Yesterday was an exciting day at the Rothwards household! After three weeks of demolition and construction, we installed our new hot tub.
It took six men an hour of maneuvering before we managed to set the spa into place…but we did it. And we didn't break anything. Now it's a matter of completing the decking and roofing, then Kim and I will be able to enjoy our remodeled outdoor oasis!
We're eager for construction to be over. Since buying our “English cottage” last summer, we've poured tons of money and time into a variety of renovations. It's been a non-stop construction zone.
You see, during the seventeen years the previous owners lived here, they performed very little maintenance and upkeep on the home and property. When we had the place inspected before purchase, the inspector raised a lot of concerns:
The inspection report was so dire that Kim and I almost passed on the purchase.
After we did decide to buy the place, I vowed that I'd be a proactive homeowner. Instead of allowing things to fall into a state of disrepair, I wanted to fix everything that was broken and then stay on top of home improvement in the years to come.
Today I want to share four specific actions I've taken to try to be a proactive homeowner. [Read more…]