It’s finally happened, we’ve moved in! We bought the house the first of June 2011, and we moved in third week of September 2011. What were we doing for the 3 and a half months in between? I thought you’d never ask!
First let me tell you about the house. We’re in Wilmington, MA. Our house is a 1969, 2 floor colonial, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, fireplace, full basement (unfinished), about 1100 sqft living space. We’re on about 14,500 sqft lot, 50ftx290ft, long and narrow. The house currently green with white spots (previous owner patched up some spots with primer and left it) so it’s very ugly.
We want to first say thank you to Lisa Pijoan, with Wilson Wolfe Realty. She worked with us for just over a year in finding the perfect house. We visited dozens of houses with her, and made plenty of offers. We found the perfect house in our price range (hence the amount of work needed) If you’re looking to buy or sell, we HIGHLY recommend Lisa, she rocks!
We upgraded the house, significantly. We bought it as a fixer-upper, and underestimated the time and money it would take to get it ready to move in. I don’t regret it though, it was worth every penny, and all the sweat, blood (usually quickly followed by) and tears.
A brief overview of what we’ve done thus far: (I will jump into greater detail on select items in coming posts. Stay tuned!)
- Pulled up nasty old carpet in living room and stairs
- Tore down wall between kitchen and dining room, and opened up wall between living room and hallway
- Ran multimedia wires through wall above fireplace for TV
- Replaced basement exterior door
- Washed, primed and painted all rooms
- Stripped wall paper from master bedroom, then decided to skim coat
- Refinished all hardwood floors (great job by Square Floor Service)
- Refinished kitchen cabinets, new sink, counter, tile back splash
- New floor in kitchen and dining room
- New bathroom: shower/tub, walls, vanity, toilet, floors
- Ran new outlets in kitchen, light over sink, replaced a few plugs and switches throughout house
It was a collective effort, we’d still be working on the house if it wasn’t for our friends and family helping out. Heather and I would like to say special thanks to my dad, Michael Lozzi and my brother, Mike Lozzi Jr., for hours and hours of work in demolition, construction and finish work throughout the entire house. Thanks to my father-in-law, Ken Dorothy, for the beautiful bathroom. Thanks Kirk for the electrical work. And thanks to our many friends and family (Dan, JJ, Diane, Michelle, Nancy, Kyle, and some more I forgot) who helped paint, clean, wash, and move in! We couldn’t have finished it all with you!
And what I’ve already discovered as being a new home owner: there is always plenty to do around here. Our goals for the next year or two (in no particular order)
- Replace siding and windows
- Remove oil heat and install gas
- Add gutters
- Paint deck
- Replace stairs on deck
- Throw a play room in the basement
- Rework entire back yard
So there you have it. We’re new proud home owners having fun making our home the best it can be. Check back soon or subscribe to my blog, I’ll be posting a lot more photos, videos and info about what we’ve done and will be doing.