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    Hey there! I'm Amanda and I'll be your co-pilot today. Along with my handy husband, Ben, we're remodeling our second house. We're avid DIY-ers, tackling large and small projects while raising two rambunctious boys. Thanks for following along on this wild journey!
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Love at First Sight

Happy Friday, everyone!  Just over a year ago, Ben drove past a house for sale in our dream neighborhood.  We couldn’t stop talking/thinking about it.  At least until we walked through it.  Listing pictures were limited and didn’t show much.  After talking to the agent, we understood why.  It was dirty.  So dirty she didn’t want to show it yet.  We persisted, saying we can look past it.  Tomorrow marks one year since we stepped in the doors of what we now call our Mountain house.  I had my little point and shoot camera, so the picture quality isn’t the best, but you get the idea.


Yes, it was dirty (in both the clutter and dirt sense), but we liked what we saw.


Well, what mattered anyway.  Light fixtures, paint colors, and furniture doesn’t matter because they’re easily changed.


The layout was great.  Open living areas with three bedrooms on the main level.


And our minds were racing with options and ideas.


Some rooms had been updated to fit the owner’s traditional style.


Others had been left mostly untouched.


There was no denying it, we were interested.  Maybe more than interested.


It was perfect for us.  A brand new dream project.


Sure, it needed/needs a lot of work, but we’re still happy with our decision.  No buyer’s remorse here.  Although I’d be lying if I said we didn’t occasionally we do miss our first love (house).

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  1. Ellen

     /  February 15, 2013

    We love that you are fixing this home in our neighborhood!! It is so much fun to watch the progress. Our daughter in Ca thought it looked like her old neighborhood and got me on our blog!!!

  2. I forgot about the pool! I’m excited to see what you do with that room. :)

    • Hey Adrienne!

      It happens to us, too. We’re still a while out from tackling that, but we’re brainstorming.


      • Robin

         /  February 15, 2013

        I was thinking the same! Are you planning on making it over? Are you going to have a pool and a hot tub? That will be very exciting when you are able to get to that.

        • Hey Robin!

          Eventually we’ll work on the pool. We’re more concerned with the house right now. The plan is to get the pool functional and then get a stand alone hot tub because the current one hasn’t worked in ten or more years.


  3. Frances

     /  February 15, 2013

    Mountain house is amazing. I’m envious of that big open living space.

  4. Maryanne

     /  February 16, 2013

    I love seeing your progress! Thank you for sharing with all of us! Can’t wait to see the living room all painted.


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