Number One

18 Aug

First Post!  Get excited.

Our leases were up in June so we decided we should start looking for a place of our own. The search was centered around the neighborhoods of Canton and Fells Point in downtown Baltimore.  The requirements were: two bedrooms, one bathroom, some outdoor space, and some updated features.  Since a lot of rowhouses in Baltimore have been updated, we thought – no problem!  Exciting, right?  Well, it was, but then we realized everything we liked was out of our price range and we weren’t willing to shell out too much money for a rental and buying wasn’t really an option.  Todd had thrown around the idea of renting a house owned by a friend.  It was two bedrooms, one bath, had a huge outdoor space in the back and was located in the area we liked.  Sold.  The only problem – it was in the process of being completely rehabbed and wouldn’t be finished in time for our June 1 move in date.  We were able to work with our old leases and ultimately decided that moving into the “in the process of being rehabbed” house would be our best (and most fun) option.  We knew that it wouldn’t be completed but it would be at least “liveable” and we would get to help pick out some of the aesthetic features as the house was being completed.  That meant choosing counter tops, cabinetry, hardware, and paint colors.  Say what? I’m down with that.  We moved in mid-July.

Since then we have worked on a ton of projects and while it’s been stressful and I think I’ve turned into quite possibly the craziest version of myself, we’ve had fun. Here are some before pictures of the house – about a month before we moved in.

Front of the House


Guest Room

Master Bedroom


The "Backyard"

Here's one of us!

So there you have it!  All of the before pictures.  Except that last one.  That’s not a before picture – we plan on staying pretty much the same, just a little more…creative?

Stay tuned for the afters.  We’ll have a bunch.


3 Responses to “Number One”

  1. Joe August 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Please, please, please tell me you saved the canary yellow range!!

  2. Leslie August 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    Ah we did not! Wasn’t it a beauty?

  3. Todd S August 24, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Joe – If I pull it out of the dump, will you trade us for your range? Now that’s a beauty.

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