Thursday, February 10, 2011

the back story...

A little back story on our home: We bought it in December of 2006. It is on a quarter of an acre…actually slightly less than a quarter of an acre. It actually is a pretty nice little piece of property, of course that was until I found out this past summer that the sewer lines run directly through my property, literally a diagonal line splitting my yard into two not so usable spaces. It is usable land, it will just take some work as the best place for a garden was right over the sewer lines. We bought the house as a duplex, but have been able to rent space in our home as a studio apartment, and then currently as a duplex with the four of us downstairs, and a family of 5 upstairs. Needless to say we are a little cramped.

I think that if I were a more patient person, having renters would be perfect, but I don’t so much like having people walking above me all hours of the night, especially with a 2 year old and a 6 month old. But, it is allowing us some extra money, and that is what I have to keep reminding myself! We are both outgrowing our spaces though, so either they will buy our house, or we will move back into the rest of the house for the first time ever.

Our house is kind of large at 2200 sf, with an opportunity to expand into the attic and create two more rooms. Unfortunately, that is not the small, energy efficient home that I now want, but it is what we have currently. I do go back and forth between wanting a really small home, and wanting to have all the extra space. I think the reason I constantly think about this is because we do own land the next town over, on which we would build a relatively small, energy efficient home. But, until we sell this house, that won’t happen. And really, I have two babies. I cannot continue trying to sell my house and take care of the babies. Some people would be highly successful at this, I realize, I am not one of those people. In fact, I am barely hanging on at the moment!

It is a bit of an odd time to start a new blog talking about making this house what we want. It is February…in Maine. Not a whole lot of outdoor work can be accomplished. And we have our tenants here at least until the end of June, so we won’t be doing many improvements to the interior of the house until they leave. And if they decide to buy the house this summer, well I may end up making a new blog about building a small house on the land. In the meantime, I am going to talk about what I am trying to do to be as self sufficient as possible, and what I hope to do as the weather gets warmer outside.

I hope that people are interested in reading all the goings on of my life, I know that I enjoy lurking on others blogs that write about their own life. If not, it will at least serve as a nice little journal for me to document our progress!

1 comment:

  1. You're back! ;) Will have to catch up on your posts soon---glad to see you blogging again :)


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