Our Christmas Card Photo from 2008 - -during this time, we were living the life of renters, which was fun for a while but we were already itching to get our hands on a house.
Russ and I are a "real" couple in our early 30's who have big dreams and a very small budget. We believe that every homeowner has the ability to add significant value to their home while simultaneously enhancing your marriage through home renovations. Whether it be a simple project like changing out the hardware on your cabinets or a more complex project like installing your own floors - - there is something about working on your home together. We think that home projects have the ability to draw you closer together as a couple while also creating a home that you love spending time in AND at the same time adding significant value to your most significant purchase of your life - - your home.
This is Beba - she's our assistant
Me climbing Half-Dome at Yosemite National ParkOn the other hand, we both get restless with monotony and feel useless when we don't have a hammer or paintbrush in hand. I've come to the conslusion that we avoid certainty because it doesn't present enough challenges for our liking. We revel in uncertainty (sometimes to my consternation) and we like that the "unknown" pushes us and helps us to grow stronger. We especially like the "real" tangible changes that we can make to a structure.
Our "pre-trip" before we made the big decision to move to Cali
With the growing DIY (do it yourself) population of people out there, we think many others feel this way too. In particular, we believe many homeowners/handy people are not interested in paying gazillions of dollars on renovations that we all know we can do (if given a little direction), at a fraction of the price that a fancy contractor may quote.
Some people train for marathons, some opt for competitive golf or tennis, but our challenge of choice is a home renovation. We love the possibilities that a “fixer” presents. Also, there is nothing quite as invigorating as a conversation about which type of faucet to use in the bathroom, the grain of wood to use on our floors, or the good deal one of us found on craigslist for a glass shower door or refrigerator. We love the hunt, we love Home Depot and we love the concept that we will reap what we sow!
When we aren't renovating we love hanging out with friends and enjoying good wine (and looking very "Hollywood" with our sunglasses)
We hope you enjoy this blog and we want to hear from you. In our next post, I'll get ya'll updated on how we got to where we are today...owners of the most ambitious "project" to date.
~ Ang and Russ (and Beba too)