I've zero interest in yardwork in general so I'll be looking into low/zero maintenance shrubbery. I'd love to get rid of all the grass, however the neighborhood I'm moving into is very traditional - small lots but beautiful yards. I'm not sure how well that would go over.I am so happy that the "natural yard" movement is picking up in the PNW. Lots of people are planting native bushes/trees/foliage in front yards instead of lawns. Helps natural fertilizers and are way lower maintenance If I ever own land again, I'm not going to own a single blade of grass if I can help it.
How'd it go?
It wasn’t closing it was just contract signing via docusign so we were at home. My wife insisted on reading it line by line so we sat there and did just that. I had all I could do to stay awake it was so boring.Wait really? Get a lawyer you trust. My closing took 20 mins and we shot the shit for 5 of them. It was a shitload of signatures though.
Thanks, and congrats! We’re installing AC and doing a bit more work before heading in. Want to get as much as possible done beforehand, our rent is far from outrageous, and we’re not going to be fast packers (both working from home, two kids under five, and no nanny, yet—we’re COVID-anal).Congrats man! Winchester is beautiful.
We leveraged our home inspection (which was actually super positive) to shave $5000 off asking/agreed to price. Amended offer signed, P&S to be signed this week, hoping for a mid/late October close. We will have some plumbing work to do on the main drainage stack, but otherwise it's move-in ready.
@TFP and I used to have a Ned for these chores. I texted him when our offer was accepted to set up a schedule for him to come over. I think he thinks I was joking.I confess that I kinda like yard work, especially these days. Gets me outside, gives me time to catch up on my podcasts now that I'm not commuting anymore, and I can pretend that it is contributing to some nebulous concept of improved property value even though we have no plans to move anytime soon. I dunno, I like having projects. Winter is going to be rough.
Recently rented a jackhammer and dug up our ancient, root-busted sidewalk to nowhere (it literally connects only to the bottom of our driveway and then to nothing else, and there are no other sidewalks anywhere nearby). Spent this past weekend filling it in with new soil to meet the level of the rest of the yard. Once it's seeded it will make mowing much less of a PITA—the front edge of the yard leading to the sidewalk has a slope with a several inch drop to the sidewalk itself over a little retaining wall, so I'd have to go all the way around to get to the street-adjacent grass. And one less area I'll need to shovel, so that's nice.
Bad Idea/Mom Jeans?
Booze and anger, mostly.Signed our contract for our house today. Took us 2 hours to read 18 pages of legalese. How do you lawyers do it?
If you don't already have ducts for forced hot air heating, you should consider mini-splits for AC. Installing ducts is a pain and usually will eat up closet space in older houses.Installing central air is a potential future project for us but that’ll be down the line a bit. First up is the aforementioned plumbing, then upgrading electrical service to 200 amps and hopefully removing any old cloth wiring, then extending the beautiful stone driveway into a patio area and adding a nice fire pit.
It’ll be weird to go from 730 square feet to 2100+.
Definitely. Ours was a new build on an old foundation in 2004. My four year old immediately noted the lowish ceilings. She’s spent her whole life in a restored mill rowhouse that’s only about a foot higher everywhere, but she’s absolutely right.One nice thing about old construction is the strangely high ceilings.