Bona Fide Homeowner

You know there’s nothing like a sunny day (after 2 months of rain) to get you out in the yard working away. Ritchie and I slept in yesterday, had a leisurely morning and then round about 11 decided to get outside and get some chores done. For me that meant a quick run and then 8 hours of weeding, pruning, trellising, watering, dead-heading, transplanting and beautifying. After I was done the yard didn’t look a lot different but the little things I’d done definitely improved the overall effect. And much to my excitement, I realized that we’ve transitioned from creating a backyard to maintaining a backyard. After two years of designing, buying sod, building planters, digging out rock, hauling dirt and planting I’ve arrived at the day I’ve been dreaming of. I can now look at the backyard in terms of purchases under $50, maybe even $20.
As I cleaned up the kitchen late into the night I started to think about the whole house in this way. When Ritchie and I first bought our house we were cautioned that the expenses of getting settled into a “new” home can add up quickly as opposed to the expenses incurred when buying an existing home. We didn’t pay much attention and didn’t really understand what could be that different, after all it would be our first house either way. But now, two years and at least $5,000 later I think I get it….all the little “make it liveable” projects are just about done. Sure there are plenty of little changes we’d like to make but the basics are in place and we can sit back and enjoy normal home maintenance. I’m not sure what it’ll be like because I’ve only imagined this day but I’m pretty excited about it! We’ve gone from uniform walls, empty windows and a weed-infested-dirt-cascading-off-the-cliff backyard to colorful rooms, blinds and drapes, sod, garden tools, a planter, blackberries, mulch, whiskey barrels and a bbq. Hooray!
Now the question is-how does one efficiently tackle home improvement projects?


8 thoughts on “Bona Fide Homeowner

  1. I also vote for pictures! I keep thinking I’ll get down to see your house, but it never seems to happen. Sounds like you have worked hard and now deserve to enjoy it!

  2. well, i have to say that i am definitely looking forward to the day that i can own a home. one thing that makes me excited about possibly living in NY is that we can maybe buy an older, crafty kind of house. i don’t want to do a whole lot of fixing up, but i do like the thought of gardening and fresh paint. i want to see pictures as well! i still haven’t even seen new pictures since we placed the pots up and stuff!

  3. Don’t you love it when your home starts to take on your personality! I’m still painting mine and have a long way to go, but it’s so nice to see “me” in my house. I’m glad it’s coming together for you! And yes, post pics!

  4. Well, I’m jealous. We DO have a finished backyard, but unfortunately we bought a house with an unfinished basement…and I’m beginning to think it will never get finished. And, seeing as how I have still not finished painting Heidi’s closet doors (yes, they have been sitting in that unfinished basement for like five months), I don’t think I should start any painting projects soon. Maybe when you come, we could at least finish the doors.

  5. Don’t get my wrong, not every room is colorful and the backyard is still growing in but I don’t have any more expensive projects planned for the near future. That’s the part I’m excited about. I’ve dreamed of just buying a few flowers or seeing a picture I want and hanging it. Up until now all the house cash has been spent on things like weedwackers and hoses so the prospect of having the essentials in place is what’s exciting :).

  6. wheres the pics!!! i am amazed at your landscraping and gardening ability. Read my blog later…you will see my gardening abilities šŸ˜‰

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