to our home!
We closed on our first home on May 15, 2003. It
was a condo in Ypsilanti, MI. These condos were in such high demand
at the time that ours had already sold once, come back on the
market for a day, we placed an offer and then eight other
interested parties called.
The Kramers had retired there in 1968 and were
there until their deaths at which point we bought the condo from
their children. Although the condo had been really well cared for,
it hadn't undergone any redecorating since the early 1970s. Orange
and green shag carpeting, orange foil wall paper, turquoise wall
paper with mustard yellow flowers, and paneling abounded. The Brady
Bunch would have felt right at home.
We met Wendy's dad at the condo over Memorial Day
weekend in 2003 to start the refurbishing. Randy then came up for a
week by himself to scrape more wallpaper and paint before we moved
in. All in all, Wendy spent about 18 hours per day six to seven
days per week from June until September working on the house. Craig
stepped in when demolition or power tools were required. In fact,
Wendy learned that Craig actually liked to vacuum (even scolding
her for leaving the place a mess)...as long as he could use his new
shop vac. Linda and Randy made many more trips up to Ypsilanti over
that summer and fall to get the place in order. We wish we had
taken before photos to show, but alas...Suffice it to say,
everything you see in these pictures is new, done by us. Randy
and Wendy did most of the painting (Linda helped with the kitchen
cabinets). Wendy sewed all of the curtains and bedding ensembles.
Craig took care of tearing stuff up.
For a virtual tour of our house click on the links below:
Dining room and Stairs