Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Settling In

It's official, we're moved in.

It's taking some getting used to, the bathroom needs to be updated, needs a mirror, needs a shower we can turn around in, needs better water pressure and temperature controls; but it's lovely, being on our own again. Mentally we're so much better, despite the stress of moving and some arguments with James.

A day of packing on Thursday, a day of unpacking, some lost days (just don't remember them), and now the painting. There are of course a few things sitting around waiting to find a home.

In the process of starting to paint the living room yesterday we discovered knob and tube wiring in the living room, where we did not expect it. We knew the house had some, but thought it was mostly on the second floor.

Knob and tube wiring is not good in a heavily electronic age (it's actually a big fire hazard); and we're big on electronics too.

So after the living room is painted we're holding off on the dining room, because you guessed it: We're gutting the main floor for a re-wire within the next 6 months. Not only because of the electrical work, but because the plaster and lath walls have buckled a bit below the windows in the both the living room and the dining room. So that means the floors won't be refinished until summer either. .

There are a few things we and James ended up overlooking that are now being discovered - but nothing we can't handle considering what we were going to be willing to do in the Weeping Willow property, had we gotten that back in October.
The radiators that run the length of many of the rooms are old, and the fins that surround the pipes are bent and warped, and some missing, which not only makes them inefficient, but also causes all sorts of unholy noises in the middle of the night.
Plus they are an eye-sore, so when the gutting happens, we'll be replacing them with something better.

Suddenly there are a lot of things that need to be done before we start University classes at the end of August.

The new sofa was delivered today, as well as our new elliptical exercise machine, and the cable and internet were installed (thankfully!). Tomorrow we get the new washer and dryer, and then we can start figuring out when to order the other appliances (upgrading to a gas stove, a new fridge and dishwasher). Every appliance in the house is easily 30 years old and sucks energy.

The house, in it's 103 year old glory, has character, it's gorgeous (though it needs a major facelift), it's comfortable. Soon we'll have a bunch of pictures to show you.

It's home.

We're finally home.

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy for you guys! It really is amazing how quickly time passes, especially when you have to get a bunch of things done before a deadline. But as long as you guys don't overload yourselves, and take time to enjoy the process, I think you guys have enough tools to handle anything that comes your way. Can't wait to see the pictures :)