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.

This.

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

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!

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

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  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!

    eileen
    www.acreativedayblog.com

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  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!

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  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! :)

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  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!!

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

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  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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