Closing Time

You'd think that after getting married we'd have a little down time... haha no such luck.
Well good news is - I like staying busy and we are set to close on our house this Friday! 
I've been so anxious these past couple weeks as we awaited to hear when they'd have all the paperwork finalized.  Zach and I drive or run past the house every chance we get and let the ideas flow on what we'd like to do with it. Let me tell you, lots of sweat equity will be going into this house.  It is a 1910 American Four Square home with original woodwork, stain glass windows, and 9' ceilings...but is in dire need of renovating.

Here is a glimpse of my favorite room in the whole house...the butler's pantry!


We've pretty much wrote out a plan for the next year of what we'd like to get accomplished....
It doesn't look like much, but we'll be lucky if we get half of it done. 

Landscape and add trees & garden
Paint interior and put up drywall if necessary
Fix exterior issue with brick/concrete stairs
Refinish all the woodwork (there is tons of it!)
Convert the fireplace to gas and remodel facade
Remodel the kitchen and bathrooms
Paint the house

And that is just scratching the surface. 

We really wanted a fixer upper, something to work towards and truly make our own. I'm so stoked about the potential for this house and excited to blog about our future progress!
 Finally a place that we can settle down in and call home. 

Here's to hoping that we do close on Friday and that there will be no more delays!
If anyone is experienced with remodeling houses, please let me know. 
I'll be needing all the advice I can get. :) 

-KateLainey

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8 Responses to Closing Time

  1. Oh I am excited already for you guys!!! The place looks so charming and I know you are going to have a blast redecorating & fixing things up! Yay now we can bounce house project ideas off each other :):)

    Congrats!!!

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  2. That is a gorgeous little room. I love wood rooms like that... and also any house that has a butler's pantry is basically immediately on my "love" list anyway :)

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  3. I can't wait to see it! Hope you and Z are doing well. Miss you guys!

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  4. Kayley from SidewalkreadyJuly 19, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Yay!! Congrats ahead of time! Get a subscription to "This Old House". It's my favorite magazine!

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  5. CJ VanDaff - ZondervanJuly 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Kate congrats on the wedding & the house. Your wedding pics are amazing! I have LOVED looking at them. You both are radiant, you look so happy. I am excited for you 2 about the house. You are doing a wondreful thing by rescuing and loving an old house. It will be an amazing journey. Can me or Dan anytime for advise, walk through or to brain storm. You know we are old house lovers too!
    Congrats again,
    CJ

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  6. Congrats on the new house. We have a fixer upper also an it is a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!! Good luck with the closing!

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  7. kate, this house looks absolutely gorgeous. you MUST post more pictures of it! it looks like my dream house, haha.

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  8. Thanks CJ! We are extremely happy and ready to begin our life together. Once we get to a design phase I will prolly need a good brain storm session with you! :)

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