New bedroom windows

30 04 2010

Since day one I knew at some point I would have to replaced the windows in all 3 bedrooms.  After getting several estimates and thanks to my nice tax refund I finally got my wish.

Before and after’s….

Daws’ room –

Office –

My bedroom –


Screen door is up

19 05 2009

Very cool!

screen door done

Still waiting…

19 05 2009

I’m still waiting for my screen door to be installed.  Steve decided he needs help to get it done right (I think he’s sick of work). So my Dad is coming over tomorrow to help him put it up.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll actually be able to leave the back door open and enjoy this nice weather we are having.  The windows help but the door open will be much better.

Next I go buy the screen door for the front.  Steve will be so glad to here that I’m sure.

UPDATE:  As of now (11:15 on Tuesday) the screens are up. I should have a picture shortly.  Woohoo!  Now I just have to make a decision on the front screen door….and closet doors….and many many other things.

It never ends.  But at least now I’ll be enjoying the nice fresh air/breeze!

Landscaping begins

15 03 2009

I was wrong – we have 8 garden areas, not 7.

 My idea of working on 1-2 areas each weekend for a month to get everything done went out the window.  Saturday was filled with yard work, lots and lots of yard work. We just kept working and working and working.  About 7 1/2 hours total.  We started off going to Lowe’s for mulch . I then preceeded to clean up, redo to the bricks and mulch the front circle area. I think it looks so good now!

front-circle-before1   front-circle-after

Steve helped some but he had to pick up all the branches in the front yard, left from me cutting them down on Friday afternoon.  One of them was much higher than the other two and was a major pain to cut down but they do look better so it was worth it.  Let’s just hope they bloom some nice looking leaves because they are still so ugly!


Next we worked on the 2 side areas, the left back area, the other front area and the back center area.  We cleaned up the leaves, pulled lots weeds, removed brick, relayed brick and layed the mulch (10 bags total).  In the process we removed some ugly bush/tree things and cut back a tree next to the deck.  We managed to work on every area minus one (the garage area) and finshed 6 areas total.  The right back area still needs a bit more cleaning up, trees trimmed and mulch but it was 6:00 by the time we got to that area  and we were exhausted. 

And now for the before and after shots…





11 03 2009

I’ve become neglectful at updating this blog.  It’s not that awful considering I barely have any readers however I didn’t start this blog for readers. I did it for myself, to have record of the house progress – something to look back on in a year or so and say – wow I really did accomplish something great didn’t I?!

We are still working hard at getting things done.  Currently we are working on a plan for landscaping the yard.  It’s a ton of work and will be weeks in the making but hopefully by summer we’ll have a wonderfully landscaped yard.  Although considering we spent close to $300 and we didn’t buy one single plant/flower I’m not sure how pretty the 7 seperate garden areas will look but the yard should look nice – if the grass seed we plant works the way we hope that is.

7 seperate garden areas.  Crazy right?  I think my plan is to attack them one by one each weekend we get some nice weather.  Although I have a hard time with that type of plan – generally I jump from one thing to the next – getting bored with one setting.  Hopefully that won’t happen here. 

Here is what I am dealing with…


I’m calling this the back right garden area.  It has all sorts of things going on.  It will be one of the last areas I tackle and hopefully the area needing the least work but it will depend on what starts growing.  So far I know there is trimming to do and weeds to put, maybe some mulch but hopefully it’s not a major project.


This is the back center area.  There are bushes on both sides in front of the deck.  This should be a fairly easy project.  Raking of leaves, cleaning out the area and laying down mulch should make it look good (enough).  I’ve already trimmed back the bushes. 

Next area, back left.  If you look at the picture below, there is a much bigger area to the left of the lamp post.  There are some weird things growing in there (like this ugly bush/tree) and some things starting to bloom as well.  On Saturday Daws and I did alot of work on the area and it already looks much better just cleaning out all the leaves.  Weeds need to be pulled, ugly things dug up and replaced with better plants/flowers and mulching will need to be done.


