House #2

I haven’t completely fallen off the face of this earth, just bought a new house. If you’re a home owner, you know how insane it is to move and make the space your own. Hence the complete radio silence for two months.

Truth be told, I’m not even sure this blog is something I want to keep up with on a regular basis anymore. My domain name expires in February and I’m considering letting it go, but until I can really make up my mind, I thought I’d share details of our new home and our grand plans for it.

As said before, location was the most important thing for us this time around. Homes in this location are old and small, but the schools are amazing, the crime rate is low and it’s central to everything. When we found a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom ranch that had a partially finished basement and a two car garage, we literally jumped on it and put it an offer that evening.

The house is certainly far from perfect, and needs a fair amount of updating, but as the saying goes, it has good bones.

Figured it might be easiest to go through each of the original photos (from the listing) and write what we’ve done in that room and what we still want to do. So, here we go!

Front 

What we’ve done

  • Nothing.

What we want to do

  • Install a porch swing
  • Add shutters
  • Re-paint the front door
  • Decorate

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Living Room

What we’ve done

  • Paint the walls/ceilings/trim
  • Paint the back of the builtins
  • Paint the fireplace white
  • Buy a rug
  • Buy accent chairs
  • By a new coffee table
  • Replace light switches and outlets from beige to white

What we want to do

  • Hang curtains
  • Hang art/photos
  • Finish filling in the built ins

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Dining Room

What we’ve done

  • Paint the walls/ceilings/trim
  • Buy new dining room chairs (the movers broke 3 of our 4 chairs!)

What we want to do

  • Replace chandelier
  • Buy a buffet/sideboard for barware
  • Hang curtains
  • Hang art/photos
  • Replace light switches and outlets from beige to white

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Kitchen

What we’ve done

  • Nothing

What we want to do

  • Tear down wall to open kitchen into the dining room
  • Move fridge to other side
  • Paint cabinets
  • Paint walls/ceiling/trim
  • Replace tile
  • Replace flooring
  • Replace light switches and outlets from beige to white

(Clearly the kitchen is going to be our biggest project.)

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Master Bedroom

What we’ve done

  • Paint walls/ceiling/trim

What we want to do

  • Hang curtains
  • Hang art/photos
  • Replace light switches and outlets from beige to white

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What we’ve done

  • Nothing

What we want to do

  • No real plans yet. It’s fine as it is for now.

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Office/Guest Bedroom #1

What we’ve done

  • Paint walls/ceiling/trim
  • Remove light track from ceiling
  • Organize office supplies and storage closet

What we want to do

  • Hang curtains
  • Hang art/photos
  • Replace light switches and outlets from beige to white

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Guest Bedroom #2

What we’ve done

  • Nothing

What we want to do

  • Paint walls/ceiling/trim
  • Add ceiling fan
  • Hang curtains
  • Hang art/photos
  • Install closet doors
  • Replace light switches and outlets from beige to white

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Half Bath

What we’ve done

  • Nothing

What we want to do

  • Nothing for now. It’s fine as it is.

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Basement

What we’ve done

  • Paint walls and trim
  • Tear down wall separating main living areas
  • Install wood wall
  • Install TV
  • Add TV media cabinet
  • Purchase furniture for the basement
  • Fix flooring
  • Organized both storage rooms
  • Hang curtains

What we want to do

  • Build a bar in front of backbar
  • Add high-top table behind bar/sectional
  • Drywall over exposed pipes
  • Add closet door
  • Spruce up laundry room
  • Replace light switches and outlets from beige to white

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Basement Bathroom

What we’ve done

  • Nothing

What we want to do

  • Nothing for now. It’s fine as it is.

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Backyard

What we’ve done

  • Starting tearing up vegetation to create a grassy space

What we want to do

  • Tear out retaining wall next to addition (it leaks water into the basement crawl space)
  • Add string lights
  • Add more furniture
  • Plant grass where plants were

 

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And there she is!

We also fixed some cracks in the foundation, filled a hole where the addition met the original house and sprayed for bugs (lots of boring house maintenance things). We also decided to replace all of the home’s original windows to new, vinyl, energy-efficient windows. Those are being installed on Friday!

All in all, we’ve done a ton so far, which I’ll share photos of soon, but there’s still much to be done. Our kitchen is probably our biggest project (now that the basement is nearly finished), which we won’t tackle until next year.

More to come! Hopefully. Probably.

St. Louis House Update

There are so many things I should write about to catch up (camping and our going away party… which, ahem, happened two months ago), but per the usual, we’ve been so busy. Busy doing what? House Hunting!

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Lucky for Kevin and I, both of my parents are real estate agents and they’ve been the bust. Every night after work and every weekend, they’ve showed us house after house.

But I guess I should backup, huh? House hunting here in St. Louis has been a little bit different than when we looked in Louisville. That’s because I grew up here and knew specifically what area I wanted to own a house in. In Louisville, we were looking at a few different areas but here in St. Louis, we were constricted (by choice) to a smaller area.

Another big challenge? This is a huge seller’s market. There’s not much on the market, which leads to bidding wars and over paying. We saw this for ourselves in Louisville when we sold our house in a few hours for way more than asking price, so we expected to have a little bit of trouble finding a home here. Even though we expected it, it was still a little disheartening to have looked at literally every single house in the area and not like any of them.

But, we were patient and finally, the perfect home for us came on the market a few weeks ago. We saw it the day it came on and put an offer on that evening. And now? We close in two weeks!

We’re so thrilled, and I can’t wait to show it off! But because it’s not our house quite yet, I don’t want to post pictures for the time being. But, I promise it’s adorable.

Just like in Louisville, we had a list of must-haves and dealbreakers. To be perfectly honest, we wanted a house very similar to the one we had in Louisville since we loved it so much. Basically, our must-haves included: three beds, two baths, a basement (finished, preferably), a garage and a great backyard for entertainment and Gracie.

This house? Has exactly that! It’s a 70-year-old ranch and has the most perfect backyard. The original hardwood floors are beautiful and the basement needs just a little bit of effort in order for it to be the perfect spot for watching movies and our favorite team’s game.

Best of all? Location, location, location! Mine and Kevin’s offices are polar opposite sides of the city. We knew we had to be somewhere in the middle and I didn’t want to live way out in the ‘burbs, so the Kirkwood/Webster Groves area was perfect for us.

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We have a big list of things we want to do once we get the keys, including paint, new interior doors, changing out the light fixtures and getting the basement into shape before hockey season, but I’m so excited to get back at it! We’ve missed DIY projects and being homeowners!

Oh, and I must give my parent’s a plug because they truly are the best real estate duo in the city. I know I’m biased, but I wouldn’t go on and on and on and on if I didn’t think they were the greatest. So if you need a real estate agent in STL, give them a call!