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New Carpet for our Greeley House


Posted by Cassie

This weekend we had our new carpet installed in our house in Greeley. When we first bought our house in 2003, it was a foreclosure and the carpet was badly stained in the living room. At the time, however, we did not have the money to install new carpet, so we just got it professionally cleaned. It really brightened it up and the dark stains were less noticeable, but it wasn’t perfect. The rest of the house’s carpet was in fine shape as the house had only just been built in 2001 and so the carpet had been new at that time.

Hallway spot
This was the worst spot in the house. Britton and I had made a small stain worse by trying to clean it with Oxy-clean and it had bleached the carpet

Over the years, the carpet, especially in the living room, only got worse and worse. Old Schnood had had accidents on it, both Callie and Kitty had taken their claws to it and it was the main thoroughfare to the kitchen, basement, and upstairs bedrooms. As you may remember, we had covered it up with a nice new throw rug and that helped a lot, but we still knew the carpet was on its last legs. Since we are moving this year, we want the house to be ready to rent and figured that now was as good a time as ever and we’d at least get to enjoy it a little first too.

So this weekend we moved all of our upstairs furniture into the basement, kitchen or bathrooms.

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Britton with most of our earthly belongings moved to the kitchen

The carpet installers arrived around 9am on Saturday and got right to work. Britton was also excited to finally fix a squeaky spot in the hallway that always creaked when we walked by. It’s nice not to have that creak but we no longer have our wonderful alarm system anymore either :-)

Britton and squeaky spot
Britton and the carpet installer fixing the creak in the hall

Living room with blue carpet pad
It looked really weird with just the blue pad installed

Hauled out carpet
The “used” carpet

Here are some before and afters. It looks even better in person and feels good under bare feet. We love it!

Bedroom before
Bedroom before

bedroom after
Bedroom after

Hallway before
Hallway before

Hallway after
Hallway after

It’s amazing what a little surface detailing -and money- can do. We’ve seen it before in our (other) rentals, but it’s so true: paint and flooring can make a place feel new again.

Carpet close up
Close up of the new carpet (living room)

 

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Basement Before and After Pics


Posted by Cassie

A little over a year ago we finished our basement. We had originally hoped that Kosei, our Japanese exchange student would have been able to stay down there, but the time schedule for construction is always underestimated. Britton and I have had various people stay with us since then in the basement bedroom, and since the last roommate just moved out, it made me think about all the work and money we put into it. It was definitely worth it, but it’s good to look back and remember.

Also, some people still haven’t seen it since it was finished (including Kosei, this one’s for you :-) !) We are planning on renting out this house when we move to Puerto Rico, but we are enjoying it while we are here. Also, maybe this will be motivation for Britton to finish the rental house basement *hint, hint*

 
At a concert with Kosei


Before


Fireplace Area After


Bathroom Before


Bathroom After


Downstairs Bedroom and Closet Before


Bedroom After


Looking from the Vents Toward the Utility Room Before


Slightly Different angle, soffets cover vents, looking from wetbar


Wetbar area, this is the same view to the bathroom behind it covered with drywall (4th picture)


Living Area- Where we watch movies, PBS and Britton plays video games :-)

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