Welcome to The Emerging Home Blog. After many projects, big and small, we are slowly but surely seeing the house we bought become our home. The Cape Cod style house was built in 1983 and it tastefully followed the design trends of the 80’s including floral patterned wallpaper, window valances that matched curtains and bedspreads, as well as having a very pink bathroom. We were pleased to learn that things like the mechanical systems, roof, gutters, etc. had been well maintained or replaced so we could focus on bringing everything else into the 21stcentury.
As we go about this transformational process we’ll…
– offer what we’ve learned that worked as well as the efforts that were not so successful
– be honest whether or not we saved money by doing it ourselves
– encourage you to give a project a try…there’s nothing like that feeling of accomplishment!
– recommend you forgive yourself if you start a project and never finish it!
– celebrate with you when you share your completed project with us
Yes, I’ve started many projects after which my focus wandered or my strength failed me and I moved on to more interesting or easier efforts. And of course there are projects that I have no business even starting so, we bring in the pros for kitchens, bathrooms, opening walls, installing beams, etc. Even then we’ll share all that we learned, from choosing the contractor to the final punch list.
And last but not least…just a little about us: My husband and I have corporate marketing careers and actually met at work about 18 years ago. He’s still in the corporate world so I’m the one tackling the house updates. He offers valuable encouragement, hands on involvement as time allows, and is the deciding vote when I can’t make up my mind! The corporate part of my career is currently on hold however my days are as full as ever while I focus on the Mom role to an amazing, very active, soon to be driving teenager and, of course, making our 1983 house a home.
Welcome to our blog. We hope you will enjoy being here.
Jane and Josh
(here are a few “before” photos)