Watch the transformation of an MCR - our mid-century ranch

Watch the transformation of an MCR - our mid-century ranch
Built in 1957 as the model home for the development. 1796 sqft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Excitement is Building

I woke up the other morning really excited about our new house. It simply dawned on me that we now own a house built in the heart of the 50's, something that I have always wanted. So I am excited to get my studio up and running, get our meager possessions into the new house [all in one piece I hope], and dig my teeth into the new place. I have this idea that it will be a bit of a treasure hunt as we discover all sorts of little things that we didn't notice on our initial visit - what are the light switch covers like, where are the wall sockets, how do the rooms 'feel' with our stuff in them. I know that these are things I should have paid attention to a little more closely when we visited but you get overwhelmed by the generality of the experience, feeling the 'wholeness' while noticing random detailing.

I was talking with my friend J the other day about how when people buy a house - the largest purchase/investment a person will buy in their life as the saying goes - they might only spend, what, an hour or two total in the house before buying it? I have spent more time buying $1,000 worth of an individual stock [that I may never purchase] than the amount of time I spent in this house thus far. The house buying process I think really does boil down to the proverbial 'gut reaction' more than any other type of large scale purchase. You simply 'know' that this is it.
Of course you can buy stock at any time - you aren't going to have it bought out from under you, of course you may not get the best price but you can have the equity. A house on the other hand you constantly have the feeling that there is someone else out there, some mysterious figure dressed in Sherlock Holmes-esque clothing wringing his hands trying to manipulate the house out of your hands.

If people have any suggestions about what they think we should do with the place please feel free to leave suggestions in the comment section. A thousand minds working on a project will eventually come up with some good ideas if we get stuck on what we think is best.

Mainly I want to get my studio up an running again. I feel like all the momentum I have built up over the past 5 or 6 years has been sucked away. I guess I have a hard time 'going on vacation.' I am looking forward to a clean start on a new house as well. I will have a two car garage where I can lay out projects and have some room to spread out and work on house projects. I guess I am a 'guy' after all. No man-cave though, I draw the line somewhere.

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