It's been an interesting day already. I set off the alarm, almost missed the trash truck, and grabbed my two year old before he could run in front of a car backing out of a driveway (he was on the sidewalk). Otherwise, it's the same old, same old around here. We did sign J up for preschool, but he is on a list. Worst case scenario is a 6 month wait. Gotta love this crowded city.
Been thinking about my housing predicament. Especially since my AC went out during a very hot day last weekend. I've come to the conclusion that new housing is out--it's the wrong location or it's the right location and way, way too expensive. I'm creative right? I should make my own like-new housing, except that I'm not a contractor/interior decorator or any of that. I've been looking into: flooring specialists to replace carpet, etc; kitchen remodels and new appliances; painters.
See I figure that if I basically rip everything out of an existing home and paint it, then it's like new again. By doing my homework now, I will know exactly when I walk into one of these older homes this fall what it's going to cost me to upgrade it. And I'll be using that as a negotiating factor as well. Some things though, it's impossible to tell what they will cost. For example, I talked to Home Depot about kitchen re-dos (just upgrading counter tops, refacing cabinets and new appliances) and he was giving me some ball park figures. Well, a lot of the cost has to do with updating old plumbing and electrical work, something I can't see when I walk through (not that I'd have a clue what I'd be looking at even if I could see it). I know if I alert a home inspector to my plans they might be able to tell me, but still. So many hidden costs with remodeling/renovation. I just don't want my kid to grow up on asphalt. I want an actual yard, which is almost a pipe dream here. I have grass envy real bad, hope you appreciate yours if you have any!
Here's a layout I did about our trip to the aquarium in NC. I think we will visit again before the fall for just a couple of days, I miss it.
Supplies: K & Company Patterned paper and Alphas; Making Memories Canvas Alphas; Scenic Route Patterned paper; Bazzil butter cardstock; SEI tickets (All but K & Co patterned paper from Studio Calico July kit).
Have a great Thursday! Until tomorrow. And here are the Scribble Scrabble sneaks: 3 new lines--Lullaby of Birdland, Jeepers Creepers, and Party time.