Sunday, September 11, 2011

Our Old New House (Part II)

Although we weren't initially planning on living in the basement, we decided to try it out for a while and see how long we can "stand" it. One the plus side, it has a ton of square footage, more than the apartment upstairs, put it's just poorly used (which we hope to change). We save a little money by living down here, and it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Although sometimes I have been known to yell "This kitchen is TOO small!" when I run out of counter space and break things.

For your viewing pleasure, a video tour of our downstairs.

A few addendum to the movie: one great feature I forgot to mention was that the light switch for the spare bedroom is actually up the stairs.   So you can get your exercise in for the day before you go to bed.

Here is what the shed looked like, pre-destruction. I thought it was pretty cute and quaint, but alas it was in such bad shape they had to tear it down in order for us to get a loan on the house.

The shed even had a bunch of junk in it from who knows how long ago. One thing we did get out of all that "junk" was a mower that wouldn't start. One Saturday Ben fixed that mower up and it runs like new! Anyway, we hope to put a new shed in the space where this one used to be. Maybe it can be as cute as this old one.

Here is a "before" shot of the duct Ben fixed. I know two inches doesn't seem like a big difference, but it was actually a big project.

...And here it is after. You wouldn't even know it used to hang down another two inches!

The door Ben put in. Let me tell ya, it's not easy to find a door this size.

Ben built the window to the right (can you tell how impressed I am to be married to a Mr. Fix It?).

You can't really tell in the picture, but Ben built a screen for this kitchen window upstairs, his latest project. One thing we are trying to do as we live in this house is to stay has historically accurate as we can. We could've easily gotten a cheapo plastic screen from Home Depot, but that's not how the built screens back in the day.

Ben's been putting to good use all his tools he had carted back from Illinois (by my dad. Thanks again!). We're so glad!

We love our new home, despite the mounds of work we still have to do on it. It's fun to create something and call it your own.

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