Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Moving On

I can't believe it has taken me a full week to find the time to sit at the computer and share our big news. Most of our friends and family already know, but last Monday we closed on a new home. That means that we will be leaving our cohousing community. It was not an easy decision for us to make, and Matt and I both waivered in our decision on multiple occasions. We are very nervous about leaving an already made community of people... many who have become good friends.




But, it happens that a few months ago we found a house that we didn't feel we could pass up. It is an old house built in 1905. It has squeaky fir floors, an old coal cellar (soon to be my root cellar!), large trees, a big backyard and a view of the mountains. A home that seemed just right for us.

Our new neighborhood is very alive with people out walking and socializing. We haven't even moved in yet and already we have invites for dinner, housewarming gifts from neighbors, and several new friends. We will still be walking or biking distance to most of our favorite places. In fact, we will be walking distance to the cohousing community, so it should be easy to maintain many of our friendships.

We won't be moving in for another few weeks yet. We are in the process of taking down wallpaper (there is wallpaper from floor to ceiling in almost every room!), painting walls, and a few other projects. Totally overwhelming to try to do these tasks in a healthy and green way. Fortunately we found a woman who takes down wallpaper with just water, and I am amazed at how accessible low and no VOC paint now is!

I hope to be blogging about our attempts to develop community outside of cohousing and our attempts to green a 100 year old house.

10 comments:

Stam House said...

Congrats on the new home!!!!

Astarte said...

Congratulations!!!! Our current home, and our previous one, are both 100 years old. I love, love, love old houses. I love that people have been born, married, and died here. I love that there's a history, and we're a part of it. I love that it doesn't look like everyone else's house! Greening them is hard, because I'm torn between my desire for restoration, which prefers original everything, and greening, which prefers NEW everything. I'm struggling with it.

Tiffany said...

I am suprised that you are leaving the co-housing community. You LOVE it there!

Marie Green said...

We also live in an old house- built sometime around 1920. We also had MILES of wallpaper to remove... if you run a humidifier in a room for a day or two, with the door closed, the wall paper will peel right off- nothing else needed! It won't work for rooms that cannot be closed off however.... SIGH!

I love old houses AND old neighborhoods- sidewalks (many of the new neighborhoods around here are cul-de-sacs and forgo sidewalks), big old trees, people that share an aesthetic with me...

Please blog more about ways to "green" an old home!

PopMom said...

Congrats!! Our home is 108 years old and has it's +'s and -'s. When you go to do a renovation, usually internal stuff is not to code which forces you to "redo". However, it has character that you just don't see in newer houses.
Lots of stuff on your plate...good luck and hope the kids are excited for the new adventure!

Penny said...

Something nice about a home with history ;) Do you have any photos of it over the years? That would be so interesting.

We stripped wallpaper off using water and detergent - it's not easy when there are several layers but it can be done.

Having an old home means you can use recycled timber and stuff I guess. Is it insulated well? There are some excellent green options for insulation.

Kristin C. said...

Congratulations on your new home! It sounds like you'll have no troubles adding to your community of friends and neighbors. I do look forward to reading about the greedning process of a 100 year old home...we are in a 60 year old home and it sure has been a challenge, especially on the cheap out here in the midwest. Cheers to you and yours in a new family nest!

Lori Ann said...

Wow! That must be exciting... an old home would be so beautiful. Perhaps pictures will be coming soon? :-)

ames said...

How exciting, congratulations! It certainly does sound hard to pass up and your new neighborhood sounds lovely too!

Gray Matters said...

A little late with well wishes, but congrats on the new diggs! I know you'll have so much fun getting it ready and putting all your personal touches on it. We'd love to see photos!