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Catching up

Good Morning Friends!

I have a lot of catching up to do!  I have been away from the blog for some time now and I apologize for that, but as I know I’ve mentioned before (hehe-a couple of times) life can throw you curves.  Well, this curve took me some time to navigate!  Almost 5 months!

I started this journey to share my creations that I make with Stampin’ Up products, some DIY projects and my journey as an empty nester.  That is still my plan and I believe that I can now devote more time into that sharing:)  My latest share are pictures of the before and after of my craft room.

This was my craft room in our old house. (I know, it’s a bit obsessive, right? lol)
This is how the room started in the “new” house. Pretty huh?
This is how it looks now. Still a work in progress:)









Here’s the pretty floors! It’s the one thing the contractor did right!

The subfloor in the entire house had to be replaced or you might fallen through!  Not only that, supports had to be built to hold up the joists to support the awesome new floor (distressed hardwood bamboo).  Needless to say, the house was more of a fixer-upper than we originally thought!  Where is Chip and JoAnna when you need them???  Not here in Indiana that’s for sure!!

We also had some contractor issues.  He could not get a dry wall sub to show up and work or to actually do good work!  We had a professional electrician and plumber do some work (okay work is a loose term – it was a major overhaul on both accounts!!!) and they kept saying “you are being taking advantage of.  These guys are not professional.  You need to fire them”.  Well, we wanted to but to educate those who aren’t aware, and we weren’t, if you buy a home that HUD has listed and you have a contractor bid the work, you have to use that contractor to finish the job because the renovation funds come listed in your name and the contractor’s name.  Boo!

We wanted to fire him before we closed but that would meanthe whole loan process would have to start from scratch and that would mean another 60 days!  Not gonna happen!  So, we muddled through and we are now finishing the reno on our own.  (We finally said enough is enough)

The contractor did discount some for the sub-par work that was done and did vapor barrier the crawl space (at no charge) to protect the supports his guys put in, but it still did not make up for the headaches and work we had to re-do.  (Whose going to replace our front doors? Yes, plural-it’s a double front door that some id— sawed them off to make the threshold higher, and now you can see daylight through it! The contractor said “I didn’t authorize that!”  Well you’re the boss so the buck stops with you!  (He didn’t think so.) Oh well, live and learn.

What was supposed to be a nice pre-retirement house with a lower mortgage payment ended up being a lot of extra money out of our pocket that we hadn’t banked on and now we have to work longer than planned.  (okay that was sort of a pity party, sorry)

The house is becoming beautiful!:)  Now that my craft/studio room is coming together I feel more complete and creative so the projects will begin soon!  My kitchen is functional and our master bath is almost done.  I still have a garage full of boxes to unpack (seriously, it’s the entire 2 car garage!!!) but if I have lived without it this long, I see a major garage sale coming this spring!!

The lesson learned is do your homework!  Get a certified home inspection (don’t rely on HUD or your contractor, they both under-reported the issues), really research your contractor-talk to people he has done work for and don’t just go by the reviews on the internet, sign a contract with the contractor and have a completion date noted with penalties if it’s not done by that date, make sure he has your budget and have a lot of patience.

I’ll sign off here with a very simple card from a retired Stampin’ Up stamp set that I love.  It’s to all of you who read my posts and hope you return for the posts in the future!

Just a quick card I made this week. I don’t have my “picture stage” set up yet:)