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February 5, 2013 / JustinKays Porter


Sorry for the lag in blog posts… Justin and I have been home from Argentina for about two weeks, and we have so much to report back on! Since we’ve returned home from our wonderful trip, we’ve officially become homeowners and I’ve landed a new, awesome job. Needless to say, we’ve been too busy to write anything!

I’ll start with the house. We started negotiations to buy our home in early November, and for us the process was far from typical. The important thing to remember is that the house is ours, and it has a lot of potential… so don’t jude too quickly when you see the “before” pictures! Because we bought the house “as is”, the first project was to remove the existing furniture. It’s kind of fun to see the house exactly as it was when we bought it, because it’s really come a long way. Take particular notice of the navy blue carpet, the incessant amount of shelving, and the odd shades of paint… lovely…


The living room, seen from the kitchen


The kitchen and hallway, seen from the front door. There are three bedroom and one bathroom off the hallway. Notice the florescent lights in the kitchen…


Bedroom #1, with lots and lots of built in shelving


Another angle of bedroom #1, with more shelving


Bedroom #2


Bedroom #3


Tiny, awkward bathroom off bedroom #3


The main bathroom, off the hallway. Such beautiful tile… and wooden toilet….


The kitchen, seen from the hallway. Lots of potential, in need of some serious love!


This is an addition that was built onto the house as a “covered porch”. It was used for storage, and will have to eventually come down. The window on the left side looks into the kitchen, the door in the center goes into the garage. We have come to call this place the “west wing”, even though it’s not really on the west side of the house. It just kind of stuck!


The west wing, looking out to the backyard.


Looking out the sliding door from the west wing to the backyard.


The shop (yes, the 1,000 square foot shop) is on the left, the back of the house on the right. The yard needs some serious help!


The shop is on the left with more covered space off the shop.


The back of the house with a big, messy, shade-providing black walnut tree


The back of the house and the garden shed. Because you can’t keep garden tools in the garage. Or the west wing. Or the shop. That will definitely be coming down!

The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a two car garage, a 1,000 square foot shop behind the house, and lots of storage and space. The house is on a quarter-acre lot, so there are lots and lots of projects to be done! Anyone that wants to help, feel free to come lend a hand 🙂

I’ll post more blogs throughout the week with pictures of the projects we’ve done recently and what the house looks like now that we’ve (mostly) moved in. Think of this as a teaser, and I promise it looks way better now! Still a long way to go, but way better!


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  1. michaelstpaulporter / Feb 8 2013 6:12 am

    Congratulations on your new home! (And your new job, Kaysea.) I’m thinking you two won’t be bored anytime soon!. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the pictures. I’m excited to see as you transform the “house with potential” into the charming, inviting, home of your own it’s destined to be. Did all of the stuff in the pictures come with the house? The furniture made me say eeewwww, but I couldn’t help being intrigued with the tools, motorcycle, bike etc. I see good stories, memories, and fun times, along with the work ahead. May blessings abound here, for JustinKays, for years to come!

  2. Auntie / Feb 6 2013 11:25 am

    You already have come a loonnnngggg way. Thanks for sharing and get to work!!! :::)))

  3. Maj / Feb 6 2013 11:12 am

    Can’t wait to see more! So great that you have some time off between jobs. xoxo


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