A farewell to our farmhouse
Originally posted 04.13.2015
Do people write love letters to houses? No? Well, they should.
Pancake and I have decided to list our 1923 farmhouse. Our first home. The fixer-upper we bought in as-is condition. The beater that happened to be in a great school district, in a great neighborhood, on a great street, with great neighbors. It was the best location we could afford, and the house had just enough old charm left in it to keep it out of a landfill.
KonMari, but for your house
In it’s never ending quest to give us shows we didn’t know we needed, Netflix launched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo earlier this month. Was it a coincidence that a show geared toward keeping your home clean debuted in unison with your new year’s resolution to get your life in order? I’m gonna go ahead and say that the folks at Netflix planned that one pretty carefully.
Marriage Proposals and Remodeling
Have you ever seen The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? If not, here's an overview: It's a dating show where the the entire season leads up to the star of the show, an attractive single person who just hasn't found love yet, proposing to another attractive single person who just hasn't found love yet. What's interesting about it, other than the drama created when a bunch of strangers are cut off from the world and offered free booze, is that we've seen a lot of marriage proposals. And almost all are pretty much what you'd expect them to be - "I've loved going on this adventure with you. I'm so happy when we're together. I love how smart and funny you are. I can't imagine my life without you. Will you marry me?"
Before popping the question, a list is given. The star of the show tells their soon-to-be fiancee all the reasons why they've fallen for them, and then asks the question we've been waiting 11 episodes to hear.
Wouldn't it be weird to just start with the proposal? "Hey thanks for coming, wanna get hitched?" In remodeling though, this is kind of the way most people do it.
Who are the changes for?
Happy New Year!
The new year brings with it change. We all resolve to do things differently than we did last year - to grow. The busiest month at the gym is January, right? But why isn't April as busy, or July, or October? One reason is that change is hard. Another might be because the change isn't for you. Did you join the gym because you really, deep down, wanted to? Or is it because you feel like you probably should because that's what other people do?
In our last Welcome Home post we took a look at the lounge and I got sappy. This time, let's get straight to the goods. We're checking out the primary bathroom...
Nobody can actually live a minimalist life, right? The practicality of daily chores just gets in the way - especially around the sink. You need a convenient place for soap, and scrubbers, and paper towels. The clutter is inevitable, so you should just resign yourself to living with it, right?
Welcome Home: The Lounge
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a happy new year. We certainly did. After an absolute whirlwind of a month (18 months, actually), I am happy to say that we have moved in to the new house and are settled.
Yeah, you heard me right. The. Worst.
1. Natural light. Who does the sun think he is, sending all his beams of light through my windows? The lack of walls makes it too easy for all of that natural light to permeate my home. Give me artificial flickering light bulbs and higher energy bills, is what I always say.
Should I Stay or Should I Go
When The Clash wrote the song, they must have been talking about real estate, right? If you own a house, I’m guessing you’ve asked yourself this more than once. Based on the number of TV shows dedicated to the topic, I’m guessing almost everyone has. In a vacuum, it’s a nearly impossible question to answer. There are just too many variables. So let’s try to break it down to help decide if you’re going to renovate or move.
Design a kitchen around this
Do you remember that commercial from a bunch of years ago? You know the one where the couple is walking through a huge, fancy studio listening to a pretentious architect talk about his accolades. Then they get to his office, he says, "So what can I, do for you (the I is dripping with condescension). They say...