can’t pass up.
2. I’m not sure if this is really possible from a construction standpoint but if it is possible then, PLEASE wait till the very, very, very, very last days before moving in to install your shower/tub and toilet. Cleaning a “new” shower and toilet before moving in is a major buzzkill when they were subjected to weeks of construction debris.
3. Basically throw any detailed schedule out the window. Start from the ground up, walls, paint, fixtures but don’t think that everything is going to go according to some day to day or even week to week plan. Some things took way longer than we thought and others went by so quick!
4. Once per month take one day to do something relaxing or fun with your partner AWAY from the house project. I don’t think we did this every month but we tried to have balance in our lives as much as possilbe. A full house renovation will consume everything in your life if you are not careful and will lead to very frayed nerves!
5. I would maybe wait a year after being married to start a huge construction project. Don’t get me wrong, I feel so lucky and so blessed and so happy that I now have a house to live in that we own (kindof) and we have only been married one year. I really can’t believe sometimes that I am basically a homeowner under the age of 30. But if you are looking to spend the first year of your marriage with no fights and very little stress then rent an apartment and chill out. Construction projects are not for the faint of heart and they are NOT for people who are not totally committed to each other. Just sayin…..
6. Just Do it! Don’t be scared of a fixer. As long as there is no crazy mold or termite damage, I think any house can be salvaged (we even pulled out a moldy closet). Although it is hard work and takes time and can get stressful——it is/was all worth it. You get the choice where walls go, you get to choose the floor, the paint, everything! It can be a very fun process.
Living Room ceiling fan! Ry did a wonderful job of installing our two ceiling fans, (one in the living room and one in our bedroom). We have experienced two hots days and one pretty cool day. I think they do a good job of cooling the house at night and in the morning as long as we keep the windows open too. We are pretty set on getting some sort of air conditioning as soon as we can since during the hottest parts of the day, it gets too stuffy inside.
I apologize to anyone who followed this blog (and hopefully still does :/) about not posting at all in soooooooooooooo long!
We have lived in our Little House for 3 days so far and are LOVING it! Right now we don’t have internet set up but I still hope to post tons more updates:)
Thanks for all the well wishes. I really can’t believe in my OWN home right now. It’s pretty much amazing!