Thursday, March 3, 2011

Meet Mr. Stinky

I know I know that isn't a very endearing name for your first house. The first home you and your husband purchase together, the first home that your first pet as a married couple came home to, your first child's first  home,  your first big time project. He really was stinky and a bit sad when we bought him though. That doesn't mean that we didn't grow to love him. Maybe that is why I had to have him! Seriously as we started walking away from Mr. Stinky with our realtor upon the first showing hubby was quite surprised when I said "we can make this really nice and it is cheap in our price range!".  Although I have to admit I did shed a few tears of fear when I got a good grasp of what we had gotten ourselves into. .  So over the next several posts I will share a little about how we turned our sad little sittin on the market forever house in 2002 which was unheard of in Austin at the time house (I am really good at run on sentences..are you following?) into a let's put it on the market oh my goodness we have a few offers where are we gonna move house in 2007!

Oh these bring back some crazy memories!  We were so excited and so overwhelmed at the same time.  Little did we know we would be even more overwhelmed as we dug in and realized there would be very little that we could save.  We bought this puppy with 0% down for a reason...we had no money..

 So you might wonder why we would buy such a fixer upper?  I don't know..cause I wanted to!  I was ready to do all that fun stuff they did on Trading Spaces and we ended up charging a lot of it (which I don't recommend for most people) but I am one of those people that wants to pay off a credit card bill before I even receive the statement.  I can't stand it and I will move around that debt to every 0% offer I can to avoid paying interest.  We are also super thrifty and bought the best value for the least money kind of stuff..if it looked good of course!  Thankfully we don't have to operate that way anymore but I am glad we took the plunge and did it.  It all worked out in the end.  We had a house that we loved that sold quickly for a profit..what more can you ask for?(oh how the market has changed!)
Here is a sneak peak of how it all turned out.


Pryncss Briana said... Best Blogger Tips

From the exterior, that is hard to believe it is even the same house. :) It's gorgeous!

Charis said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! I'm so excited that you've started this new blog. I can't wait to see what all you guys did to this house. Just from the outside pics, it looks completely transformed! You are so talented!!

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks ladies!

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, what a difference! Looks amazing! Visiting from

Mrs. James said... Best Blogger Tips

There's just something about the first home no matter what shape it was in when you found it. We had the pleasure of doing alot to our first home which made it hard to leave but boy, the income it brought (as you well know) was totally worth it! We didn't do as much as you guys did but we still had fun doing it! You guys made that a beautiful first home!! Can't wait to read up on more projects!

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never seen the before pics of that house... WOW! Ya'll did a great job. I always love the feel of that house.