Monday, November 28, 2011

Usually when I decide to throw sobriety to the wind and make impulsive purchases, it's just golf carts and ducklings.


I don't know whether to cry, or jump up and down with glee. 

I was actually sober when I signed my name. I'm thinking about getting falling-down-drunk now, so I can match my new shack.
 My dad took one look at this place and agreed that it needed to be torn down ASAP.

I'm not crazy. I bought it for the lot. It's a teensy lot, and I could only fit a tiny house on it:

Whidbey Front View
But that just meant that it sat there waiting for me, until it was affordable.
I really like the idea of building a new house using the material from an old house:
This house was built in the 30's, and it has an original claw foot tub, sinks, and a 1940's fridge that I want to restore.

Of course, I can't get to it yet since the roof is caving in.  But maybe next weekend.
I'm telling myself that I bought this place for them. They are in love with the ocean.
I know you can't tell from the pictures, but this shack is actually in a nice spot. It's not beach front, but it's walking distance... or flaming-golf-cart-distance. HOLLA.

If you can believe it, just 2 weeks prior to making an offer on this property, I had decided that the sensible thing to do (given the imminent collapse of the U.S/world economy) was to start paying off my mortgage.

BUCK WILD impulse, anyone?

 (Also: I finished Debbie's kitchen remodel and those pictures are coming up next!)
Posted by Katy On 9:07 AM 8 comments


  1. I think building a house out of old house material is a wonderful idea! I want to build my studio using old barn wood and whatever I can find someday! I cant wait to see what you do when you do it!

  2. Major project. I can't wait to see what you do . Hugs, Marty

  3. OMG congrats. I would totally love to do this, yay on it being affordable! you always have time to pay off the mortgage right??? haha

    I didn't see Susan on T-giving but i'll see her soon and tell her you said hey!


  4. It's decisions like this that make me wish we lived closer and could be BFFs in real life. I love your little disaster and cannot wait to see what a beautiful place you turn it into for you and those little monkeys. So much hard work and love will go into it - it will be perfect!

  5. Ohhh, you go girlfriend! I have always wanted to do something like this but my husband would have a cow! LOL! But if I was single, I would do it in a heartbeat... please do keep us posted about this, I am so dying in how this will turn out. Rootin' for ya! :)

  6. Oooohhh Ms Katy, I just LOVE your "can do" spirit, and your devotion to your beautiful kidlets...will check back to see what amazing things you do with your new gem! CONGRATS!!

  7. Total awesomeness, Katy. If I didn't have all these kids in college, I'd go halfsies with you.

  8. You lucky girl!! I woulda bought it just for the fixtures and furniture!! Being close to the beach is just icing. I know it will be beautiful when you get it rebuilt.


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