Elder House Rules: The ugly duckling

The day is finally here – after 8 years of living in a dorm, we finally have lift off people. We. Have. Bought. a. House!!



Before picture of the kitchen and dining room

Ok, so we are TOTALLY still in the honeymoon phase of it all. Our eyes fall past the worn and off color beige walls and see only the freshly painted crisp trim that will hold the tick marks of our children’s future growth chart. Unseen are the hundreds of tiny repairs, or the lingering smell of cat (well, actually that one is noticeable). Instead we are oozing with potential, delight, and the thrill of having a front door!!

We will be using this blog to catalogue our adventures in home renovation and since I’m a sucker for a good before and after reveal here are some before pictures for your viewing pleasure!



The upstairs large bedroom. This will be our current Master Bedroom




Before: Basement picture.

Before: Basement picture.








Before: little monster's room :)

Before: little monster’s room :)

So here’s where we are headed over the next months   year.  There is so much that needs to be done, and that we get to do….we had to come up with a game plan. So far, here it is:

The Elder House Rules of Renovation

1. Budget– as we anticipate graduating to a one income family, a tight budget is the order of the day.

2. Priorities – As with any home renovation, there will always be one more project to tackle. Come back soon to see how we plan to prioritize our renovation work.

3. Reclaim and reusable materials: We love smart renovations that find the diamond in the rough. Craigslist, ebay, amazon are some of our favorite sources.

4. Educate!: We are so excited for what we are going to learn along the way. We also hope to share our (especially my talented husband’s extensive construction knowledge) with you. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

5. Make mistakes:  Confession: I am a perfectionist. It’s true. Confession 2: I’m not a very good perfectionist – as I rarely seem to be able to actually accomplish perfection in my life. :) This being said, I can get really stuck in the planning phase of it all as I try to make the perfect decision. So we’ve decided, failure will be inevitable- so let’s embrace it! And when it happens, I’ll write about it.

Now onto the adventure.


Have you embarked on any home renovations? What were some things you wished you would have known? Leave them in the comments below! We’ll take all the advice we can get.