Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First Week Fixes - Not Fun, But Necessary

Only one window panel remains - sniffle  :(
It’s official. We own the home… and it’s a disaster… and we love it.

The first week in the home, our to do list has been focused on getting it up to code and fixing the many issues caused by two years of non-use (and a few years of neglect while it was being lived in, clearly).

The most heartbreaking moment so far: We found one of the original blue window shades sitting high on a closet shelf. It is simply stunning – a textured blue silk shade that fits perfectly into our long, thin windows (which feature blue aluminum grates on the exterior).

The previous owners also drilled holes into what used to be pristine condition, old-growth wood. Who knows why they needed six hooks in the ceiling of just one room (where they also apparently needed a wall that’s half neon green and half black chalkboard), but we’re left to fix the damage.

Other issues we’ve uncovered since taking possession of the house: Plumbing that is clogged or broken, four gas leaks, numerous outlets that were incorrectly wired, dozens of burned out lightbulbs, a handful of faucets that require replacing, toilet reservoirs that are so disgusting the water in the bowl is neon yellow, garage doors that refuse to open, and much, much, much more.

We’re looking forward to the day when we can start with the fun, cosmetic fixes!


  1. Congratulations! I love your house and actually tried to buy it last fall. Here are some pictures my husband took last September: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eliotauden/sets/72157626208301695/
    Thanks for sharing everything! I am glad that you guys are going to take care of this house and it sounds like you have lots of energy. Good luck with everything! Sarah

  2. Thank you so much, Sarah! It's awesome to see the house when it's green and warm outside. We truly appreciate you sharing!!

  3. Glad it's getting fixed up. My wife and I, like so many others, took a look at this house a few years back and saw the potential. We just purchased a '57 MCM house and while nowhere near the amount of work as you ahead of us, I feel your pain.

    I've spent the week tearing up 1970's carpeting. Keep up with the photos and posts!

  4. I am sorry to hear that your most heartbreaking moment thus far was discovering a forgotten window treatment from Ikea. The "original" blue textured silk shade was sold there several years ago.

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