The House that Built Me

"Home is not where you live, but where they understand you..." -Christian Morganstern

...and where you learn to understand yourself.

In September of 2011, after a series of unfortunate events, I came to the decision to leave my childhood home, which I had been renting with the anticipation of buying. I was struggling with the idea of not being able to purchase the home, even though it was very clear it wasn't going to work out. During the escapade, a friend offered to let me live in her mini home. It seemed like a perfect solution, and therefore meant to be.

I took the plunge and signed a rent-to-own contract for the home. After living there a short while, we discovered the home needed more work than any of us imagined, but what home doesn't? I still felt good about my decision. 

Sometimes things are pretty tight. I may not always get to do everything I want to, go where I want to, buy what I want to - And, get ahead, what the 'h' is that? But, it's all for something and that's how I still feel good about it. I'm fixing one thing at a time and slowly but surely, I'm getting there.

While, I will not say this is necessarily unfinished business, it is something that is continuously in progress. While this house creates its character, I am creating mine...I've changed and grown so much in these past few years, and I can't help but give credit to experiences like this. Each project brings me new understanding and appreciation. Every thing I paint, everything I tear down, every bill I receive...It's all creating a piece of me. While it may not be much, it's mine...and it's making me who I am, who I've always wanted to be...

1989 Prestige Mini Home
Our very first visit! 

 Living Room

 Guest Bathroom

  Guest Bedroom


 Laundry Room/Back Entryway

 Master Bedroom

 Master Bathroom

 Front & Back Yard


March 2013
Since the first room you walk into is the living room, we decided to start there. Eventually, we will do a bigger overhaul with new flooring and new trim. But for now, with the money and resources that we have - we feel a bit more at home in this space.

Remember the before?


September 2013
New roof - very expensive, yet badly needed.

 Before - Brown, shingled roof. 

 After - Black, metal roof. 

January 2014 
A breakfast/storage bar is born...We decided we did not like the wall that separated the dining room and living room. We thought we could create a better open concept by tearing it down. Since this is a smaller house, I was in need of some storage and this is how I developed the idea of the breakfast/storage bar.

 Living room wall before and after demo. 

 Office storage on one side, books on the other. 

 We went dark on the bar top to give it more depth. 

After - breakfast/storage bar, striped dining room wall, new floors and décor. 

October 2014 
A desperately needed new shed - Pics coming soon!

January 2015
New door! Finally! 
 Still needs trim - but it's installed.
No more snow blowing through the door! 

In case you can't see, she's dangling the keys - thinks she's funny! 

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