The First Week: Getting Settled

It’s just over a week that we’ve been in our new house now and I have already learned so much about owning a home! New developments are very different from houses, so this wouldn’t really apply to new condo or co-op owners. Our house was built in 1899 so this puppy has aged quite a bit 🙂 This tree was planted there in 2001. It’s so cute!

The incessant rain has been a bit scary because our roof needs replacement ASAP. After getting three estimates we decided to go with Nick at Leakmaster, a friendly local Brooklyn Greek guy whose family has been in the roofing business for 60 years. He and his sons are coming out to fix our roof in two weeks. I am holding my breath for no more rain until then!

Lucky for us, the house was completely gut renovated in 2005 and does not need much work. We are going to paint the walls, add a trim, buff and wax the floors and pull out the carpeting from all the stairs. After using a pair of pliers to lift the carpet up a bit, we discovered a beautiful red wood staircase in our living room.

Who would cover up such beautiful wooden stairs? These had a really ugly dark green carpet over them. Once the carpet was ripped off, the nails had to be removed. Then it was sanded with a hand sander and stained. We are going to apply a second coat of stainer, just to get the color a little bit darker. I think it will look nice against the white trim we plan on having in the living room. (Huge thanks to Gui and Rich on this, they did all the work while I was in class).

I’ll post more pics as I go along and discuss all the DIY projects we are working on. A few things we had in mind: tearing down walls, putting up sheet rock, renovating yard, painting, updating kitchen and exposed brick walls.

The absolute best thing about being a home owner is that you are at liberty to do any and everything you want! You can decorate and renovate to your hearts content.

Here is a little snapshot of our humble abode.


About Maya

I like words like "labyrinthian," "kerfuffle," and "serendipitous" because they're mellifluous. I love poetry, pumpkin ales, sangria, long summer days, Fall foliage, going out of my way to step on crunchy leaves in October, live music, Jazz, Salsa dancing, theater, film (foreign and indie), the arts (myriad varieties), dance (in theory and practice) and any place where I can sit outdoors and take it all in.
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