I feel like I’m lost – I’m standing there looking at the pile of rubbish scattered around my feet and I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. This home improvement learning curve is steep.
Now I know what others feel like when they are just starting out on a bike tour.
We finally closed on our house this week and I’m feeling majorly overwhelmed here. I have no idea how to replace a roof, refinish a wood floor, update an old appliance , fix a leaky toilet, or somehow make windows more energy efficient. I mean – no effing clue.
All I can say is that I tend to like adventures – and this “fixing up a house stuff” is sure to be one heckuva interesting one.
Anybody got any great tips for us?
One of our concerns is the big windows in the house – very energy inefficient. We don’t know if we’ll replace them or just get some kind of blinds or something to help hold the heat in.
The back of the house looks good. I really like the big covered patio – hope we can take advantage of cool evenings there.
For the most part, the bricks are in good shape. There are a few places where John will have to work his magic – not sure how he’ll do that yet.
The house doesn’t have a huge back yard, but it’ll be big enough for the boys to get out and play a bit. Maybe they’ll build some kind of clubhouse back there.
This is what I love about the house! I stood in the doorway to take this pic – it’s basically one big room.
We will look for a small wood stove to put in this corner. I love heating a house with a nice wood stove!
The living room is in very good shape. We’ll need to refinish the floors, but otherwise I think it’s good to go.
Although it’s not my dream kitchen, I think I’ll be very happy here – but this color has got to go!
Apparently the kitchen sink leaks really badly. We are hoping it’s just that the seals and cracked since the house has been empty for so long.
This is one of those “What were they thinking?” spots – they put tile on the kitchen wall. Yes – the very same tile that most people would glue to their floor is stuck to the kitchen walls. What were they thinking?
The bathroom is the real show stopper. Seriously, what were they thinking when they painted the whole bathroom BROWN – from floor to ceiling?
I don’t like that we’ll have the sink in our laps while sitting on the throne, but that can’t be helped. The long, narrow layout of the bathroom dictates that one.
Now this one blows my mind. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? Paint the bathtub brown? I mean – really. Who paints their bathtub in the first place? And BROWN?
Here’s another little “What were they thinking?” spot – what’s up with the funky paint job on the ceiling of the bedroom?
And why – oh why – did they put sticky paper on all the windows? It’ll take a whole lot of Goo Gone to get that crap off.
The floor is generally in pretty good shape, but there are a few places where they’ve been gouged. I think we’ll have to do some research and figure out how to fix those boo-boos.