The next area I’m calling the side garden.  It will be one of the true garden areas.  Things are already blooming all over the place now.  Daffodils we think.  There looks to be a couple other things coming up as well.  I worked on the side garden on Saturday as well.  There are a ton of weeds to be pulled and I want to plant some more flowers and put down mulch.  I’m looking for it, and one other area to really stand out so I’ll be putting most of my efforts into those 2 project (maybe 3 if I decide I want more work).  Again, I don’t have a close up picture with me but it’s the area behind the black fence in the picture below.


Next we have the front circle area (around the tree) and the 2nd area I really want to stand out.  Things are already sprouting up and I plan to add to it – tulips I think – and put down red mulch.  I also believe I will have to put down new bricks for the circle.  The previous owners did a crappy job of laying the bricks. 


The next area is also in the front, the front yard area.  I also worked on it on Saturday, cleaning out a ton of leaves and trimming the bushes.  A few things are starting to sprout up so I’m not sure if I’ll be planting additional things but there is an area in the middle of two sets of bushes that is empty.   It looks weird (as you can see in the photo) so I’m trying to figure out how to fix it.  Of course we’ll mulch it like the other front and hopefully it’ll be one of the easier projects.


Finally we have the garage area (not the best picture).  From the door all the way across to the end you may see the bricks that have been layed out around the area.  The same flowers that are growing elsewhere are here as well.  It’s the area I’m least sure about.  I am torn if I want to make it a 3rd big project or just clean it up, see what grows and leave it be until next year.  It will depend on how much work the other areas take and how much money we shell out.  It’ll be the last project done.


Soon I will post the pictures I took last weekend.  Saturday we all worked hard on the yard.  Steve doing the most work.  It was a great day to work and play.  Daws and I raked up several bags of leaves andpicked up a ton of sticks/branches.  Steve raked up the leaves on the drive way, removed the remaining junk,  and mowed the entire yard to get it ready for seeding.  It looks so much better now.  I didn’t get pictures of the yard after all the work was done but I did take some video.  I put them on flickr…you can check em’ out if you like.

I’m so excited for things to start growing, the grass to (hopefully) start look ing better and everything to shine…especially the sun..spring please come soon!

Day 22

2 02 2009

With a little help from Amanda (my cousin) I managed to get the kitchen painted before the big move on Saturday.  Friday was spent packing boxes, taking boxes to Greenwood, unloading and unpacking them so I’d have the boxes to reuse.  I also cleaned the kitchen and Daws room before I started painting the kitchen and hallways. 

Here are some before and after shots..





I haven’t gotten any after shots as it is now with stuff all put away.  I was far too tired on Sunday to take any.  Steve had the grand idea to invite my sister and her bf over to watch the superbowl so we had to get most of the house ready for company, grocery shop and try to unpack as much as possible in a very short time .  We also had a guy over to look at the heat pump so it was a very busy day, as if Saturday (moving day) wasn’t busy enough.  I’ll post about that next.

Finding the house

19 01 2009

The story to decide to purchase this particular house goes something like this.  I’ve had a goal of home ownership for about 5 years.  I wanted to give Daws the stability he hasn’t had before and I wanted to have a home that was mine – to do with as I pleased.  After much hard work I finally was able to start looking for our new home.  I began looking a year ago and was discouraged by what was available in the area I wanted to live.  I began looking again in December 2008 thinking it could take me many months to find what I was looking for.  I called the agent I’d been working with and we started the process once again.  Within a week I’d found the home in Greenwood and put in an offer.  Yes, much quicker than I’d anticipated.  It had everything I looking for (3 bdrms, garage, quiet area, LS school district, character) minus one thing (an additional bathroom).  There were some crazy moments along the way to closing…like a busted water pipe in the garage…but things (for the most part) went better than expected.  The house was a foreclosure and orginally I didn’t expect anything to be fixed (like the back door and garage door) but still I asked and the bank agreed.  I closed on the house on January 9th 2009.  We have yet to move in since there is much work to be done before we do.  Our move in date is January 31st. 

Here’s the front of the home as I first saw it…


The back…


And a few other misc shots that will be more important later…


Many more before pics are on my flickr page here.