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I'm Milissa.  Welcome to my blog, where I document our adventures in home-building, travel, food, and life in general. Hope you have a nice stay!

It's goin' down....

It's goin' down....

What a bittersweet day.  I cried. It was so exciting, but also sad. So many memories.  Take a look at the big event:

Creativity credit to Allyiah Gowelly for time-lapse photography and musical soundtrack inspiration.

I remember how excited I was when I bought this house. The first morning after the sellers moved out, I drove over, stopped at Starbucks for a large coffee and newspaper, and I sat on the front steps of my own front porch and drank coffee and read the newspaper. It felt kind of surreal, which seems to be a pattern in this whole project.

Wow, those walls were RED!  I loved them.  But tastes change...

Wow, those walls were RED!  I loved them.  But tastes change...

And then, my friends came over, and we painted the living room red, and one bedroom green, and one bedroom faux finish blue. My dad help me put in porch railing, at just the right height to prop up your feet. And we hung a porch swing.

Some great meals have been created here.

Some great meals have been created here.

Bit by bit, I renovated the inside. I put in a kitchen that I loved, turned a hallway into a walk-in closet, and installed a clawfoot tub perfect for bubble-baths.

 

There were watch-parties for Sopranos, and dinner parties, and crawfish boils. We sat on the porch swing to study when we were working on our MBAs at SMU. There were wedding showers and baby showers and Holiday Linners where we set up folding tables that extended all the way into the living room.  (A "Linner" is an afternoon meal between lunch and dinner; why hasn't that caught on more?)

We had a deck-building party, just like a barn-raising where everyone came with their tool-belt and we built the back deck in a weekend.

I met Sherif, and he moved in, and we combined all of our (very different) styles into one that worked surprisingly well.  Much like the rest of our relationship ;)

Moving In Day

Moving In Day

We got rid of the red walls and toile curtains.  We planted an herb garden in the flower bed and perfected our Mojito recipe.  We bought a Big Green Egg, and Sherif became the Grill Master.  Life was good!

But although the house was filled with great memories, there were some important things missing. Like space, insulation, upgraded plumbing, and a sturdy foundation. There were problems. We needed more room, closet space, and the ability to open and close doors year round.

No more plumbing issues!  No more freezing floors and drafty windows!  No more fighting over one shower!

No more plumbing issues!  No more freezing floors and drafty windows!  No more fighting over one shower!

And so it begins…

No turning back now!

No turning back now!

Have you built a house?  What's your best advice?

We have progress...

We have progress...

Moving Day

Moving Day