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Sometimes You Need a Break

There’s a lot of messy, nasty work involved restoring a home to a normal state after its been abandonedĀ for two years. Sometimes you just need a little break from all that yucky work so we took one. Even though this is still work, it’s fun building something new.



After a long wait, the kitchen cabinets arrived from Cabinets To Go. Naturally we were anxious to see what they looked like assembled. So we decided to have a little fun and put one together. Well, actually, I watched, retrieved tools and took a few snaps.

Hand tools only....well, for the most part.

Hand tools only….well, for the most part.

It’s true that putting the cabinets together yourself adds one more thing to the ‘to do’ list, but the money saved is well worth it. Also, the cabinets are all wood, (no fiber board) and they cost less than half what you’d pay in the store.

The sides of the cabinet boxes are plywood, the fronts, drawer boxes and frame are all solid wood. In our case, cherry. Overall, the quality is excellent! Assembly went pretty smoothly and as with all projects of this nature, by the time we get to assembling the last cabinet we’ll have it down to a science.

Ta-da! One down and many more to go.

Ta-da! One down and many more to go.










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The wait is over so we sent the dough.

When buy a house online through an auction site, all the money is generally transferred via wire. The title company gives you all their bank account particulars, you go to your bank, fill out a form and send them the dough.

Immediately after you sign the document, there’s a giant sucking sound when all that money leaves your bank account and makes its way through the Federal Reserve into theirs. In other words, it’s gone. Bah-bye!

At a traditional closing, everyone sits at a table in a nice conference room, documents are signed, certified checks are given and you get the keys. Not when you buy a house online. It doesn’t matter to the seller that you’ve got a minus sign next to a large sum of money on your account ledger. They want you to wait. Yes, more waiting.

Once the funds clear the Federal Reserve and show up in their bankĀ account, the title company sends an e-mail with instructions regarding the lock box on the door as well as the code to get in. They don’t tell you how long this will take, only that it doesn’t happen ‘instantly’.

Well, that giant sucking sound (that was the dough leaving our bank account) happened ‘instantly’ so what do you think we did?


Didn't Al Gore have trouble with a lock box?

Didn’t Al Gore have trouble with a lock box?

No, that isn’t how much we paid for this house.

It’s a movie reference from one of our all time favorites, “Moonstruck”. The scene I’m referring toĀ features Mr. Castorini, Loretta’s father delivering the bad news to a young couple on a bathroom re-do.

Mr. Castorini

It also seemed like a good choice becauseĀ anytime we talk about home renovation around here one of the questions is, “How much will it cost?” and the correct answer is always, “$10,800.”

So that’s the story behind the title of our little blog. Follow along to seeĀ all the work and get ready to be amazed and inspired! We’ve got a great team. I’m not a bragger, but we’re pretty good at what we do. You’ll see.