Good bye, 2015, and good riddance

There’s an adage that goes, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I generally subscribe to that for blogging. Besides the fact that I doubt you want to come here and read a Debbie Downer tale, I certainly do not want to look back and vividly remember the low times. I’m a glass half full kind of gal.

So it means something when I say, “This year kind of sucked.”

Mainly, we are frustrated by the lack of progress on the things we wanted to tackle at the firehouse. We’ve also hit a LOT of bumps in the road

On top of that, our wedding photography season kept us running like crazy until we escaped for a short trip to London in November. So the last part of the year was a bit of a whirlwind.

To cap it all off (literally), we had to get a new roof.


After London, I continued to Hamburg for a work conference and Aaron flew home to what I imagine was one of the worst nights of his life. In the midst of extremely heavy rain, the leak in the awesome bathroom re-opened and two leaks in our living room sprung up. So he spent the evening watching his hard work in the living room literally crumble.


The good news is we already have a roof company (MLK Construction/St. Louis Roofing Company) that we know and trust. The bad news is that we have to eat Ramen for the entirety of next year. (I kid! … But send wine.)

Unwilling to let the structure of our house crumble, we opted for a full re-covering.

(Photos below from MLK Construction. I don’t need anyone getting the impression that I would willingly climb a 40 ft ladder.)


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In another good bit of news, they were able to start and finish our project within one week of signing the contract.

We are so happy with everything and highly recommend MLK Construction. They do everything you expect from a service provider and things you rarely receive from contractors (respond promptly, provide a range of options, tell you where you need to spend money and what is overkill).

They went above and beyond in so many ways: reinforcing our ceiling hatch (which we have yet to open from the inside), removing the terra cotta caps and waterproofing underneath, working late into the night on Saturday and blowing the crud (and leaves) off of our driveway.

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So that’s it! Not much else can go wrong this year. (RIGHT? We had a slight scare when Ameren showed up last week asking to look at the power pole in our backyard that is SURROUNDED by concrete poured for our patio. Thankfully the pole is not rotting… and we feel like we dodged a bullet.)

2015 is winding down and we are so ready for (even a symbolic) shift to a new year. 2016 – we are coming for you! We have plans!

Thanks, as always, for coming by our little corner of the interwebs. We truly appreciate all the love and support that comes our way as we tackle this crazy dream of ours. We are absolutely giddy to tackle the projects that got delayed (looking at you, downstairs living and dining rooms) and sharing them with you next year. Cheers, friends!

  1. I cannot wait for this year to be over. This rainstorm in STL all weekend is the final straw. We finally had gotten every door weatherproofed and leak free and now a chimney is leaking. I am so done with this neverending job of home ownership this month. Maybe there will be a point in 2016 where I don’t want to run away from my house.

    1. It sounds like we have had similar years. Ugh! Enough with the water! Good luck with your chimney.

  2. Hang in there guys! Running into issues of my own on my firehouse. Had a new roof put on earlier this year. It’s leaking. Right into the man cave! But, getting new hvac today, and retaining walls next week.

    1. Thanks, Brad. It certainly seems to be going around. Yay for new HVAC and retaining walls!!

  3. A. How nice that those guys took pictures for you?
    B. Even nicer that they did such clean work!
    C. 2015 shall be known as the year of the leak. And hopefully Vegas-style rules will apply: what happens in 2015 stays in 2015.
    D. Three cheers for a fresh start in 2016! There’s something so symbolic about shifting one’s perception of the days that follow by simply enumerating the passage of time. That, and the return of the light. Sometimes the darkness of December can really bring you down.

    Welcome, brighter days! Welcome, working infrastructure! Welcome, safe and dry home! With all this positive energy flowing I just know next year will be a good one.

    1. They took a TON of pictures, which is really great. I’m definitely not going up there to inspect their work 🙂
      YES! Changing years is really a symbolic thing, but we are beyond ready. We’re already feeling a lot of positive vibes with the work being done in the alley to remedy the flooding problem in the basement.

  4. Please tell me it was all done before the Great Deluge of 2015! Yikes!

    1. It was! THANKFULLY! Things already seem to be on the upswing and we’re happy about that 🙂

  5. Can’t wait to see what you guys do this year!! I’m so happy we are just renting our home as the basement has been a small lake all winter from this constant rain! We can’t keep anything down there! So ready to be out of this house. The only person enjoying the water is Spanky. I found him sleeping in a puddle the other day…ugh. Ha!

    1. Oh yikes! I’ve decided that water problems in a home are the absolute worst.

  6. Loved this episode of househunters. Just watched it on Netflix and now it has disappeared and when i say disappeared i mean gone. Can’t find it anywhere-it’s like the show expired. I want to show it to my guy as i’m always telling him i want to live in a shed and he just doesn’t get it. Do you have any idea where i could find the video? Totally crazy what you have done with this place! Blue.

    1. Oh! That’s weird. We don’t have any control over which episodes the network adds to Netflix. Perhaps it was time to switch it up and ours didn’t make the cut. I don’t know of any other place that it’s available right now. Sorry!

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