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My name is Rachel, and my husband and I are spending the majority of our free time fixing up our old house.

I gained invaluable experience renovating our first home, including how to work with contractors, and how not to ruin a relationship. I will say, remodeling a home, moving cross-country, changing jobs and planning a wedding in 1.5 years was the most emotionally stressful time of my life….so far…I hear kids are a doozy. Our last house was nothing special: a cookie cutter builder home in a 1980’s suburb in northern Colorado Springs. We did a surface renovation: paint, installation of wood floors, baseboards, crown molding, refinishing cabinets, granite, new fixtures (light, sink, doors, and cabinets), exterior paint, and sod. It was just enough to completely change the look of the home, update it and sell it. We listed the home for six months, dropped the price 20k and sold it to a good friend – thank goodness.

This blog is about our current home. A ~1300 sqft Tudor revival  in Ann Arbor, MI. It sits on a street of homes composed of different styles and periods. A craftsman to the right, and farm-house to the left, colonials across the street etc… I love our eclectic neighborhood. I am especially pleased to have found a Tudor! I fell in love with the Tudor style at age 7. My parents moved from a brick colonial to a brick and stucco Tudor when I was in 1st grade. Plaster moldings, wrought iron fixtures, massive doors, arched doorways, and dark wood, for me, are the describing factors of a home.

The process of finding the Tudor was arduous; a zig zag journey full of obstacles and disappointment. It was one of the last homes we looked at during a 1 year search. We ended up searching all over southeastern MI. We decided to focus our search on Ann Arbor, and we settled on an agent who specialized in our desired neighborhood, and we have never looked back!

I struggled with the idea of sacrificing square footage, bathrooms, garage space and yard for proximity to work. I flip-flopped several times. Proximity won. Proximity – meaning a short commute for my husband. Location is more important than square footage I have learned.

So here we are in the midst of renovating our College Hill Tudor. We are working through the obstacles of home ownership in this economy and trying to make the right choices for home investment and what we want and what we can afford. I appreciate constructive criticism and comments. So please, let me know what you think.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2012 4:30 PM

    i read your post about the antique radiator situation. i am getting friction from plumbers regarding my boiler system. i want to update it with a new gas fired boiler, was using an old fuel oil burner. everyone is telling me go to forced air and rip out the old pipe and cast iron radiators.
    do you know of any plumbers willing to work on
    on my house.
    tecumseh, michigan

  2. February 13, 2012 2:16 PM

    Hi, Rachel! I love your blog and am so glad you stopped by mine. I always dreamed of owning a Tudor. There is a neighborhood here in Kansas City that is filled with them, and it’s dreamy. Would love to work together!

  3. Craig permalink
    January 15, 2012 8:18 PM

    Hi — great site. I truley appreciate your hard work and documentation on your house. I, too, own a tudor house similiar to yours. My wife and I are going through the same thing (only we are not as far along in our renovation). I came across your blog doing research and then realized you don’t live that far away — we live in Monroe, MI (about 30 minutes away). Anyway, thank you for the inspiration — we will enjoy following your progress!

    • January 18, 2012 12:08 AM

      Thank’s so much for commenting! It’s good to know someone else is going through the same thing. In MI none the less 🙂 Definitly keep posted – we are shooting for the basement reno to be completed in the next six weeks, followed by rebuilding the flagstone porch this Spring and turing our deck into a three season room this Summer. I appreciate any feedback or questions. I would love to hear about your progress on your home too!

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