Adventures in Home Updates

I mentioned some time back that we had recently been open to moving. For various reasons, it would be a good idea in the next couple of years as our current house continues to appreciate in value and our needs change. However, there are some legitimate issues with the house that need fixing, upgrading, or general attention. There are some things that have been neglected or put off, and I made a decision a couple of months ago that no matter if we moved or not, would have to be addressed. If we move, they were items that needed attention before listing. If we don’t, for some reason, they are things that needed attention for our continued enjoyment of the house and lifestyle. This, and future entries under this banner, will attempt to chronicle them in some way.

Our home was built in 1971, and underwent a renovation/add-on around 2000. We bought the house in late 2008, right before the housing crash happened. Six more months and we would have saved over ten thousand dollars in tax rebates and selling price, but location was the primary factor. Our first home, you look over a lot. And we did. Some of the history here will factor into decisions we are now having to make, which is why it is worth mentioning.

My first experience with the house, and woodworking, was removing a cabinet so that our fridge would fit. Being of a time that my tools consisted of a Ryobi 18v kit, I was not versed in the right way to do things. My concern was expedience, considering I didn’t bother to measure heights when we picked it out. I cut what I could and ripped out the rest, leaving a ragged edge on the section next to the wall and a fairly clean edge where the rest of the cabinets lined up. This is still like this to this day, and it will be the subject of a near-term fix of some sort. That will be addressed another day. There will be further little history lessons as I detail different fixes that I’ve done and that still need to be done.

This ran a bit long, so in the next part I’ll start in on what happened, what is done, and what is left to be done in the next couple of years.


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