Jonwin and I are in the process of contacting various contractors about doing home repairs with the money I inherited and just like the tv show we're finding surprises that come when you remove 89 year old woodwork.
So far nothing nice like the drawing of an eagle my parents found under the wall paper. Nope we get the ones that eat into the budget and may mean I don't get to go to fulfill my dream of going to Europe next year. We finally will replace the boiler next week but found out that we need to have the chimney relined. Those 6 vinyl windows put in by the former owner that we wanted to have replaced, has become a structural issue with rusted metal lintels that must be replace, so we're hunting for someone who knows how to do it, without the brick walls falling down. The structural engineer was great guy and email us drawings of what we need done. So the windows Jonwin had installed 20 years ago will also be replaced. Total of nine double hung and 2 basement windows.
There are walls of cracked and falling plaster to be repaired. Guess we may end up painting them ourselves, at the rate money is going for unexpected repairs.
If I'm lucky we have enough to have the kitchen remodeled. My brother-in-law, the architect who has had kitchens in Architectural Digest, will design it for free, but it needs a new floor, sink moved into the house proper, instead of the summer kitchen the size of a small walk in closet, were there is also a gas pipe to hook up a stove, that if it was there would leave barely enough room for a very thin person to get to the sink. Right now we many use electric skillet and a hot plate for cooking, though there is a gas oven upstairs, in the room I want to use as a studio. Baking in it causes the hard wired smoke detector to go off. Oh and the dropped ceiling got to go, though it's been hiding falling plaster and wall paper.
If it wasn't for the fact that Jonwin and I can't afford to sell it as a fixer upper, I would give up a trip to Europe happily for a house that isn't a money pit. Darn I would do most of the tear out work myself if my health was good as it was when I helped my parents remodel their home. (Back then I would get a chronic sore throat from all the plaster dust and back then you didn't need to get a lead test before you do anything more then change a light bulb.)
Instead of spending time making jewelry, I'm spending time on Angie's List, put the claw foot tub that needs major refinishing on Freecycle and trying to clear out clutter, so I will have room for all the things I inherited from my parents. Jonwin is still trying to work things out, so we won't need to put stuff in storage, but the next person I hire will be hauling out some of his old furniture that is too beat up for freecycling or donating to charity.
The good news is I have to buy new clothes, as I'm down to size 10 pants from size 16 last winter. I'm still hunting for good buys t the thrift store, but shoes and business clothes were brought on sale, I've upgraded the jewelry I'm making to sterling silver, since it's price is down and will be overhauling my marketing once I've dealt with getting the major house repairs done.