Well, this is awkward. We pretty much abandoned this blog, huh? For every one of the hundreds (literally hundreds) of comments & emails we received, we felt exactly 30.25 seconds of gut-wrenching guilt. It added up to a whole lot of guilt overall.
Many of you are wondering if we died in some horrible accident involving a rogue belt sander or whether our relationship survived the renovation. Don’t fret, peeps, we are still alive and happily married. And just about 2 weeks ago — squee!! — we finished the house renovation. FINISHED. As in, put away the toolbox, let’s sit on the couch and do nothing all weekend because we are 100% completely and truly, OMG FINALLY!!! finished.
I’ve updated the before & after photos. You can check them out on the House Tour page.
Our last post was in 2013 (ugh) and we’ve clearly been busy ever since. Here’s a quick recap of what’s happened since then.
2013: Year of the Suck
It was an awful, awful year. Bradley’s grandma passed away. Then our beloved geriatric pup, Jabba, who can been seen lazing around in many of our renovation photos passed away. And to make things even worse, I felt “stuck” in the worst job I’ve ever had in my entire life. It was a crappy winter. We didn’t get to travel or surf much. Everything that could go wrong DID go wrong. 2013 was a nightmare. Luckily, in December I scored a new job and was able to take the entire month off to spend with Jabba.
2014: Fresh Start
I started a new job with a rad boss. We adopted a new pup. Bradley took a couple of months off work to finish off the kitchen & put a new roof on the house. 2013 had been so lame that we decided not to blog much and instead use the time to do fun stuff like rock climbing and roadtripping and making new friends. And as the year came to an end, we hustled to finish up the house because….
2015: Peace Out Pennsylvania!
We just put the house on the market. Deep breath. Yes. We just spent 3 years and 10 months renovating a house and, yeah, we’re gonna sell it and walk away from allllll the fabulousness. This is a decision that a lot of people will not understand and that’s OK. It’s a very “us” thing to do, and none of our family or closest friends batted an eyelash about it.
If you’re the type of person who has to leave a comment telling us we’re crazy for leaving this house behind, save your breath. Quite frankly, we’ve heard it all before and we don’t care for the negative tone. Here’s the thing: Central Pennsylvania is green and hilly and quaint….but it’s not for us. We miss some aspects of city life — not the ridiculous rents or smelly subways, but we miss being surrounded by likeminded, creative people and having date night options that aren’t Red Robin or Olive Garden. We miss hopping in the car and driving to a beach in 40 minutes. We miss good coffee shops, Peruvian food and meeting people who understand our love of both of those things.
…also we got this house for supercheap since it was hideous and dilapidated and we’re selling it for a killer profit, so there’s that.
What’s the next adventure? We’re quitting our jobs, dusting off our passports and going on a 6 month surf trip on the other side of the planet. After that, we’re moving to a small, sunny city where we can live within 20 minutes of a beach. We’ll starting our own modern furniture & interior design company. And, because we enjoy renovating so much — we’ll probably buy some dilapidated property to rescue and rent out. But first, we’ll surf :)
To everyone who read our blog and supported us on this project, huge, huge thank you! We’ll be back to post details of our new company once it’s up & running. You can follow us on Instagram @leenahw and @bradleyrosga