Our New Home: Two Big Projects

Unlike previous years, I rolled into 2017 with only one resolution: to take more time off from work. This was my only resolution because at the end of 2016 I was a bit shocked at how much time-off I had left from work. Don’t get me wrong, 2016 was a great year. It was the year we bought our new home!

We’ve taken a few months to settle in and this has been just enough time for us to realize that we should probably get new furniture. Basically, very little of what we own is a good fit for our new home. In fact, just last weekend we did a “late winter purge” and sold/donated much of our furniture including the shelves that were so popular on Instagram.

I’m telling myself this new “minimalist-messy” vibe is deliberate and totally fine even though I have no storage and basically everything is sitting on the floor as I type this. THE HORROR.

There are also two big things about our new home that need to change other than new furniture. These may read like first world problems to some of you but…oh well.

First, wall to wall carpet.

I don’t understand why builders do this thing where they install hardwood in the living areas and then hideous wall to wall beigey-grey carpeting in the bedrooms and on the stairs.┬áIt hasn’t even been a year and I am already giving the bedroom carpet side-eye and plotting its demise. I shudder to think of how much corgi fur is currently embedded in our carpet even though we vacuum regularly with our new vacuum.

 

SAD! Also, the light fixture…also the gray walls

 

Second, electric fireplace. The home builder decided to take up valuable living room square footage to install a fireplace AT AN ANGLE in the living room. See below.

Was this right?

No. No it was not.

We have used it ONCE. It is now basically a glorified tv stand and the tv barely fits up there. To make things better, sarcasm, this thing has some sort of tile around it?

When we toured the house before submitting an offer, I remember my husband and I both raising eyebrows at the fireplace and deciding it absolutely had to go if we bought the house. Our neighbor who lives in another house from the same builder has already had his fireplace removed. Smart. I’m looking forward to taking a sledgehammer to this thing as soon as possible.

Sigh. Why?

I guess what I’m saying is that our house is great and I love being a home-owner.

Really.

I love it.

We’re turning this house into our home slowly but surely. There’s a sense of comfort that comes with the knowledge that I can change anything that bugs me without worrying about permission from a landlord or getting a security deposit back.

We have made plans to replace the carpet with hardwood (bamboo floors like the living room). Plus we’re setting aside time to pull out the fireplace and (hopefully) sell it so it can go to a home where it is appreciated.

Stay tuned!

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