June 26, 2008
We’re back from Austin — immediately following a few days in Boulder. I’ll write about the Boulder trip soon, but first up, what were we doing in Austin?
Buying our first house!
The closing couldn’t have gone more smoothly. It took an hour, we got a refund check (because our closing check was estimated too high), and the key for the house had a kitty on it!
We went straight from the closing to the house (of course), and when we got there, this family of deer was waiting in the back yard to welcome us. (The fawns are out of frame.)
We slept in the house that night — just us and the Aero Bed. The next morning, our contractor and his crew arrived to start the renovations. First to go: the wood wall panels in the family room.
That built-in next to the fireplace? The mantle above the fireplace? That old-school brass fireplace frame? That’s all gotta go.
That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
The door to the master bedroom is, inexplicably, off of the kitchen. So let’s move that to the family room. First, Cesar, our contractor, cuts the hole for the new door.
Here’s the view back into the family room from the master bedroom — as seen through the wall that will soon hold the new door.
Next up: demo of the tile floor and carpeting (to be replaced with dark-stained maple wood floors throughout), scraping of the popcorn ceilings, smoothing of all of the walls (which are currently painted with a sharp-textured paint — who thought that textured paint was a good idea? why would I want to scratch my hand just by leaning on a wall?), installation of the surround speakers into the ceiling, and a few other things. When we get there — in just over four weeks — the place will be transformed. But at the end of work day number one, it looked like this…