One year ago, on September 30, 2013, we closed escrow on our very first house. I cannot even believe we have been in this house for a year and I am still amazed at how much the Lord has provided for us in that time. If you want to go back, you can read here about how I was pretty sure we'd never buy a house, even though our offer had been accepted. There was still so much more to go through in order for this beauty (I say that with all sarcasm), was to be ours.
And yet, against all odds, this couple who thought they'd be renters forever, became home owners one year ago.
Obviously I still remember signing the mountain of paperwork. I remember when our realtor dropped off the keys. And I remember using those keys to enter this place for the first time as the proud (or possibly regretful) owners of this house. But seriously, this post will fill you in on the condition of the house when we first bought it.
So just for fun, I thought I'd post some photos of the befores, the in the processes and the afters, of a ton of projects we've done around the house. The work we have put into this place still amazes me. And when I say "we" I really mean Ben. He has become an electrician, a carpenter, a plumber, a mason, an even better gardener and landscaper, and a chicken wrangler, just to name a few.
In one year, so much has happened in this house (aside from all the work we've done). We found out shortly after moving in that I was pregnant with Stella. There was a whole lot of zombie-morning-sickness-Jessi during the move-in process which made things a bit challenging. We celebrated Eli's 1st birthday, his 2nd Christmas and Isaac's 3rd birthday. In June Stella was born, in this house, in our bed. And in the midst of all of that, this house has truly become our home. We've worked hard to make it a comfortable, cozy place in which to make many, many memories.
And without further ado, the pictures!
Floors. One of the major projects we decided to do ourselves (and again, by "we" I mean Ben) was the floors.
We had carpet installed before we moved in (the entire house was originally that orange-y laminate you see in the photo on the left). These floors desperately needed replacing.
A few other things of note in these photos. The kitchen, we've barely touched it. It's one of the last projects on our list (along with blinds in all the windows). We've added new-to-us appliances, replaced the lighting, took down a gross dirty ceiling fan and replaced it with a very awesome light, and put in new floors. But that's all. The plan is to paint the cabinets, add knobs, and replace the counters, sink and faucet. I can't wait to get going on it! I think now that the weather has cooled off we can get going on the cabinet painting.
And here is a look at the hallway as it went through the renovation process:
The master bedroom door. That's the door at the end of the hallway. This was one of the first projects where Ben had to teach himself how to do something brand new: install a door. He didn't just take one door off the hinges and replace it with another one. He pulled out the door frame and all to replace the entire thing. I'll share more of that project in the next post.
First we painted, marshmallow white. Then we added carpet, furniture, replaced the window, decorated and added a ceiling fan (and by "added" I mean Ben installed the entire thing, dropped a wire down the wall and added a switch. He got electrocuted- not because of a mistake he made, but because of some very shoddy work done by a previous resident that was highly dangerous and against code- and almost devoured by a giant spider in the attic during the process. My hero). We also decorated the entryway, and you can see more about that here (keep in mind that post was before we replaced the floors).
I'll share the other side of this room in my next post along with the backyard transformation and a few other little projects.