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Old 08-15-14, 09:00 AM   #1
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Home Ownership: 1 year down, 14 more to go.

Time sure does fly. Today is the 1 year anniversary of my wife and I closing on out house. We're still working on improvements, but are very happy with the shape that it's in. At the rate we're going, we should have it exactly the way we want it about the time we have it paid off.
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And sell it for a bigger one.
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Or want a smaller one after the kids move out.
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And sell it for a bigger one.
It's ~2500 sq feet, 2 br, 2 bath, an office/spare room, utility room with separate bike storage, has 2 large living areas, 2-car garage, & a large back yard. No way we're going to want bigger.

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Or want a smaller one after the kids move out.
We have no children, and are having no children. We do have 4 cats, though.
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Is the backyard big enough for some Green & Gold goalposts?
You could invite JJ over for for a BBQ.
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It's ~2500 sq feet, 2 br, 2 bath, an office/spare room, utility room with separate bike storage, has 2 large living areas, 2-car garage, & a large back yard. No way we're going to want bigger.


We have no children, and are having no children. We do have 4 cats, though.
I was joking around. As soon as I finished my first house, we sold it and moved into a bigger house because of kids. I have a cousin, no kids, started out in 2500sq.......now lives in 7000sq.


Oh...wish you many years of happiness there.
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Started late 1 year into my 1st house ,, bought at 60% of it's market value, with 15 years of saved $ .. no mortgage ..

its small but previous Owner did major renovations from 3 what must have been tiny bedrooms into a 1-brm bungalow..
A river view , short bike distance to my favorite Bar..
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congratulations, you are no longer newlyweds or whatever ... hahaha Best of luck!
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15 years will fly in no time. I got done paying off my 15 yr mortgage about 8 yrs ago. That was a huge relief. Now, I'm thinking small as I've always been attracted to small spaces. 3,000+ sq/ft house is just too big for just my wife and I. She likes it because she can store her shoes everywhere.
Lately I've been watching a lot of tiny house videos on U Tube.
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Yeah, this place is bigger than I'd have initially wanted in a house, but it seems to be working for us. We still have two rooms with no furniture in them due to having moved from our tiny (~800sq ft) duplex.

The cats love all of the open space, too. One of my projects is to catify the place. We want to put shelving along the upper windows in our bedroom, then have a "shelf ladder" for the cats to get up and down, thus allowing them to be able to get up high and look out on the back yard at all of the birds & squirrels. I plan on extending the shelving along the upper part of the wall to the hallway, then cut a cat door through the wall into the hallway, where we'll have shelving for them to travel to the other end of the hall, where there will be another cut through for them to pass through the faux ceiling into living room #2 . Then it's more shelving around the walls to the windows at the front atrium, and more shelf ladders for them to get up and down. Eventually I'd like to build a screened in portion of the back patio for them to be able to go outside, without actually being outside.

We have so many other plans that I could spend all afternoon listing them.
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One of my projects is to catify the place.
Maybe you've already done this but search the net and you can find lots of examples where people have done this kind of thing to their houses. I had to tell my wife no or she would be dreaming up something like this.

We are just short of our one year anniversary in our new house, but this is my third house for a total of about 34 years of home ownership. My wife is continually dreaming up new projects for me to do around here, but nothing like what you face.
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