Our Home Story

Home is where the heart is or in my case my amazing husband, my princess puddin’ face (our dog Bailey), and my boatload of furniture (that is runneth over in my hubster’s garage space – womp).

We live in a 1970’s Brady-esq abode that we purchased (our first!) in November 2010.  We had no plan or intention of buying a home last year but we had talked about it over that past few years and casually looked….stopped looking….looked some more…..and decided it would be best to stay in our rental where we lived for just shy of 3 years.  We happened to be, again, super casually looking at homes since we were nearing our renewal time frame (and dealing with a slum landlord) when we decided to very casually on a lazy day begin cruising around town looking at some of these houses in person.  Some were meh, some were uhh nope, and some were prospective prospects.  I will say again this was just a ‘we’ve got nothing else to do today let’s go look at houses’.  On this particular day we didn’t find the house.  Oh and let me just mention to you now, I come from a long line of ramblers and complete painted picture story tellers so …. you get the idea.  On Labor Day 2010, on the way to a family gathering, we happened to be driving down the road and happened to be unintentionally passing some of the houses we’d seen online.  Nope. Nope.  Nope.  Nope.   Nope.  Funny thing.  We were nearing our destination and hubs says ‘Hey I think that one of those houses we were looking at is right down here (this road).’  I said ‘Which one?  The ugly one?’  ‘Yea.’  I then said ‘I don’t want to look at it.  It’s ugly.’  ‘We’re already out this way.  Let’s just drive-by and take a look.’  So we pass the ‘ugly’ house and then I tell hubs to pull in the drive way.  There it was.  There have only been a few other moments in my life that I’ve felt so sure of something.  The moment I knew my husband, then boyfriend, at the age of 18, was the one.  The moment I said ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ to the proposal written in the sand.  And the moment I said ‘I do!’  Sure there are more great moments but those are the stand outs.  Back to the ‘ugly’ house.  We pulled in the driveway, through the curved wooded pathway to find the most uniquely, breathtaking, wonderfully, perfect house EVER!  The second we saw it.  We both knew.  I know you’re probably think ‘Riiigggghhttt’ it’s true.  We were both in love.  Needless to say, much like my wedding dress, it was the first and only house we looked at, walked through, made and offer, counter offered, counter counter offered, accepted, and officially closed on.  What can I say?  When you know, you know.  So the moral of the story is, much like meeting my husband – then boyfriend, good things tend to find you when you’re not looking for them.

It’s a work in progress that is continuously evolving just like our love and life together.   I’ll show you what we are working on, what isn’t being worked on, and what we’ve finished as it happens.  Sllllooooowwwllyyyyy but eventually we’ll get it done.  We’re just your average twenties couple just trying to pinch pennies and do something neat one good deal at a time.


12 thoughts on “Our Home Story

  1. Hey, we are similar here as well!
    I was adamant about not being ready to buy a house until I saw on the news in July 2010 that interest rates were down to 4.5%…
    So on Wednesday we had our first ever appointment with a mortgage broker just to “make a plan” for buying a house at some point.
    Toured the first house on Friday….and we were in escrow Saturday! Moved in less than 60 days later.

    Congrats on your house, and I really enjoy reading about your improvements!

    • That’s awesome! Thanks for reading! Btw so glad you commented again. I don’t think the first one had your blog on it. I’m going to check your blog out now :-)

      • Aww, well thanks :-) But I’m not really good at updating it, so the content isin’t all that great.
        I’m gonna try and get better though, tons of changes happening on the house!

      • It’s a labor of love! I had started a blog a few years ago when I first began working on furniture with high hopes of sticking with it and unfortunately due to a combination of poor timing and my 9-5, I bailed on it. I knew how important it was to blog again and just get my words down I knew that this time around I wanted to do it right. I decided the best way to do it right was to start from scratch with a new blog/name/style/design etc. I spent a good 3 months working on names. I created several hundred! It’s something you really have to commit to before diving in. I wish I had stayed with it the first go round but honestly, it’s been very rewarding this time around going into it with a different mindset. I can’t wait to see your house/updates! Make sure you keep me in the loop!

    • Oh thanks! I’m so awful! So basically I’m working up a floor plan to share along with room-by-room photos (got a blog overhaul coming in the next few months) and the sq ft I’m unsure of. I know I have it somewhere in my paperwork and it’s something I need to find. I think it’s like 1900/2000 sq ft? Not completely sure though. It’s a 3bd/2.5b house custom built in the 1970’s. I plan to do a video walk through at some point too. :-)

      • Awesome. Can’t wait to see. Don’t beat yourself up about it… I have YET to get a floor plan of our house up. I’ve been meaning to, but work,baby, life in general… it’ll get done some day :)

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