Honesty time: I cannot believe it is July already. Seriously, time has just been flying by. We first set eyes on this house in April. APRIL. Our realtor was strongly discouraging us from buying a HUD (Housing and Urban Development) house and was nudging us towards a more “turn key” property. At this point, we had already looked at ~10 houses, put an almost offer in on one, and had our offer on our “dream house” rejected. We were also on our second realtor; the first refused to give us the time of day and our second broke up with us shortly after we asked to see the house on 10th. The realtor we went to settlement with was our third.
This house was a leap of faith, ya’ll. During our hunt, Aaron and I found a house that was THE ONE. It was everything we wanted in a home and the price was right. Unfortunately, our offer was outright rejected. Heartbroken, we kept on hunting. A few weeks later, we toured another house that we loved. It had the “character” we wanted, the location and though it needed some lovin’, the price was amazing. The offer was ready to be sent off the next morning… and that night neither of us could sleep. We couldn't figure out why, on a seemingly perfect house, we were both so unsettled. The next morning I told Aaron that it wasn't our house; he was about to tell me the exact same thing. The minute we withdrew our offer, a weight was lifted. A week later, we found our house. It met every single item on our list- minus the part where it was in disastrous shape. After a few days of serious prayer and consideration, we still felt that this house was the one that was going to be our home. But it still felt like knowingly jumping off a cliff with no parachute.
Once we jumped down the HUD rabbit hole, things moved SUPER fast.
A condensed timeline:
Fast forward to today: at this point, we've been home owners for almost 2 months. Tentative move in is just 2 months away. (whatttttt!) We knew this project would be extremely intense. That it would be an eye-opening experience. We also knew that it was going to test our marriage; major decisions on a deadline tend to do that. Our crash course in home reno has been both wildly exciting and extremely stressful. Some legit blood, sweat, and tears have been poured in to this house. Who knew that deciding where to put outlets on the wall could cause such tension? Trial by fire, right? To say that we have made it this far without a single heated disagreement would be entirely false. On the flip side, we are continuing to learn how to operate better as a team; and we’re slowly learning the ancient art of compromise. We pray together more (out of both thankfulness and desperation) and we are continually humbled by the Lord’s providence (even when it doesn't unfold in the way we were expecting). And we still feel like this house was meant to be ours.
Alright meow. Enough of the mushy stuff for today. Reno recap time! We spent last weekend knocking more things off our list. Aaron got the powder/laundry room and the upstairs bathroom wired; outlets are being placed and lights are working! I managed to get both the Pink and the Purple Rooms painted with a base coat of primer as well as “Addie’s” room on the second floor. We tag teamed the full bath on the second floor- Aaron & his dad framed the closet & tub areas, set the tub, and I resurfaced it with a DIY kit from our second home, the Home Depot. The tub looks like a million bucks but time will tell if resurfacing was the way to go.
For those of you wondering, this is a before (on the left) and after (on the right) drawing of the bathroom layout:
This week, we have a new HVAC system going in and (fingers crossed) plumbers will be coming next week!! And we'll keep on keepin' on with the cleaning and priming. Parts of the house are even starting to feel livable! I am dreaming of the day I get to write about the wall colors and light fixtures… but for now, we press on with power tools.
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