Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Home Transformation

In late March, Ryan's family came visited for a few weeks to help us do a few renos and updates to our home to make it more marketable. His mom and dad came down from Orange Beach, AL and his Aunt Sylvia and Uncle Tom drove down from Ohio.  I want to post the before and after shots of the changes that were made because they really made a huge difference. The week after we posted our new photos on, we got seven showing requests in five days (that was a very busy week for Logan and I . . .).

Everyone worked together on the master bath (although Steve, my father-in-law was definitely the foreman). We laid tile, painted the cabinets and the tile on the tub, replaced the shower door and painted the walls. Aunt Syl helped me pick out some beautiful staging items from Home Goods and Target that have really helped highlight the brightness of the space.


 View from our bedroom-- no, there is no door separating our bathroom from our bedroom! (We do have a bedroom door :)) Our carpet was a very old and shabby berber (sp?) that pre-dated Ryan buying the house back in 2002. Carpet in the bathroom is never a good idea, trust us.

 Our lovely early 90's pink mauve tile tub and the his and hers vanity to match. Also from the early 90's (or earlier?), we had gold brass fixtures and a gold brass shower door.


 We painted the walls the same sagey/mossy green color as the bedroom walls. Steve and Tom also laid beautiful whitish gray tiles (12x24" rectangular). Also, we applied a beautiful acrylic tile paint to get rid of the mauve tub, and also painted the cabinets of the vanity. Aunt Syl suggested removing the shower door and replacing it with a clean, crisp linen shower curtain. We were trying to create a spa-like feel. My favorite part are the accessories she picked out, for around the tub and the big vase on the countertop, as well as the towels and the framed art. She is a really talented designer and she  didn't mind working within an extremely tight budget.


 Steve and Tom spent one entire day standing waist deep in lake water, replacing the wood boards on our dock. The wood had begun to rot in places, making it look warped and wavy. We had a very cold spring this year, and that day the high was in the low sixties. By the time they finally finished, the temperature was well below 40 degrees. There are also a lot of critters in our water! Brave work, great result.

We didn't really have the funds to completely upgrade the kitchen, so we settled with painting the walls a wonderful soft antique gray/linen color (I LOVE this color so much). Aunt Sylvia's decorator's eye saw that this color would de-emphasize the mauve marble tile which is all over the house. It worked beautifully. Steve also installed a butcher block countertop on our center island to warm the area a bit and to cover over the ugly white tile and stained grout that used to form the countertop.

A lot more work was done, including painting the entire living room, cleaning out the garage and painting the garage floor, touching up the exterior paint and a few other things like fixing electrical problems. No real offers yet but we are extremely grateful to the Husmanns and the Rodbergs for traveling such a long way to help us update our home. Even if we have to stay in this house for another few months or years, we can really enjoy it and take pride in our home now.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Back in Business

New Beginning

The Husmann Family Blog is back in business after a false start last summer. Shortly after I decided to start a family blog, we went on vacation, and then I got pregnant and then we decided to put our house up for sale, and I think you can tell where this is going. I just didn't get around to Blog Post #2 . . . ever. But since my Lenten fast from Facebook lead to my decision to permanently deactivate my Facebook account, I want to be able to update our family and friends on what we are up to down in sunny Land O' Lakes, Florida.  (Sidenote: I need to do a post about the joys of not being on Facebook). Anyway, I hope you enjoy our blog.

Eating . . . one of Logan's favorite past times
A few quick updates to share so you know where we are at ... we have certainly progressed since homemade baby food (the subject of my last--and only other-- blog post).

Little-Big Logan

Logan is a big strong 16 month old little boy and getting bigger by the day. He is very tall like his daddy and even getting cute broad shoulders and big feet (also like daddy). He is going to break a lot of hearts someday, first and foremost his mama's. I am so proud of my little guy and what a brave little boy he is becoming.

Lowry Park Zoo May 2013

Single-Income Household and Loving It

I am also proud of my big guy . . . Ryan is still at Ed Morse Cadillac and working every day to bring home that bacon so I don't have to go back to work. I LOVE being a stay at home mommy to Logan-- all my dreams have come true. And my wonderful hubby is who makes it possible for me. I cannot sing his praises enough!


A Little Girl Will Join Us Soon!

Ballast Point Park April 2013
Which brings me to my next update, our feisty little one who is yet to be born but very much alive and growing in my enormous belly. Lily is six months gestational age and quite the spitfire. She moves around constantly, all day and all night. She wakes me up every morning at around 4:00 am, this is why I make it my goal to be in bed, lights out by 10:15 pm. Sometimes I fall back to sleep but about half the time I just lie awake until 5:30 and then get up and do a little bible study. I don' t mind this because it gives me some quiet time before Logan wakes up at around 7, and it is preparing me for long all-nighters when Lily arrives. I have had a very easy pregnancy with no complications. At around this time with Logan the doctors said I had anemia, which meant I had to go on an iron pill and watch my blood counts and stuff. Nothing like that with Lily; I attribute this to a very hearty diet and not working at my old firm, which was extremely stressful.

New Home . . . New Life . . . Maybe??

Easter 2013
And finally (most posts will not be this long, I promise!) we put our house up for sale in January. We weren't getting much activity so we had Ryan's family come down and help us update and paint. It was a great investment . . . the week after we posted our new photos on, we got seven showings in one week. We have gotten a few low ball offers which we haven't even bothered countering. Many of these offers come from out of town investors who will throw any number and see what sticks. Since the days are ticking by, we are planning to keep the house on the market a few more weeks, and then we will probably take it off the market until after Lily arrives. We are aiming to re-list it six months or a year.