Today we officially closed on our new house! After picking up the keys and the kids, we all headed over to the house to celebrate.
We are soooo excited, and also, so scared. Reality has set in. We have a lot of work to do. In recent years, the house has pretty much been ignored and left to rot. It straight up stinks like no human with a pulse has inhabited the place for at least a decade. Ewww. Our hope is that ripping up the carpets and taking the disgusting disintegrating mattresses to the dump will clear the air real quick, but it's just dank.
We took a walk around to size up our project. From big to small, here are some of my favorites.
1.) Plastic fern on rocks.
I know that plant looks amazzzing but guys, it's actually fake. For real. Fake!
We could fence this corner in and keep a new pet?
2.) 40-year old green shag carpeting--in the bathroom.
Gross gross gross gross gross gross gross GROSS!
3.) Shingles. Everywhere.
There are shingles literally everywhere in this house. In fact, 95% of all surfaces are covered in shag or shingles. In the first hour of our rightful ownership, we started taking them down in the girls' rooms. I cannot wait to freshen up those rooms and make them feel kid-like.
4.) The spiral staircase.
This lovely piece of art consists of the now-famous avocado green shag, complete with a carpet toupee and chain accessories. Out of all the house projects, this one perplexes me the most. What do we do with this situation? I'd like a sleek metal one with kid-safe railing, but where/how/how much? How do you even build a new staircase? I know you can buy pre-fab spiral staircases (custom to your particular dimensions) but how do you trust that your new $3000+ unit coming your way isn't a tacky piece of shit?
5.) The rotten siding.
The siding is the only issue the appraiser actually wants us to fix immediately. We'll try to pressure wash first but my guess is, we'll need to replace the siding on the front of the house. It looks/feels pretty rotten.
Despite the overwhelming and expensive projects ahead, we are excited. We've embarked on a few smaller remodeling projects (bathrooms) at our Seattle house but this will be a comprehensive makeover--and in time, we will pick out everything to our taste. Even if it takes a handful of years, it's a dream situation. We're ready!