Thursday, March 31, 2011
A Home At Last
Late last night when we should have been sleeping, we were instead coming to terms with the fact that we had just purchased this house with only about half an hour of inspection.
It was just what we were after.
A property that didn't sell at auction.
Had loads of potential.
Plenty of space for the girls to play, a vegetable garden, and maybe chooks.
Most importantly heaps of storage space in the garage for the occasional (ahem!) vintage item.
There is a lot of work ahead of us as it is in it's original condition, circa 1930's art deco style. The previous owner raised a family there and lived there for sixty years until she needed to go into a nursing home. So it has been an emotional roller coaster ride for her and her grown children. We were told that the elderly lady was happy to know that young children would once again be playing in the back yard.
So we will move in late May and begin phase one, with lots of scrubbing, peeling wallpaper, knocking down ugly built wardrobes and shelves, painting, ripping up carpet, and of course nurturing a vegie garden.
We are up for the challenge and I can't wait to get stuck in. We will try and do what we can ourselves to make it a bit more comfortable. We have grand plans for the future, but for now we must watch the $$$$. We will live with lots of lovely cracks in the lath and plaster walls and with the cornices coming away from the walls, as the floor needs doing first.
We hope to be able to remove the old gas heater and perhaps have an open fire or a combustion stove and I believe there is another chimney in the dining room that was plastered over years ago, so perhaps we'll just have to have a look at that as well. I wonder what we will discover?