Three Year House-iversary

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 4, 2013 — 3 Comments

It seems like it really wasn’t all that long ago that Nick and I were giddy with excitement to be holding the keys to our first house. We got takeout burritos that night and ate dinner on the dining room floor with no electricity. It’s been three years and I am still just as thrilled to walk in the door every day. It’s a great house.

What do I love the most about it? The abundance of natural light is pretty wonderful.

The huge front porch and shaded yard is not too shabby either.

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And I’m really enjoying figuring out how to get the most of the layout in small ways, like the little dressing table in our room that turned wasted space into valuable storage. It almost makes the tiny master bath seem not so bad. (you can read about it here)

And don’t even get me started on the recent changes in the laundry room. I’m practically beside myself with glee.

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I really really need to take some updated pictures for the House Tour page soon, but I just feel like more changes are right around the corner (aren’t they always?). I want to get a new washer and dryer, add some more laundry room storage, and paint the kitchen. It’s so wonderful to live in a home that is so comfortable, functional, and filled with things I think are pretty. There are things I would change, sure–the lack of large storage areas (like an attic or garage) is a major problem, for example. If I had buckets of money there are dozens I’ve projects I’d hire out tomorrow. But do you have any idea how many projects I would have tackled if I could have afforded to over the past three years that I later changed my mind about? For two and a half years I wanted to turn that nook above into a half bath. A few weeks ago I created the wood counter and fabric skirt instead for about $100 total and helped tackle our storage problem (all kinds of stuff, including a litter box, are stashed behind that curtain). There are walls I want to knock down, rooms I want to paint, and shelves I want to build. All in good time. Or maybe not. Sometimes the wait gives me time to think of something better.

PS you can check out last year’s House-iversary post here.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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3 responses to Three Year House-iversary

  1. I whole-heartedly agree with you on the “wait it out and maybe things will change” thing! We recently had a handyman friend come out to our house to see about installing an overhead light in our living room. Just something in a corner to add more light. Thank goodness he said he wasn’t up to the task. He said he’d give us the name/number of an electrician friend of his. It would be more expensive but done to code. Thank goodness he forgot to send me the guy’s info. Just two days later, I found the PERFECT light on Craigslist for $10. It plugs into the wall so we don’t have to go through the hassle of adding new wiring. The $200 light we wanted and the $200+++ electrician job was suddenly a $10 fix. Sooooooo happy that worked out the way it did!

    I don’t know about you, but I am way too jumpy when it comes to house stuff. I get an idea and I want to do it now, now, NOW! Even after 12 years of homeownership (and two homes!) I still always need to remind myself to slow down, take a deep breath, think things though. And more often than not things change for the better. Congratulations on your home-versary!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      LOVE WHEN THAT HAPPENS! I’m jumpy too. I’m secretly grateful for the budget restraints. Without them I’d probably have a lot of regrets!

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