Happy 2 year house-iversary! Jeepers, did the time fly. We still consider ourselves new to this city, but I guess we’ll have to update our elevator speech. It’s strange — saying, “We’ve been in the house for a year and a half” still makes it sound new; but saying, “We’ve been in the house for two years” makes it sounds like we’ve been here forever. Regardless, we’ve done our best to spend the last two years renovating our ugly little house while still enjoying life: developing a rhythm in a new city, spending time with our families (which is why we moved down here to begin with), and enjoying the perks of a DINK (dual-income-no-kids) lifestyle.
In honour of two-years and a lot of progress, I thought I’d share a breakdown of some of the major projects we’ve tackled (think of it like a board of directors meeting where I desperately try to justify how we’ve spent our time and money).
What we’ve accomplished in our Waterloo money pit:
Painted the living & dining room (Spring 2012)
Added a garden (Spring 2012)
Patching and painting the downstairs trim (Summer 2012)
Painted and relined the cabinets (Fall 2012)
Replaced the kitchen drain (Fall 2012)
Added floating shelves (Fall 2012)
Installed a dryer vent (Fall 2012)
Painted the guestroom (Winter 2013)
Built a workshop space (Spring 2013)
Installed a new water softener (Spring 2013)
Full-blown bathroom gut & rebuild (Summer & Fall 2013)
Installed a new furnace & A/C (Winter 2014)
Replaced many boob lights (Ongoing)
Maybe it doesn’t seem like much, but at this point we ALMOST have all of the critical elements in the house updated. This year we’ll replace the roof and tackle our grading issue. Then, we can basically consider the place habitable.
Jeff said he doesn’t want to comment on how much progress he feels we’ve made in the last two years. Overall, he like the bits we’ve done, but still pretty much hates the bits that we haven’t touched. Such is the persuasion of good looking men with good taste.
For me, I know a lot of work has gone into getting the house to where it is. I’ve spent hours and hours painting and caulking. Seriously; my project pants are slowly taking on a life of their own. No question, there is still a lot to be done, but if we keep it up, the house is only going to get better and better.