Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's my house-iversary!

On June 6, 2009 I had my reveal and the house became mine. In honor of my second house-iversary let's take a walk down memory lane!

Filming My First Place

My bathroom used to look like this.

Now it looks like this.

My kitchen looked like this.

Now it looks like this.

The yard before:

The yard after:

The yard is still very much in process


The site of the old patio slab.
Part of this process was removing 10,000 lbs of concrete.

The basement looked like this.

Now it looks like this:

The living room looked like this:

And it looked like this after the reveal:

And now it looks like this:

We removed the old furnace . . .

. . . and replaced it with an energy efficient one.

My friend David and I (but mostly David) removed the ELEVEN arbor vitae in the front yard.

By hand.

And I planted two Japanese bloodgood maples.

The dining room looked like this:

Now it looks like this.

I put in a new back fence, and I'm planning to put in a new side fence this summer. I painted every room in the house and have two hallways to go before I can say that I painted every paintable surface in the house. I had a lot of plumbing adventures, including putting in a new garbage disposal, changing the wax ring on the toilet, and clogging and then unclogging my basement sink.

And I got a new roommate. He's nice. Did I mention he mows the lawn for me? It rocks.

Illustration by Nan Lawson

The classic second anniversary gift is cotton. Perhaps I'll finally buy my house some curtains for the living and dining rooms.


  1. Congratulations!! You've put it a ton of work and your house looks so much better for it. It looks awesome.

  2. Wow! Happy house-iversary! You have been busy. I enjoy your blog, it reminds me of all the love I put into my first house not so long ago.

    Oh and 11 arborvitae? Really? Who plants 11 arborvitae in front of their house?

  3. Thanks so much! It still needs so much work but at least it feels like I've made some headway. :)

  4. Oh my gosh, RIGHT? Apparently my next door neighbor told the previous owner not to plant the arbor vitae there but they did it anyway. They also planted all the rhododendron about eight inches from the house.

  5. You've come so far! It looks fantastic. Makes me want to do an anniversary post on my house, now, too! :)

  6. That illustration is ADORABLE! Happy houseiversary!!