• September 1, 2006

Stages With The House

And other unrealistic expectations

Restoration Diary

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  1. John

    Wow. It is just like you channelled us; you’ve got the timeline and everything perfect.

  2. Dave

    Please dont sell! Your house is YOU now. In 100 years when people start to restore the house again, they will pull up old papers an tidbits of info on the both of you, and they will try to incorporate YOU into their new house and the spirit in both of you will live on (unlesssss of coursssse you are really sssssick of the housssse) muhaahaha!

    No really guys… it looks great and Im sure you motivate many more of us out there than you can imagine. Why, im about ready to rip out my living room carpet and live with the ugly worn out hardwood until I can refinish it!

    We paid $500k for a TINY two bedroom, one bath probably within a 40 minutes of you. I can believe the SIZE of your house.. Its incredible! I would love to have an upstairs! Do you have an attic besides just the upstairs?

  3. Derek

    I guess those are typical phases one goes through. I’ve been trying to pace myself, I don’t know if I could handle some of the projects I did the first year. Our house was in livible condition when we moved in, and it’s still a lot of work, I can’t imagine starting at that level. Your blog was one of the first ones I read, I hope you continue on the house, it really is great all the work you’ve done.

  4. Jill

    I had to laugh readiing this. We bought a cape cod 10 years ago in which nothing had been updated since 1975. We had a 1-year plan, a 3-year plan, and a 5-year plan. My DH is not handy, so I handle all the handy work, hiring contractors, etc. Just FYI…a kitchen gut-and-remodel was in the 5 year plan. It is now over 10 years later and I am refacing the cabinets.

    When you start hating working on the house, take a break. You guys are young and you have time. Your house is a gem that will stand the test of time, and you’ve done so much already! You might as well enjoy what you’ve done.

  5. sandy

    I am laughing my *#$ off right now!! I haven’t read something that funny in a long time – and completely similar to my situation – down to the windows being painted shut!!! We just bought a house built in 1880 in Western NY.

    I’m just going to have to retire in mine after I rent it for several years to recoop the cost to fix up.

    Thanks for the great laught – I will have to forward that onto my husband.

  6. nicole

    That was absolutely a breath of fresh air. We are
    a young couple that in one week decided to sell our perfectly fine house and move into a 2 bed 1 bath bungalow to be restored that was way smaller and needed lots of TLC. Our seller is selling fsbo and gave us the keys while he is on his honeymoon until the closing. Tonight was the first night I had been in the house without his stuff in it. I have to say I got scared out of my mind looking around at what needed to be done. It was overwhelming. Who would of thought. I was thinking a refinish of the floors, some paint and maybe in a year or two a new kitchen. Little did I know! Thanks for helping me see the light and get a laugh. perfect timing.

  7. Dingbat

    Wow, so true. We’re still in the first six months. But we’ve definitely had a dose of “the rest of year one.”

  8. Ash

    Haha….I just found your blog, 10 years into our house in the hood and Im just about to start on the kitchen, Lucky Im pretty handy and do just about everything myself. I think the clue is in the word…CONtractors, over paid and full of bull….I should of sold in year 6 too…Good luck, its a beautiful building and keep your eyes out for the ghetto bird!

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