Friday, June 1, 2012
this old house
As we hadn’t spent much time in houses there -- which are typically 100-plus years old -- it took awhile to realize that, rather than spend on a house that had been rehabbed in a style we didn’t love, we’d rather buy low and make exactly the changes we want.
So this is it. Our house! Chateau Cliffe (pronounced Cleef), a 3-bed, 1-1/2-bath bungalow built in 1904 (it only has one floor of living space, but is topped with an enormous attic that’s begging to be used). We could move in now, but the apartment is ours until the end of July, so we’ve chosen to make some changes before we officially become Milwaukeeans.
Paige, our amazing, patient, and very wise Realtor, said that if we hoped to get divorced within our first year there, we should do the work ourselves. We agreed (having virtually no prior DIY experience). So, the contractors are finalizing their bids, and we hope to make our decision by Friday. I’ll share more about the work we’re doing as the projects progress.
Meanwhile, how would you amp up our curb appeal? These photos were taken at our inspection in early April, but I think it’s a good way to start -- the absence of leaves on the trees shows just how blank a slate we’re working with.