Sunday, April 10, 2016

We Bought a House

Two Friday's ago, we closed on a house in Asheville. It was an amazing deal, a foreclosure, and the location and size were perfect for us. 

It's a brick -- I mean, the shape of it is like a boring shoe box. Cut into a wooded slope, there are 5+ doors but no clear "front door." The upper level has two bedrooms, two baths, a tiny corner kitchen, and an equally small dining/living space the kitchen opens to. Five hundred square feet of carpeted open family room space is located downstairs, as well as a garage. 

I'm excited to rip out the bar downstairs and rework it into a kitchen island. I'm excited to shine the beautiful hickory floors upstairs. I'm looking forward to updating all the builder-grade 90's cabinetry and hardware in as frugal and smart a way as I can find. There has already been a lot of Pinterest-ing, as you can imagine. 

Already Jason has replaced this broken toilet...
with a low cost, efficient one:
See how dirty it is in there? It looks like the baseboards were never dusted. And he found far worse behind the fridge:
And in the fridge?
Woof. So we decided perhaps we didn't need to be consuming ice and water from this unit. We found:
It's being delivered today. Hard to beat that deal! And I've always wanted a French door fridge, since my brother and sister-in-law got theirs. I feel like we're being spoiled with all the amazing deals and gifts and details that are coming with this house. 
Not that kind of gift (note to self: don't just clean out drawers when moving, but also look behind and under them). But really great gifts are being given, like my mom gifting us a professional house cleaning. That is every mother's love language, and she knows it! Having the bathrooms professionally cleaned is a special relief. 

That's about all for now. Many more repairs are in the works, and we hope to be able to move in over the next few weeks. I'll post some prettier photos of the house soon, and try to share our projects as we complete them. Here's to spring and new beginnings!

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