We’ve been in the new house since December 23rd nearly five months and I thought maybe it would take a year or so before I really got a feel for what we needed to change or add space-wise. As it turns out that in five short months, I have learned the house has spoken, more like shouted what it needs from the top of its lungs.
Here is a list of our more pressing issues:
1. A new refrigerator. We inherited a built-in Sub Zero circa 1968. It is paneled and tucked very nicely into the space. Problem is that it really does not work. It’s been coaxed to cool by a reliable service tech 3x now and nearly every part has been replaced at this point but still it has its own agenda and that agenda is to get up to 85 degrees one day and down to -3 the next.
And, here’s the fridge back when it wasn’t running at all. We were so relieved when it did start up that the wild temperature changes did not seem so bad – well until you think about food safety.
Still, I guess our old fridge is probably still a better bet than this fridge I found in a real estate listing. Yes, for real.
Wonder if that ice maker works?
So, the million dollar question – why don’t we just buy a new fridge? Well, soonish we are planning on adding a new kitchen and the refrigerator we want and the refrigerator we would have to buy to fit into the existing space are not the same. Trying to avoid buying a garage fridge because quite honestly we are not going to need one. We did the next best thing and bought a college fridge to store our meats and medications. We live in a university town afterall! It is on proud display in our dining room because that is the only outlet near the kitchen that doesn’t spark and get bossy. It is starting to look normal . . . to us.
2. A yard. The kids play in our side yard which is fine but a backyard would be nice. Right now it is a tangle of all sorts of perennial weeds that are about to flower and spew their seeds such that I will need to carry Round Up with me forever more. I have learned that landscapers do not like to work in the winter and then are too busy in the spring, so this project has been postponed far longer than I would have liked. Tomorrow I get the last quote and then hopefully the machines will move in to till and shred and maybe even sod.
3. A Kitchen. Sometimes water leaks out from under the sink and other days it is dry as a bone. No rhyme. No reason. Our fake wood floor has puckered from the mysterious water. I try not to think too hard about this. The kitchen brings me back to my apartment days. It is a kitchen best suited for one person who has an unusually large number of desk items to be stored. The ample pencil storage makes up somewhat for the lack of natural light and jalousie windows. I am not a fan of this kitchen and it recently dawned on me that when construction begins this kitchen will be our temporary kitchen -not getting rid of this baby for awhile!
4. First-floor Powder Room. It is miniscule, yellow and a radiator takes up 3/4 of the room. The location is odd especially when there are contractors in and out of your back door. The bathroom door opens right into the back door so it is very possible to have a door collision, never mind there is zero privacy. None.
5. Stairway to Hell. Really I should say the Stairway from Hell. We went through our first winter in the house and the front steps are north facing and collect ice like its life depended on it. Our mailman did not deliver our mail for the greater part of the winter. No matter how well I de-iced, chipped, scraped, chiseled that ice those stairs were still too intimidating apparently. The lack of a railing certainly doesn’t help as truly you risk your well-being trying to ascend and descend these in the winter months. The crumbling brick and mortar are the icing on the cake.
Perennials and patios have been on my mind so stay tuned for some of my favorites.