Parker House Revival: an intro of sorts

Well, we did it. We bought a house. Not just any house, we bought a house in the burbs. Our family of six were city people for seven, almost eight, years. But it is time to be back in the suburbs where less shootings happen down the street and where our little guy can ride his bike to the community pool. Technically, in terms of cost, we are downgrading from our smallish ranch style house in the city to a massive (for us) house in the woods. If I could live anywhere in the world I’d choose to live in a vanagon somewhere along the PCH, or in a eco friendly spot in Tulum, Mexico, or a loft in Manhattan. None of those are in the suburbs of Houston, Texas but here is where my people live, and with them is where I most want to be. Side note, dear reader: I expect to travel a lot more and I expect to take some of you with me.

We will not be moving into the new house for weeks. Who wants to wait that long to celebrate? Light some candles, find the rug you just bought at Home Goods, grab Mod Pizza and call it a party! This was Friday just hours after closing.

We will not be moving into the new house for weeks. Who wants to wait that long to celebrate? Light some candles, find the rug you just bought at Home Goods, grab Mod Pizza and call it a party! This was Friday just hours after closing.

To be honest, what is taking us away from city living is two things. One being my longing for nature, for woods. I am moving to a community which master planned to keep the forest alive and live amongst it. This means trails for days. And hey, to know me is to know I love some forest therapy. Two is the cost. It is so much cheaper, CHEAPER!, to live in the suburbs. Or at least the one I am moving to. And I hear they pick up the trash from the backdoor in my cheaper livable wooded suburb. What else do I need to know? Send the moving truck.

When looking at houses we searched high and low. We bid on a dream house and ultimately lost. After we stopped whining about it we found a house that could be a dream. As in we kept saying things like It has tons of potential. And it was in a good price range for us. Sure it would mean tearing up floors and becoming acquainted with Pinterest DIY projects, but what could go wrong? I mean, who hasn’t dreamed of being their own version of Joanna + Chip Gaines?

Last week we closed on our three thousand square foot (yes, there’s room for you) perfectly good 90’s styled suburban house. Already we have ripped up all of the carpet on the first floor and all of the carpet on the second floor as well as the carpet on the staircase. Let’s just say we have committed to the floor project. Our current plan is to revive the concrete on the first floor by taking up the carpet (done), removing the tack strips (done), filling in the holes from said strips (done), sanding or laying a layer of leveling concrete down, and sealing it all up. We don’t have set plans for the upstairs yet. It is currently down to subfloors which are pine diagonal planks. I sort of love them. And I kind of want to keep them. We will see.

Once our floor project is complete and IF is comes out good I will post a separate DIY post. You know, because I am so handy like that.

For now, I am going to post all of the photos and updates here on the ole’ blog because when you take on a big project like a house revival you (or I) want to remember it. I hope to post the good, the bad, the ugly and the… fingers crossed, beautiful. In case you are curious I am going for a sort of minimalist, sort of farm house, sort of natural, sort of french style of house. I have no idea what “my style” is exactly. I buy stuff from thrift stores and I am into concrete floors. If you have a style name for me please share.

Until then.

We closed on a Friday. On Saturday and Sunday we committed to saying farewell to the carpet in the dining room.

We closed on a Friday. On Saturday and Sunday we committed to saying farewell to the carpet in the dining room.

The college kids were home for Easter weekend. So, we did the smartest thing ever. We put them to work. We took the carpet up from the living room and all bedrooms. In truth it was actually a really fun family day. Every single person was pitching in, working crazy hard and having a good time. I love LOVED it. This was weekend number two of Parker House Revival.

The college kids were home for Easter weekend. So, we did the smartest thing ever. We put them to work. We took the carpet up from the living room and all bedrooms. In truth it was actually a really fun family day. Every single person was pitching in, working crazy hard and having a good time. I love LOVED it. This was weekend number two of Parker House Revival.