Friday, September 3, 2010

House Update

An origami lily my youngest made me... my children are going through an origami addiction. 
I can't leave any paper lying around here just in case it is turned into something.

Ok, here's the drum.... I ALMOST bought a house.... but didn't in the long 'drawn out' end.. (thank goodness for due diligence clauses)... a massive reno. I think I have a reno in me for next time... but don't hold me to it because things could change again in a heartbeat.....depends on what comes up.

Anyway... the house... oh it had such character and potential.... but the more I digged the more I feared the open ended chequebook. Regardless of the project, I have to have a set figure to work towards...and this one?... I could see exactly where the blowouts would be... yep water and foundations... couldn't get out of there fast enough in the end. Renos are like that aren't they... that's why I might chicken out and build again... fixed contracts with every contractor... total control over the little things. So I'm looking... and looking. Back in June, I made a throw away comment to hubby that I knew I would have something by the end of September...there's still hope.... maybe Spring will bring out some goodies.

Busy, busy this morning. I'm off to quiz my son for his Science test. I love it.. I learn so much and find out how much I have forgotten. We were so NOT doing forces and vectors when I was in Grade 7. How times have changed.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend.
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18 comments:

  1. Morning A-M,

    we have been umming and ahhing over the last 2 years about whether we jump into our reno... 2 years on, and like you said the thought of an open chequebook has us weak at the knees.

    off to look at land this weekend....

    enjoy your science quizz!

    Rachael

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  2. Water and foundations..I would have run away too. I've only been brave enough to renovate a 13 year old home - only minor changes needed to plumbing etc,. in a house this young. I remember watching an episode of Sarah's House and they found that the old clay (yes clay) pipes under the house had broken and all the sewerage was simply leaking out under the house...nice. Oh, and I have something for little one too.. he might like to have a look at http://mymilktoof.blogspot.com/ It's hilarious and G/PG rated. I found it on Charlotta Ward's blog. Have a lovely weekend..Rachaelxx

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  3. The sad thing is that when you write Forces & Vectors it dosn't even spark a small memory - it is as though it has been repressed like a traumatic experience....... now that I dig in the viod all that surfaces is meth, eth, prop, but, pent, hex, oct, non, dec...............gases I think - yes? no?

    Katie

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  4. Yes I think Spring is a good time to find a new home/opportunity to either build or renovate. I believe people wait until the nicer weather to make their homes more attractive to potential buyers. Eg they can open up doors and windows etc to show the 'lifestyle' buyers may be looking for. So good luck with it and I hope you do find something this month. Enjoy your weekend. ;-)

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  5. Hi A-M,
    Good luck with your house/land hunting!
    I am sure when the right property comes along (whether it be a renovation project or land) you will just "know" it is right.
    We have renovated 2 houses - one an old stone Adelaide Villa, the other a 70's ranch style house - both very different, but loved giving them both a new lease on life....even though we said we would never do it again! (yes, there were budget blow-outs...etc, etc)
    This time we were looking for land to build...but what did we end up with? Another (really old) Villa...we walked in and both immediately knew it was "the one".
    Here we go again!
    xx

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  6. I do hope you find just the right thing A-M, as I'm really looking forward to following along on your next project. At least you found out in time before you jumped in boots and all - from someone who lives in a total money pit, I think you made the right decision! Good luck with your search, and have a great weekend. K xx

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  7. Hi A-M, When I read this I almost felt like screaming at you NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Don't do it!!!! but then hopefully the house you were looking at is not the crazy reno job that mine is (especially this week). Read my Thursday post at your own peril. I'm liking the idea of a brand new house right now :)
    ps having said all that, I'll really love watching your reno job if it happens :)

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  8. Building is just more fun...but I may be a bit bias. ;) Renos you are always working with limitations and with the new build there are no limits, well, the budget one but that is minor. Best of luck! xo

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  9. I know I just might be crazy but I prefer renovations to building. You can do it slower and get everything just right. Plus I get a kick out of turning something disgusting into something beautiful. We do get a Builder Inspector's report first to make sure there are no surprises like water and foundations. I hope you find just the right thing soon:)

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  10. Renovating can be exciting and utterly annoying, just like building.
    I love giving an unloved home a facelift and putting our stamp on her.
    Plug away A-M, she's out there waiting.
    Your lads would go crazy in Japan with the variety of origami paper on offer. Oh and the sushi...A-M you know you have to get over there!!
    xx

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  11. A-Mi, yes we have to go... big son got an A+ in his last Japanese test.. the only one in his class.... we couldn't let all that Japanese go to waste could we! A-Me xx

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  12. Have I ever told you I love your blog. You are definitely living a dream. Keep up the good work A-M.

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  13. Oh, A-M, I was so relieved to exhale. It sounds like you dodged a bullet there. Life is hard enough without all those problems! Best of luck with the hunting. J x

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  14. You are right about the open cheque book with renovations- our cheque book has temporarily run out as a consequence!!! Can't wait to see what you find- it will be perfect whatever it is. Hope you are well. Emma. xx

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  15. Oh dear. I just called hubby in to read this blog and he has walked away twitching. Water and foundations are the two huge problems we have with our house. We were living interstate at the time we purchased it but did make a flying visit to look at it. It had everything we wanted and looked great. A building inspector found NO FAULT with it. We were so excited about moving in. Then it began. On handover day we had 1/2 metre of water in the cellar (kids thought we had an indoor pool)and the problems have just kept on coming. You were wise to get out of there quick. Good luck with your search. Im off to check on hubby. :)

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  16. I would have been running too! there is a lot of peaceful nights sleep in a fixed contract it must be said! jx

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  17. Wow, so close to a new home but so good you did your homework on what it would've taken to get it right. I firmly believe you'll find that perfect property before the end of September!

    Have a great weekend A-M, its a long weekend for us in Canada so expect pictures and blog updates next week!

    XO, Andrea

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  18. Repeat after me 'I will NOT under any circumstances fall under the spell of a Renovator's Opportunity. I will ONLY build from scratch, using all the wisdom & knowledge I gained from my last experience.' Repeat hourly until this CRAZY notion leaves your body A-M!!!
    Millie ^_^

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