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First Home Fix

First time home buyers, sprucing the place up with limited time and budget.

Do you need a home renovation intervention? Do you find yourself going from room to room trying to transform as much as you possibly can? We understand where you’re coming from. Which is why we decided to take a break.

Renovating a kitchen can knock the wind out of you and take a toll on your pocket book. It’s so easy to want to keep going, especially if you bought a fix’er upper like we did. Although, now that the kitchen is finished, or at least operable, we decided to kick back for awhile and enjoy the work we’ve done so far.

We’ve had a few dinner parties, cracked open the never used shower gifts that we received back in 2006, and we’re enjoying it. Although, we have to admit it…in some strange way, we do miss our nightly runs to Home Depot, the high pitched squeal of sawing wood, and the smell of a fresh coat of paint. That’s how we know we need an intervention. We realized we need to “get a life”…get out of the hardware store and do something else. Reconnect with friends, meet the neighbors, have date night. On that note, stay tuned! There will be more to come.

In my Dreams Siding

Our Home

We’re almost finished with the kitchen renovation and we pledged to take a home renovation break for awhile.  But why do I find myself day dreaming about siding!  It’s such a bad idea to take that project on right now, or any time in the near future,  but it is fun to dream.  So just for fun, here are some pictures of what our current siding looks like (the lovely green vinyl is ours in case you couldn’t tell) and some pictures of what I’ve been dreaming about.  Keep in mind, we’re going for a New England cottage by the sea look for our 1952 Ranch with a bonus room.

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It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living in our home for almost one year.  What a busy year it’s been.   As first timers, we certainly learned a lot along the way.  With the one year anniversary creeping up on us, it got us thinking…if we could do it all over again, what would we do differently?   A few things came to mind, but here is a list of the top 5.

1. Not installing a utility sink in the laundry room-would have come in handy during the months without a kitchen sink.

2.  Painting and trimming a room and then deciding to knock it down-even our handyman got annoyed with us for doing this.  But it turned out to be the best change, opening up the room and widening a doorway.

3. Assuming that you have to buy everything at Home Depot-don’t get me wrong, we have a special place in our heart for this store, but there are some good deals to be found at locally owned, specialty hardware stores.

4.  Installing a white ceramic floor in the bathroom-we are each cleaning this thing daily!

5.  Decided to insulate the attic after we packed it with stuff.  Oops.  Maybe this project will inspire a spring yard sale?!?

We have to admit, even though it’s been a lot of work, the reward is huge.