Some info. It's my Papaw's basement turned into an apartment. It's an apartment without all of the horrible apartment things we were afraid of in regards to moving into an apartment (awful neighbors, noise, terrible landlord, etc)
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It's a cute little apartment that needs a lot of work so I'll probably been spending the next few Saturdays there working, painting, cleaning, etc. During the following few weeks we'll be going through our stuff to downsize and start packing for the move. I think we're going to rent a Uhaul on Saturday the 26th and try to recruit help. We'll provide pizza for anyone interested in helping us load and unload the truck ;)
This month is going to be CRAZY. We also have a birthday party tonight so I won't be able to work on it, and we've got a party next Saturday night. I have two songs I have to learn on piano in the next two and a half weeks for a last minute wedding gig. I think I'm going to try to give my piano away after the 19th. I need it until then so I can practice for the wedding. If you know anyone who wants it (needs work) let me know. They have to provide help and transportation, though (probably 5 or 6 people).
So, cons of the move:
- Not as many windows...3 total.
- Lighting needs improvement, but so does our current house. (My dad added some lights which improved it vastly...still needs more lighting, though)
- Kitchen is small. We're discussing ways to make it useful. There isn't really a dining area so I'm thinking we can make a fold up table that locks against the wall. See #23: http://crazyfood.net/the-
27-lifehacks-for-your-tiny- kitchen/ There's a hallway by the kitchen that we are going to add utility shelving to for storage. We are also thinking of getting a kitchen cart as a portable cutting board type of thing. I can also get one of those cutting boards you put over the sink.
-There's no washer/dryer hookup. However, I can use my Papaw's. His washer is in the back of his house by his old bedroom away from everything so we won't disturb him by doing laundry. There is also a stair case next to our entrance and a door by his washer and dryer so I don't have far to travel. It's like the old days where you built your wash room separate from the rest of the house!
- We'll have to run a dehumidifier all the time since it is a basement and there isn't proper ventilation with only three small windows, but that's okay. I like to have some sort of steady noise in the background. This should help with the amount of flour it takes me to make bread also ;)
I think that's really the only major cons. My dad pulling up the carpet and is fixing the plumbing because the toilet flooded and molded the carpet and sheet rock. He mentioned a cover rug, but we're going to ask if we can acid wash it. https://www.google.com/
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All of the construction is new so once we paint it, it should look really nice in there! My uncle's family lived there before. They left a ton of stuff behind that we have to clear out and there are drawings ALL OVER the walls. It's awful.
- There are still two bedrooms so we can maintain our current setup relatively easily. The master bedroom is really big. The master bedroom is down the hallway away from the main living area of the house so that's nice. Right now our bedroom meets up with the kitchen, living room, and the bathroom. It's so noisy! You have people rummaging in the kitchen, people using the bathroom, cats eating food or scratching in the litter box, and if I have a migraine it's hard to rest when we have company because of the living area. We'll actually be able to afford a new bed soonish with the money we'll be saving so maybe my quality of sleep will improve overall :D
- We'll have a fenced in yard so Melody can run around. AND my uncle built the fence with it partly under ground so I don't have to worry about Melody digging under the fencing. How convenient?!
- We can swim/use the hot tub any time we want because my dad lives across the driveway.
- I'll live in the tree streets again so I can ride my bike whenever I want and not worry about getting run over/followed by creepers. This also means I can wear down Melody's energy when walking just doesn't cut it...because walking NEVER cuts it.
- We'll be right in the middle of our family. My in laws on Ryan's Dad's side and his youngest sister live across the street and a few houses down now so we'll have access to my dad and Ryan's dad. No more travelling to see the parents! This also means my little sister can help keep Melody occupied :P Last week she said "Nana, I wish you lived with us" and my heart melted. I hugged her back and said "You have NO idea how close we'll be soon". Then she drove me crazy. She kept pressuring me to let her walk the dog (which she had previously done AND dropped the leash and let her go). I told her it wasn't polite to pressure me and bully me into doing what she wants.
- Our rent and utilities total will go from almost $900/mo to $450, electric and water included. We'll only be paying separately for our internet which just went down because Charter is having a new promotion. Wee!
- Because of the money saving I can afford to eat how I need to instead of settling on garbage. I'm not sure if you've read my previous blog post, but it discusses a lot of the problems. I'm horrible at dieting, have no will power, and struggle mentally with all of it. I will now have the resources available to help me succeed. I am SO excited!! And I finally talked to Ryan about my struggles so he's been really helpful in trying to motivate me to keep active and make smart choices while I'm at home :)
- The floors are concrete. No more creaking wood floor! Also, because they are concrete (2 ft of foundation under us), my dad is confident that we should be well insulated in regards to heating/cooling. Concrete floors also mean I can play DDR without it shaking shelves and knocking things over.
- I'll be 10 minutes closer to my mom which will be lovely. I can walk Melody down to the Johnson City center to see her on my days off :D
- Moving into a smaller place is forcing us to go through our stuff which is MUCH needed. I'm excited and on a roll!
Though there are some cons, but the pros FAR outweigh them. And it's only temporary (in regards to dealing with the tiny kitchen). It's not where we're ultimately settling. We're much looking forward to being close to family and being back in the tree streets. And my Papaw is "tickled" (according to my dad) that we don't smoke.
I took Melody out for a bike ride today. She did really well to watch for the tires while turning. She loved it. She really has some pulling power! I should hook a sled harness to her and put her in front of the bike to pull me up hills ;)
The piano statement still stands. If you know anyone who wants my piano (it needs to be tuned and some restoration) let me know! I'm trying to find a home for it after the 19th. They have to provide transportation and moving hands, though. It's a tight squeeze through the front door so a pulley, lift, or something is recommended as I don't think just man power will be enough.
I suppose that's all I have for the moment!