Thursday, January 31, 2008
I guess I should get the paper and have a cup of coffee and enjoy this rare moment of being alone in a clean (spotless!) house.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The interviews went well, and my problem is that I really like them both. I'm going to have to be very objective and base the decision on ability. Only they both are really experienced and well connected. The one that seems to specialize in my neighborhood is who I'm leaning toward, but my husband prefers the other one. But he's leaving the whole thing up to me and wants me to deal with it by myself. He is way too much of a "do-it-yourselfer" to consider ever hiring an agent. I am supposed to hear back from them both with some answers to my large list of questions and my CMA (comparative market analysis), and then I will try to decide. In the meantime, another agent/builder called and asked to come by Friday. He pretended not to know, but he apparently drove by and saw the other agents cars. Such a competitive business!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
We were embarrassed by some of the stuff we found down there. You wouldn't believe the number of old cardboard boxes. I think I totaled 5 trips to the recycling center counting both projects. The real challenge was recycling as much as we could instead of giving into the easier temptation of just throwing it all in the dump. The one thing we couldn't recycle was all the wood scraps from the moulding and trim projects. The man at the center said he didn't know of any where to do that. That's gonna present a challenge for me when we do finally get to build because it is important to me to recycle as much building material as possible. I'm gonna look to see if I can find any companies in Atlanta who do it. But how much would that cost?
Anyway, I can't express how good it feels to have these room cleaned out! It's like I can breathe easier. And now I feel ready to invite realtors in and interview them. Hmm, typing that made me realize I don't. I have to clean the house! Finally touch up this wall paint in the office! Organize all my drawers! Clean my bedroom carpet! Does it ever end?????
Friday, January 25, 2008
Having a two year old when you're expecting a baby brings about such an urgency to get the two year old more independent. It's a little sad to rush them out of baby-hood. But I think without that pressure, it's also too easy to prolong baby-hood a little too long. Still, I've been thinking about spacing the next one closer to 3 years. Of course, I said that last time. I get major baby fever when those fat cheeks start slimming up.
Okay, I'm going to put him in his crib and wave my white flag. Again.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Maybe it's the pregnancy hormones, but the moment hit me hard and unexpected.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
In this picture you can kinda see all the moulding we put around the windows and the judges paneling my husband put up. This is the formal dining room.
We also put crown moulding in 10 rooms upstairs that didn't have it (including the halls) and we repainted all the halls a nicer and more washable paint. We dressed up the columns with lots of moulding and tiled the back splash in the kitchen. I stained the deck. We put in a custom closet system that rocks. We have a few more projects then we are gonna stop. I can't think of much else to do. And it doesn't seem to matter anyway because I can't get any buyers in to see it. That's why I'm gonna have to consider hiring an agent toward the end of summer. I'm hoping we've increased our value enough that we can pay one now and still get what we need from the house.
If you're really curious, you can check out the website I made to put on our info sheet in the for sale sign. http://www.kodakgallery.com/birkdalehouse
More projects are planned for the weekend, so I'll post pictures when I can.