Tuesday, December 16, 2008

remember when we bought a house?

can you believe it's almost been a freaking YEAR since we bought this house we live in?!?!?! a year!!! good lordy, time flies!

anyway, i know i never talk about the house cause well... it's just always unfinished, or in the midst of being redone, and there's never much to say. it seems like we have lots of projects ongoing, but nothing ever gets completed. you know?!

and i just got boyfriend all riled up about the kitchen! we talked about how we'd like to get some additional cabinets, and extend the countertop to create a bar seating area in the kitchen (as well as WAY more workable countertop space). next thing i know, he's online at home depot and lowes (attention home depot and/or lowes. send us money and we'll buy all our remodeling stuff from your store. hear me? do it. i dare you. hear that? it's a dare.) pricing out do it yourself cabinets and all sorts of stuff.

but listen, we still need new windows. i mean, every window in the damn place needs to be replaced. and that's kind of where my head is at in terms of priorities when it comes to the no money we have to do all of these things with. then the kitchen would be super fun to remodel and do ourself. i think. maybe not. eventually, flooring. and remodel the master bathroom. hopefully not ourselves.

the thing about this house... the thing that all you people (and every person in the free world) has said to us over and over again? everyone says it takes time. you take one step at a time, on project at a time... and slowly, but surely, everything gets done. blah blah NO! i'm sick of how long it's taking. it's annoying that it's almost been a year and we still have SO much to do. it sucks not having any money to do things with. it sucks more that you buy a fixer upper because that's truly all you can afford, but then you don't have the money to fix up the fixer upper, so it just sits there.... all unfixed and shit.

it's frustrating to spend your money on a mortgage and not have extra money to do stuff with because all the do it yourself stuff? still super expensive. all the materials add up quick and before you know it, you're spending a lot of money trying to save money. not to mention the amount of time it takes to actually do these things yourself. that's my biggest gripe. i feel like we haven't relaxed since we bought this house. like every single weekend is either baseball for blake and we're out of town, or we're doing something on the house. the amount of time we spend working on the house just isn't worth it to me. cause it seriously gets to the point where it's not fun anymore. it's a chore. and not a chore you enjoy. know what i mean?

so i made boyfriend make a pact with me. our next house. NOT a fixer upper. that shit will be fixed. and i will have a master bathroom that makes grown ups weep with joy. and a backyard that no one will want to leave because it's so.damn.awesome.

and it will be somewhere warm. and i will be happy.

11 comments:

Heinous said...

It'll get there. Just think of all the valuable practice in patience you're getting.

Kristabella said...

I'm planning on buying a condo early next year and the only work I want to be doing on it is maybe som painting.

Lori said...

I can totally understand this. We lived in our fixer upper for 5 years until my hubby got a promotion and move and we were able to build a house. I will never, ever go w/ a fixer upper again (nor will I ever build again, though).

Meg said...

I feel your pain. We're a little over two years and we've got projects going on in 5 rooms. My husband has a problem actually finishing one before moving to the other. And now we're out of money, so people who visit have to deal with the fact that Squeaks can and will break into the bathroom, whether you lock the door or not!

Alison said...

We hope to move next summer and we will NOT buy anything that needs fixing. Paint and flooring, of course, but remodeling kitchens and bathrooms? NO! I feel your pain.

Ericka said...

it took my parents 30 years to redo their house to my mom's specifications. i have no idea how she didn't kill my father.

drywall dust. ugh. i feel your pain.

Linlee said...

We bought a fixer upper too! We've been 'fixing' up our basement for 5 years now...lol. I wish you lived in St. Louis, I work for a window company..lol.

Joe said...

Quick word of caution: Even non-fixer uppers require a ton of work. There's not a weekend that goes by that I'm not involved in doing something with the house. Annoying? Yes. Almost as much as me asking and answering my own questions.

Ali said...

yes. that's why we are waiting a little while to buy another house. i want one that i don't have to do much work to!

Issas Crazy World said...

Even when you have a house that you think is what you see....it often isn't. My next one: Brand new. I'm convinced our windows are like 60 years old. Our heat is always running, because it's so dang cold outside and our windows suck.

Smug said...

don't even get me started!! We have lived in our house since March and the ONE project, the second bathroom is still not finished... no no, not just not finished, not even close to being finished!