On July 1, 2000, Robin and I moved in to our first home in Riverton. It’s really hard to believe that it’s been seven years since we bought this house. When we moved in, we didn’t have enough furniture to fill half of the bedrooms. Now we’re bursting at the seams with furniture, clothes and toys. Back then, we only had a one child, one-year-old Parley. Now we have three children with another one on the way. When we came to this neighborhood, I had just gotten my first “real” job out of college. Today, I own my own company and make six figures. (Okay, that’s not true — unless you count my own company as Lambert Video Productions, and calculate six figures in terms of cents not dollars.)
Life has been good to us over the past seven years, and I feel very grateful that we were able to purchase this wonderful starter home relatively early in our marriage.
Over the last seven years, we have worked hard to make improvements to the home. Sometimes we made changes because we wanted to, other times it was forced upon us due to something breaking down.
During this time, we have replaced numerous appliances, including: the water softener, water heater, dishwasher, range, oven and hood, refrigerator, disposal unit, microwave, toaster and TV.
Other changes between July 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007 include:
New draperies in living room, front room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms
Painted living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and girls room (twice)
Put up wallpaper and painted Parley’s room
Replaced metal banister with wood banister and replaced the baseboards
Replaced kitchen sink and faucet (twice on faucet)
Removed carpet and linoleum and installed a laminate kitchen floor
Refinished kitchen cabinets and replaced light fixture
Remodeled the entire master bathroom
Replaced hall bathroom faucet, repainted, added border and retiled part of tub
Garage and Yard
Replaced garage door, garage door opener and springs
Installed secondary water and new sprinkler control system
Removed five dead trees and re-sodded most of front lawn
Repaired five different sections of fence and re-painted entire fence
Dug up and planted front flower bed
Whew! It makes me tired just thinking about all the work we’ve done! We’ve sunk lots of money, time and effort into improving, decorating and repairing our home to make it more beautiful and comfortable. It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun too! Our home has increased in value by about 60% over the past 7 years, mostly because of this crazy housing market, but partly because of our work and effort.
Who knows how much longer we’ll stay here before we need to find something larger to accomodate our growing family. But we’re very grateful for the past seven years here in Riverton!