We’ve officially had our house for one year, readers! We got possession on June 27, 2013, and that was when we started making changes, so it totally counts as our starting date. This post is all about taking a stroll down memory lane, so let’s start with the happy homeowners on the day we got our keys:
We didn’t waste any time in whipping the house into shape, which started with an unexpected leak in the basement while Dan was away. We got keys, Dan left the next day, and I made a point of coming by the house each day with Oscar to clean and get him used to the place. The wet carpet was discovered that first day I came to the house by myself, and it lead to removing all the carpet in the whole house.
Basement before, during our final walk-through:
While Simon, the world’s handiest uncle, was repairing a crack in the basement, he also took a stab at removing a pesky wall upstairs that was holding back the true potential of our dining room. Here is that wall, picture here next to the previous owner’s boxes. I especially enjoy the dramatic uplighting on the wall, because this was the wall’s last picture.
Before we moved in, I also ripped all of the awful, ugly, very very ’80s cupboard liner paper out. It was a satisfying afternoon, although the sticky back residue from the paper still hasn’t entirely left…
We packed up our worldly possessions from our old place, and said goodbye to the rental place where we lived for three years. On our last evening in the old house, we enjoyed celebratory Starbucks and soaked in all the memories of a home with no air conditioning.
Moving day went a lot faster than any of us expected, with all of our things into the new house just shortly after lunch time.
After removing the basement rec room carpet, the faint odour of cat stink still wafted around our house (and hit you like a ton of bricks when you walked through the door), so we set out to remove the rest of the carpet. Buh-bye carpeted stairs!
This was a long hard slog to pick all of the staples of the wood from two, count ’em, TWO different styles of carpet used on them over the years. Once the carpet was up, Dan painted all of the floors in the basement rooms with Kilz stain and odour covering paint, and the cat stink was gone!
Our next big adventure was an epic trip to Ikea, during which we forked over a lot of our hard-earned cash, and gained some much needed pieces in our home.
We were working on creating an entrance area by the front door, but Ikea could only help us out on this trip with a bench and some shelves. The shoe storage cupboard we wanted was not in stock. Sad face.
We ditched out ghetto “bedside tables” from the old house, and upgraded with sleek black ones with drawers, for a nice neat look in the bedroom.
And we created a cozy book nook with our good friend the Billy bookcase.
An eternity later, after visiting THREE different Ikea locations to find it, we finished our main entrance in the kitchen with the shoe cupboard, and put up the shelves that almost ended our relationship.
We took a break from painting to put up the world’s shortest section of fence across our driveway so that Oscar could roam free in the yard. It nearly murdered us, and then we just paid Simon to do it for us.
And kept right on painting. The hallway:
Dan took great pleasure in tearing down the wood paneling in the workout room.
More cracks were discovered and repaired:
We used the opportunity to turn our basement bathroom plumbing rough-in into something more closely resembling a bathroom:
Up next, we’ll be getting Simon back in to finish the foundation wall cracks (he still has to dig down the side of the house and repair them from the outside), replacing the dining room light fixture, doing something with the office closet, making curtains for the basement windows, and finding a reading chair for the office book nook. I’m sure lots of other things will come up too, and I bet my list will get rearranged and new priorities will pop up.
Also, only 21 years and 4 months only our mortgage is paid off.