A love note to the firehouse

Two year ago, on this very day, we celebrated the sweetest Valentine’s Day by writing a huge love note to the firehouse. We closed our loan, launched this blog and said “Firehouse – We looooove you!”


I can’t believe that two years have already passed. And, honestly, we had a hard week. We’re refinancing and the appraisal didn’t come in as high as we believe it should have. (That’s really all I can say about it without this turning into a crazy rant.) For a moment, just a tiny, fleeting moment I thought “Why can’t we do anything “normal” and live in a normal house?”

But, we don’t and outside of that emotionally charged reaction I can’t even see us in anything else. I don’t know where we would be if we hadn’t found this place, just like I don’t know where or who I would be if Aaron hadn’t crossed my path. Both are such pivotal, life-shaping events.

Come what may, I wouldn’t change a thing. This place is absolutely amazing. I just see it… in the spaces we’ve touched… When I look past the clutter and craziness in the spaces we’re getting to. I see it. I see our dream house.

I love you, firehouse. Thanks for always being our Valentine, and happy anniversary. You look better every year.

  1. Happy firehouse anniversary!! So proud of you two and all that you’ve accomplished!

    1. Thanks, Ann!

  2. Happy anniversary! You’ve come so far, no matter what some stupid appraisal says. (Although, I totally, totally feel you.)

    1. Thanks, Kim! We appreciate the love 🙂

  3. Happy Firehouseaversary! I know how much of a pain those “not living in a normal house” setbacks can be, but they all iron out eventually. We had to completely re-do all the HVAC in our place to meet commercial standards, and ended up having the heating make ridiculous zigzags around the Storefront with false walls, and other silly things everywhere. I was furious at the time, but a few years on, and its dropped to a minor annoyance. I know the bank will eventually get their head around you living in a firehouse, and the appraisal will soar. Either that, or you’ll make a killing when you go to sell. Either way, it will pay you back eventually. I promise!

    1. Thanks, Kristen! It’s always great to hear from someone who is also going through the process of creating an awesome home in a non-conventional space 🙂 We are already feeling much better about the appraisal and have a reformed plan that will still give us some great renovated spaces.

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