For those who may not remember SisterT's story of HUGE DEBT REMOVAL, we were in over 30K in debt with a very small income and another house...to see...in another state... and NEEDED a home, HERE in our new community...Certainly this was not the worst, but definitely NOT the best decision we're ever made either...
MY Frugal HISTORY if you wanna know!
But let me say on TOP of that..God and our precious church family have been sooo good to us...Within short order (almost 4 mos or so...) several of the men including my hub and my children at times~WORKED LIKE DOGS to haul out filthy carpet and flooring (yes, all the flooring HAD to be removed) as well as fallen ceilings repaired, kitchen gutted...oh my!...NIGHTMARE does not describe this house..except again...POTENTIAL...
This is a 2250 sq ft home. It is two story with a full basement...it's totally a cool thing in terms of what it has and will have...it has RIGHT NOW~5 bedrooms and two baths, living room, dinning room, kitchen, mudroom, school area...a bath up and down~we thought this was essential!! PLUS a 3 car garage! OH YES!! Soo while cosmetically my house was so bad, it had everything we need and want...well, maybe a pool (indoor) in the yard with an attached garage would BE sooo sooo nice! LOL...but overall, it was/is a comfortable home...and so THE REMODEL began...
FaceBook link to the front of the house remodel ;-))
FaceBook link to our house decorated LAST YEAR for Christmas!
And NOW I need to look at the front yard, b/c our dear friend with his tractor removed not only the broken hazardly stairs, he removed the hills of dirt on each side of them to make our yard level with the sidewalk...wow! NOW, we need to reseed and finish off the sidewalk...sooo what does a thrifty gal do?? Buy the supplies?? We've had to buy plenty, I honestly can't justify about $50 for bricks to line that sidewalk..so SisterT has looked on FreeCycle a yahoo groups group...and guess WHA?? within about 5 min I've gotten a reply...a small community near me has town down an old school~oh yes! BRICK old school and they are giving away the bricks!! What a blessing!! I'm going to GO and recycle old antique brick for my old antique home...HOW COOL IS THIS?? And savings? Yes. I saved my money, but I also saved brick out the landfill...oh yes, we did...and sooo I will also prob get a few extra to line a flowerbed or two..oh yes, I will!!
Did you know about FreeCycle? It's national~a group of ppl concerned with recycling all kinds of STUFF...Just go to Yahoo.com and search yahoo grops for FREECYCLE in your area...most likely someone is already being eco-financial conscious! woohoo!
Here's those pics:
|our house BEFORE...|
|Today...and see that sidewalk?? BRICKS coming to line each side!! WOOT!|
THOUGHT: It's an old house anyway...and WILL NEW materials add to the look or AM I trying to remake this house into a new look? This is an essential question, but some stuff like paneled doors are classic and will not matter...You decide...
And share what you are working on at your place!