7.31.2014

I Guess This Means It's Official


Well, there she is friends--a teeny glimpse at the place we will now be calling home. I figured I should give you a little more detail on the current situation of the home and how we aren't living there yet and blah blah blah. Long story short, we wanted a house on the water. A place where we could have a boat in the backyard, canoes to wake up to on Sunday morning, and jet skis that can release my inner speed demon. We looked at several houses over the past few months but weren't having any luck finding one that we knew we would be happy to call home. A month [or what feels like forever] ago we found this one up above, located on a local river which spans 206 miles [I like it long, what can I say]. And while we deemed her "the one" we also deemed her "the one we are going to change every square inch of". Besides the color of one fireplace [it's currently a grey brick and I'm pretty smitten by it], I am pretty confident every other single thing will be changing. The floors, the walls, heck even the ceiling [hellllllloooo painted wood planks] are going to be Schrader-ized. With that being said, we won't be moving in for another month or two.

So what do you do with a house that you are about to change everything to? Well, you invite all of your friends and family over for a party. You bust out the markers for the kids to draw all over the walls that are being knocked down [or for the adults who like to draw human private parts...], you consume copious amounts of wine and/or captain, you eat cheese upon cheese [because duh], and you enjoy your first and last day in your new "as-is" house.


I am so excited for this venture of ours and can't wait to share it with you as we go. A few of you have requested pictures of the house however, just know they are coming. I will be doing full before and after reports on every room as we finish, just give me a few weeks for the first one. I have a lot of work to watch my husband do in the meantime ;)


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43 comments:

  1. Congrats!!!! How exciting!! And what a great idea to let people/kids "decorate" the walls. I am excited for the renovation pics to come....

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  2. Congratulations! I think that's such a fun idea, having the kids go crazy drawing on the walls. And you're also so smart for renovating & then moving in. We foolishly decided to move in & worry about changes later. Much harder when you have all your crap in the way

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  3. I can't wait to see your renovations!!! It's going to be like the best HGTV episode ever!!!

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  4. I can't wait to see what you do to it. In the mean time, how much fun to have an informal first party at your place!

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  5. Congratulations! I can't wait to see the transformation! We also renovated out whole house, the only thing original are the outside walls! It was 16 weeks of work (aka hell) by our families but now it's "us". Good luck!

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  6. amazing, welcome to your new home party idea. Good luck with watching the man renovate I know that can be exhausting so make sure you have plenty of wine on hand to help you through this tough time. Congrats on the house

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  7. Absolutely brilliant trick to keep the kiddos busy, safe and from underfoot so you can prep! Love this idea!

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  8. Oh my goodness, how exciting!

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  9. This is exciting! Congrats! We've been having moments of wanting to sell our house and find a place to redo as our own (my husband is an architect and has the itch to design his own place). I also want to be on the water, but that comes with a hefty price in Baltimore, so we had moments of thinking we should move back to the Goshen area and we're looking at houses similar to the one you guys bought. Probably not realistic right now, but it's fun to dream. I enjoy watching house transformations, so I'm excited to see what you do with the place! :)

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  10. Congrats, Erin!! I absolutely love it! We just purchased our house for the exact same reason! We wanted to be on the water. I am so excited for all the new memories you and Shawn will make in this new home. And, I can't wait to see the before and afters. I might be taking a hint from you two - as I am in decorating hell over here. I can't make up my mind on anything! LOL. When we first bought our house we had friends and family over and we had absolutely no furniture - not even to sit - and copious amounts of alcohol were also consumed. But hell, they're amazing memories before it's really even a home - and that is priceless. Super excited for you!! oxox, Amanda

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  11. ohh yes....changing takes time. We just bought our first place and while we are keeping much intact, many little things quickly become big things!

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  12. What an awesome idea. Looks like fun...who doesn't enjoy drawing on the walls and not get yelled at?! Can't wait to see the before and after pictures.

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  13. Awww! Houses on the water are perfection. You get the best of both worlds! Congratulations on your new purchase and I can't wait to see how you guys Schrader-ize your new home! So exciting :) xo

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  14. Yay, how fun Erin!!! Can't wait to see progress pics! I'm such a sucker for a before and after piece :-)

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  15. CONGRATS friend, such an exciting time ahead - and so jealous of you living on the water x

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  16. Ahh! How exciting!! I won't say "fun" because let's be real... the "fun" comes to a hault real quick & only begins again once you're decorating & moved it! But, what a rewarding process it is - making it your own! Can't wait to hear more about this adventure & what all y'all are doing!

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  17. Yayy!! So excited for you!! I am a total DIY addict so I can't wait to see the house progress!!

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  18. How fun!!! Such a great idea for a party before demo!

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  19. This is the greatest housewarming slash housewrecking party ever. I was just thinking about how we HAVE to do this when we move this winter... then I realized we are buying new construction - SO! That idea is out. :)

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  20. what an awesome idea! so excited for y'all!! congrats!

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  21. Super exciting! Congratulations!

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  22. SUCH a good idea! Who doesn't want to draw on walls?! Congratulations - can't wait for the before and after posts :)

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  23. Congrats and that's a great idea with the markers! Look forward to seeing what you do int he home.
    xoxo
    Allison over at http://allisons-eye.com/

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  24. Congrats!! I can't wait to see the finished product! Living on the water is at the top of my list. I'm sure you'll wake up happy everyday once y'all move in!

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  25. CONGRATS! Love the idea of letting the kids (& grown ups) draw on the walls!! :)

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  26. Congrats!! So exciting!!! Being on a river, is it a river you can have boats and canoes on? If so....very very awesome!!! :) Can't wait to see all your before's and after's.

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  27. Congratulations! What a cute idea to have a party before the demolition..love that!

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  28. This is such a cute idea, but you better keep great track of the markers after you have the walls painted! I'm so excited and happy for you. You're were I'd like to be but we just haven't found the perfect house yet.

    Mana
    Fashion And Happy Things

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  29. How exciting!! I would love to live on the water!! Can't wait to see all the pictures.

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  30. Congratulations!! How exciting to get to make the house your own:) Can't wait to see the progress, and I'm sure it will turn out beautiful!

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  31. So exciting so this is on the river? That is AMAZING. I LOVE it! Can't wait to see what you do to it!

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  32. That's awesome, congrats on the new place! In high school, a friend's parents were about to gut/re-do their entire basement and they all of us come over and draw all over the walls- it was entirely too fun ;)

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  33. My parents always used to let us color on the walls before we painted, and I absolutely loved it! Congrats on the new house! :)

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  34. And then when the kids go home and try to practice what they learned on the walls in their own house... Joy!
    Regardless, I love the idea. Congratulations and all the best in your new home.

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  35. Congratulations!!! This reno will be so fun for you to share with us, right?! :) I love reading renovation posts!!

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  36. Congratulations!! You have to share your renovation details with us…it will make for great blog posts:) Have a good weekend!

    xo, Taylor

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  37. Congrats friend! Can't wait to watch the progress!

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  38. I think this is officially the best party idea I've ever seen!

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  39. Eeeeek! This is so exciting!! Here's to happy moving/remodeling/demolishin-ing!!

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  40. That seems like the best idea for an 'as is' house! Congrats y'all!

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  41. Haha that sounds like the best way to break in an 'as is' house! Congrats y'all!

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  42. SO EXCITING! It would be awesome to wake up everyday to a river or lake in the backyard :)

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)