Hi, my name is Rocky and this is my husband Andy. We recently bought our first house in the Los Angeles area. We have been married over four years and both work full time as engineers. The insanity began with news of the first time home buyer incentive program; If the government was going to give us up to $8000 dollars to buy our first home then we were going to take it. The hard part was finding a home we could afford in the overly inflated California housing market. Luckily browsing housing listings is a hobby of mine, before Andy knew it I was dragging him all over to look at properties!
Before we knew it I had found us the dumpiest (cheapest) house in our area. We are talking navy blue high gloss ceilings and bricks mortared onto interior walls (Pictures to come). We both knew that buying a new house would not fit the bill; firstly because we had been dying to “TRY” renovating, secondly because we could not afford ANYTHING other than a foreclosed fixer upper. 45 days later we picked up our keys and excitedly drove to our “NEW” house. Since both our dads were in construction we thought we had this house renovating thing in the bag. Little did we know that our projected 2 month plan would escalate to 6 months of hardcore renovating (Every weekend and most evenings after work) and double in cost. We tried to do everything as cheap as possible without compromising the quality of our renovations.
At the end of six months our house was finally livable. Sadly, we had to make a tough decision in order to get back on track financially. We decided to stay in our much lower rent apartment and lease the house out for a year. I wish I could tell you that the rental situation worked out to be the perfect solution, but I can’t. Since that chapter is now over in our lives, thank goodness, I try not to dwell on it and instead try to focus on the brighter side: 1. We learned a lot about being landlords, 2. We were able to get out of our credit card debt. 3. We were finally able to MOVE in and enjoy our hard work…
Three months ago we spent two tireless weeks cleaning up the disaster left behind by our tenants. Thanks to our ever supportive family we were able to move into a freshly painted, clean home.
So now that you know the backstory I should probably explain why I am here. Through the ups and downs of renovating we quickly realized that we were meant to do this kind of work. I am not going to pretend that we always enjoyed everything we did; but we both learned a lot and enjoyed working together. It was clear from the beginning that we were both renovation junkies; infected by the “House Pride” disease. We picked everything thing out together and installed most finishes ourselves. Neither one of us have formal training in construction nor interior design, but we managed along the way. Many people think we are Nuts for working so hard on our house all the time. I guess we just love creating new spaces and working with our hands which makes it seem less like work and more like fun.
I wish I would have cataloged our remodel better the first time around. There are hundreds of pictures to sort through and stories to tell. I apologize in advance for the poor picture quality, moving forward we will work hard to catalog all our new projects with great pictures. Now that we are moved in and settling down we are back in “Renovation Mode” ready to tackle the countless projects that lay ahead. Moving from a 500 SF apartment to a 1330 SF house is sort of like moving into a mansion for us. We have plenty of decorating and remodeling to come. Being an avid reader of many home design blogs I decided it was time to get off the bench and start blogging along with the rest of the renovation junkies out there. I need the creative outlet and interaction with other self professed DIYers. So here we are, “The Wall-Nuts”, two people who are crazy about the walls that surround them.