Thursday, January 6, 2011

And it begins...

Yes! I finally checked “start blog” off my to-do list. Now all you guys can keep tabs on us from Texas and Michigan (and everywhere in between!).

Most of you know that we recently bought a house and will be renovating it. I thought this would be a good opportunity to keep everyone in the loop and share pictures of our house progress, along with keeping you up-to-date on all the other things we have going on…

The house we bought was a foreclosure located in a pretty nice sub-division in east Montgomery. It’s 4 bedroom/2.5 bath, so we have a lot of work ahead of us! We purchased the home with a FHA 203(k) loan, which will help wrap some of the big repairs into our total loan amount (like the roof, HVAC, etc.). The cosmetic stuff and small repairs we plan to tackle ourselves. We officially moved our stuff into the house in the beginning of January, right after the new year. Most of our stuff we fit in the storage room, even the motorcycle! It’s times like this that I am actually glad we don’t have furniture! We have a few things in the house, just our bed, clothes and bathroom necessities…so we are sort of “camping out” for now. This past Monday we had the roof replaced (yay!), it looks great and makes me excited to see the rest of the house come along. Frank and I also removed all the tile from about 1300 sq. feet of the house last week to get the floors ready for the hardwood installation. We are trying to do as much as we can to save some money, removing the tile ourselves ended up saving us about $2700!

Here’s a photo of the house (taken with my phone, not great quality, sorry!)….this is after the roof was replaced. The house obviously needs some landscaping…and I would like to add shutters, but we’ll save that for the spring. 

I’ll start an online photo album and link it to this page. In the meantime- here are a few more photo’s of what we’ve been doing so far:

 Grout from all the tile removal

Luckily the tile came up easily and even I was able to get a lot of it up with just a crowbar!

Frank running the tile scrapper

De-tiled kitchen and dining room. The wall on the right separating the two rooms is coming down soon!

 Frank disassembling the half bath

Before we can do much more, we have to wait for the contractors to finish working on the electrical/plumbing/HVAC/misc. repairs that were agreed upon when we closed. Hopefully those repairs will go quickly so we can start making this our home! I will try and update this at least every couple of days, so keep checking for more posts :)

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