A few days ago, I re-read the post from when we bought our first house last year, published exactly one year ago today, and cried remembering all the joy and innocence of that season. The girl writing that post didn’t know what was coming immediately after that house closing, i.e., solid weeks of manual labor while we spent every free moment tearing down walls, rebuilding the kitchen, buying appliances on Craigslist and strapping them to the back of rented trucks, refinishing floors, hauling huge loads of trash to the local dump, going to Home Depot, going to Home Depot, going to Home Depot. We wouldn’t have a working kitchen for more than a month, I would have regular emotional breakdowns, all our projects would wind up costing more than we had thought and, oh yeah, who could have predicted the great plumbing catastrophe that had us without working sewage for a short period of time? It’s crazy that all that work and stress got sidled alongside learning, sweating, the chance to see my husband stretch himself in handyman skills and, right around the time we wondered if we were in over our heads, a positive pregnancy test (surprise!). What a ride. Anyway, since I always love those home makeover shows, especially the “after” parts, here are photos from the one-year update. DIY renovations are no joke, you guys. (They’re also never over. Have you read this book yet? Next project!)
special thanks to my parents, Terry Barga (and family) and the ever-revolving door of local friends who came over to help us make the house livable again. we couldn’t have done it without your help.