10/13/2015 – Tear the Roof Off

Five times a week, once a week…whatever…

We wrote out a (second) huge check yesterday in pursuit of having our house gutted. For the most part, I like our house and have since we moved in twelve years ago. But there’s no hiding the fact that it’s a suburban development home from the late 1970s. Despite the work we’ve put into it, there are still traces of Brady Bunch to be found. Truth be told, I have no idea how I found myself living in the southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities as I always imagined I’d be living somewhere closer to downtown. I’ve always loved the classic Minneapolis homes, with their hardwood floors, classic woodwork, and neighborhood charm. But I think Christine had “nesting” in mind when we found our house as we live on a cul-de-sac with a good-sized yard and plenty of room for kids.

Looking back, how could I have possibly been so oblivious to what my future had in store for me?

Anyway, we’ve spent the past decade-plus making subtle changes to the house to make it more our own, rather than feeling like it was left to us by our grandmother. From removing the certifiably insane amount of wallpaper that covered every room in the house to expanding our deck and remodeling the bathrooms, homeownership has been a pain in my unskilled ass. Fortunately, we’ve had a lot of outside help from Moe and his Dad, among others.

This is the first truly huge remodel project, though, and it will make a significant difference in the feel of our house. I’m super excited, as we’ve been planning this for several years. The gist of the project is that we’re taking our three-season sun room and converting it into year-round livable space. It was a nice room to begin with, but living in Minnesota, a “three-season” room is more of a “maybe one-and-a-half season” room. I’m excited to be able to sit out there comfortably in January, and not sweat my sack off in July.

But damn is it expensive… There’s so much more that we want to do to the house, but I feel like I’m constantly asking Christine to “ease up until we get this thing paid for!”

You’re welcome for the fascinating suburban family-man talk. I’ll try to be back soon with a dissertation on removing popcorn ceiling texture.

-John

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