Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Big Girl 101

6 months ago I became an adult. Kinda. A few years prior I had graduated college, got the big girl job, bought the big girl car and had been parking it (and my butt) comfortably at my parents house ever since. This is by no means a complaint. I had a floor to myself, off street parking, a permanently filled fridge and home cooked meals pretty much whenever I wanted. Plus 2 puppies to play with. Heaven, no?


Eventually you have to grow up, right? Having their attic and garage full of my belongings started to take it's toll so house hunting I went.  Added bonus to living with your parents - no deadline for when you have to move out. This afforded me to put in an offer for a house that being sold short sale, which are notorious for taking forever and a day to close but hello, instant equity.

Que my labor of love:

She's a little (a lot) rough around the edges. Neglect here and there, a project for sure and I love that. Plus she's a 1900's craftsman bungalow with a converted porch, original hardwood floors, trim and built ins. Done. It took 9 months from when the initial offer was made until I signed on the 9,000 lines. Honestly, if it were a baby, it would have been 2 weeks overdue. 

So what is the first thing one does after buying a house? If you're a little OCD like me, you measure everything possible and make a detailed floor plan of the entire house. It's the little things in life people. 

Not only does a floor plan come in handy when trying to describe my house's layout to others (you're welcome) - it also helps in visualizing furniture placement and having all measurements in one place. It's helped stop some impulse purchases when realizing that as much as I might love something, it just aint gonna fit. I've tried a couple different programs buy so far my favorite has been Floorplanner because it's  simple to use and easy to access when on the go. Their free basic account is all that I need.

Below is a voomed out view of the original layout and colors in the house when I purchased it. 

A lot has changed in the last 6 months - more on that to come.

- Lea

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