Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A New Project

Right after I run around telling everyone that I need to simplify life and take on fewer projects (and concentrate on finishing the ones I have in process), I take on a whopper of a new project ... managing a top-to-bottom renovation of this place. 

For the past year, The Husband and I have been buying houses to renovate and rent.  This is our latest one ... a very tired house in a very good location.  The interior, in particular, has been subject to a bit of abuse ... but I can see past all of that.  
I'm not doing the actual work on this myself ... there's WAY too much to do and it's much better to hire professionals because this house needs a LOT of work.  Fortunately, a contractor friend of mine was available, and I trust him to do a fantastic job on it.  Within the next two weeks, this house will go from three bedrooms to four, and get a completely new kitchen.  We are also repairing all the drywall and old water damage, painting EVERYTHING, remodeling the master bathroom (water damage, ugh.), freshening the powder room and upstairs hall bath, and laying new flooring on the whole first floor.
Did you notice the lone plant in the landscape?
One rose bush in a bed in front of the porch, actually thriving despite being choked by Bermuda grass.  Look at those spotless leaves!  Whatever rose this is, it's a nice one, and I'll dig it up and keep it for myself.   
It feels great to be working a real renovation project again!!  I have a shopping list, and I have been making good use of the Habitat ReStore locations nearby to get lighting, plumbing, mirrors, etc.  As of yesterday, the house looked as bad as I think it's going to look ... kitchen cabinets and old appliances gone,  the flooring removed, walls dotted and patched with tape and mud, bathrooms deconstructed ... I guess this means that there's nowhere to go now but UP.


  1. Well the rose was definitely a sign! What a big project, but you will do an awesome job! Enjoy the process!

  2. I love this project...and want to see all of it! Even the mess it's in now! I really enjoy before and after photos and find the process inspirational. It would be great if you shared some...can't wait to see it all done.

  3. If my Teddy and I were younger we would be doing this. Now we just work on projects for ourselves. I love to do outside work. The rose is a keeper:):) Smiles, Susie

  4. You sound excited and that is the important thing! Love the rose!
    hugs, Linda

  5. That sounds fun - the renovation part. How do you like being a landlord?

  6. ...I think the rose was calling to you....

    I look forward to the renovation~!

  7. Great way to simplify . . . (smiling) at least it will let you focus on the project. Can’t wait for the before and afters. Love the rose. Happy Wednesday.

  8. It sure doesn't look bad on the outside! Good luck. (I hate being a landlord) Can't wait to see more. Sure hope you took some "before" photos!

  9. How exciting! I am looking forward to seeing what all you do to it. Get lots of before pictures!

  10. Oh no!!!! Does this mean no time for The Empty Nest???

    Should I be sad??

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  11. I must be some kinda' crazy--cause I'm totally jealous! I LUV these projects!

  12. Doing the same thing with HUD & Fannie Mae.

    Congrats !

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  13. What a gorgeous rose you're going to be adopting! I love the peachy pink tones. I have to admit after reading this post I was a bit envious that you have a renovation project to tackle. For some reasons I gravitate toward that sort of creativity.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage


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