On March 27 I blogged that we put an offer on a house. Believe it or not, we just closed yesterday, 48 days later. It was a roller coaster of a ride and we're more than happy it's over with.
Today I called to tell my friend Leigh about it and she asked if I was excited. I am excited, but my head is also overwhelmed with what to do with it that I'm not jumping up and down. I am so happy that we got it and I can't wait to start nesting, but it's practically all I think about. The house basically needs to be stripped and redone. I wouldn't say gutted, but walls will be patched and painted, wallpaper and snow down, needs new flooring, maybe take a wall down, new windows eventually, of course a new kitchen and bathrooms (but not right away), we also need furniture, and I'm stuck on paint colors. This doesn't include landscaping, painting the outside of the house, a deck and someday a cabana with rooftop deck. Pool? Who knows, we have the ocean in our front yard.
I know full well that we don't have to do it all at once. I get that. But I am so excited that I can't put one foot in front of me. All I can think about is paint color. And budget. I know we won't do all that's needed to be done before we move in (July 21 after the WSOP) but I want to have a plan. And I won't be able to budget everything else until I get a grasp on flooring. So, I'm going to head down to SD next week.
Luckily, my brother Jason and been more than amped to be our coordinator and head fix it/remodeler guy. He loves working with his hands and will consider our house a part time job getting it ready for us. Hopefully we can have an architect come over next week to talk about taking down a wall and an ugly roofing thing (hold tight for pics) - and then Jason and I can go price out hard wood floors and tile. We are really really lucky to have Jason, and that we can do stuff like paint and floors before we have to move in.
Now, here are the before pics of our Carlsbad fixer:
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