new house

Housewarming

We finally had our housewarming party this weekend! It was nice to be able to celebrate our new place, and fully enjoy it after our old house sold last month.

Friday night some friends came down to visit from Seattle and it was nice to see them and catch up. And it’s great that we have space and an official guest room for people! They brought their two boys, 11 and 6 years old, and Logan was LOVING having playmates! Especially boys to wrestle and chase. 😉

Saturday Michael smoked a brisket all day long. He got up early to do it. I got up early to go to the gym and then prep for the party and hang out with our friends a bit.

There was a ton of food and people brought some really great stuff. Homemade cornbread, salads, collard greens. Lots of treats! So so so much food. And tons of people too! It was cool that our house was full of people (and less cramped like our last place).


People were so sweet, too. Lots of cards and flowers and plants. Our front porch is now full of fall mums that I need to plant. 🙂 The flowers are just gorgeous! Someone even brought us an oak tree!

One friend even brought us fancy meat as a housewarming gift! Waygu flat iron, filet mignon and rib eye! What a cool idea for a gift!

There were tons of kids running around the house all day playing, playing chase and hide and seek and dress up. It was so cool to have tons of kids in the house, happy and playing.

The party went off almost without a hitch. Of course just as the party started there was a downpour, complete with thunder and lightning! I had been hoping people would be able to go in the backyard, too. But that didn’t happen. And due to the weather, the Traeger shut off and delayed the brisket a little. But despite those minor things, we had a great time.

We got to see old friends and new friends and some new neighbors even came by. And our old neighbors came by to see the new place. It was nice to catch up with them.

It was a great weekend. Sunday was much-needed low-key downtime. I went swimming and cleaned the house and did mountains of laundry but other than that, not much! Lots of napping. 😀

Happy Monday!

Roarin’ 20’s

Our new house is a 1925 Bunaglow. But it’s unique because there’s definitely been some updates and remodeling. I really want to find the original house plans and the permits for the remodel. I wonder how do to that. City Hall records maybe? I’d love to see what the floor plan used to be and what it changed to compared to what it is now. I’m assuming there have been a few updates since 1925.

First, one of Michael’s friends has a house almost identical to ours except it’s only the main floor (2 bedroom, one bathroom). Our house was remodeled at some point for the attic to be converted to a second floor. The second floor has the humongous master bedroom/bathroom (bathroom has a jacuzzi tub!), a bedroom (which is Logan’s room right now until he’s a little older then maybe it will be the office), a nook that we are using as a playroom/music room for Michael and a half bath.

(The jacuzzi tub is kind of my favorite part of the new house. As a not tiny person, I’ve never comfortably enjoyed a luxurious bath in small bathtubs, which is the norm for apartments and house built in the 70’s and 80’s so this tub is definitely an upgrade!)

Second, the first part of the house, the living room and hallways, are the original part of the house for sure. They are lath and plaster walls. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically skinny wood and plaster instead of drywall, here are some examples:

That’s how old house in that time period were built. Then drywall became the norm. I’m not sure why they didn’t remodel the living room and hallway because they definitely remodeled the bathroom, bedroom (which we are using as a guestroom) and the room we are using as an office on the mainfloor. Those rooms aren’t lath and plaster, they are drywall.

But they did keep some of the cool features of the original house, besides the plaster walls in the living room. They kept this:

I’m guessing it works still. It’s kinda cool! Also, the bathrooms have these old lights:

I’m not sure if they are replicas or original to the house but they are cool. The bathroom on the mainfloor also has built in cabinets/shelving, which I love. I love built-in everything!

Plus the windows in the front living room are original. Meaning actually original to the 1920’s. Which aesthetically is amazing but economically and energy-wise not so much. They are still on a pulley-system. Which is kind of scary when you have a toddler. It would be easy to smash fingers. We have to be extra careful. Apparently they stopped making the windows that way after the 1950’s.

We will see how cold and drafty these old windows are this winter!! I know that there are specialty window people that can upgrade your windows so that they are double paned and energy efficient but still look like the time period. I just need to research it, and I’m sure it’s pretty expensive!

I want to show pictures of the finished house but we are still unpacking a few things and getting organized. We haven’t really hung any of our art yet and are still figuring out where stuff goes. But most of the major stuff it done.

Finally, one of my favorite things in the old house: the original doorknobs.

How awesome are those? 🙂 So those are some of the details in our old new house.