Just a brick ranch, structurally sound but needs lots of cosmetics…

Our family, friends, and realtor have been listening to us utter these words for the last three years.  In 2006, we bought that exact house, only to renovate it and then unexpectedly sell it 14 months later.  After two years of living with friends, living in less-than-stellar rentals (fondly referred to as Crappy Condo and Casa de Crap – why yes, those are two different places!), and more time spent searching the MLS than was spent looking for Amelia Earhart, we’re just mere days away from closing on this little beauty:

The new digs

Now all 5 of you reading this know us already, but in case you’ve stumbled here from somewhere out there in the ether (Hello! Pull up a chair!) we thought we’d give you a brief 411, Q&A style.  Call it a FAQ if you’d like but since no one has actually asked us a single question, well, these can hardly be frequently asked questions, now can they?

And you are?

I’m Becky, blog writer, photographer, and chief paint-chip picker.  Russ, my husband, is the muscle, keeper of the schedule and budget, and a total DIY enthusiast.  Working on the house is his therapy from his 9-to-5.  We both love houses.  It’s a sickness, I tell you.

Now why would you start a blog? Don’t you have enough to do?

Since so many of our friends and family are far away from us here in Virginia, we thought it would be fun for everyone to be able to check in on us laugh hysterically at what we’ve gotten ourselves into this time!

This time? Was there another time?

We purchased our first home in May of 2006 and the undertook an arduous marathon renovation that culminated in us selling the house in August of 2007.  More about this in an upcoming post…..We’d like to think we learned something from the experience.

Aren’t you supposed to be working on a food blog?

Indeed I am.  I’ve been working on it for far too long, unfortunately almost completely in my head.  I’ll get back to that subject in the not too terribly distant future, when I can actually focus on something besides this massive pile of paint chips.

So, there you have it.  More to follow!

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6 Responses to Just a brick ranch, structurally sound but needs lots of cosmetics…

  1. Sam Maindonald says:

    I’m really looking forward to the next post. As you and I both know we too love crap old houses!

  2. Christina Callahan says:

    From one brick ranch to another… boy do you guys have a ‘type’ or what?! Congrats and we look forward to following you work on it albeit far away this time.

  3. Christine says:

    Woo bring on the food blog! I’ve been waiting patiently to be among your first followers 🙂

  4. Jeremy says:

    Can’t you combine a food and renovation blog? Like, tell us all about the grinding of broken tiles off the floor, then tell us about how you washed those bad memories away with Chocolate Chiffon Pie?

  5. Alma says:

    Dear Rebecca – Your Mom graciously shared this with me and I am so totally blown away. I love everything you have written – it has allowed me to catch up with you since your fabulous Mom never tells me anything. I’m very happy for you and wish you only the best. Much love your old neighbor from Houston. XXOOXX \

    • ourpile says:

      Hello Miss Alma,

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment! How are you, John, Micheele and Laura? I hope all is well in Houston! I’m so tickled you dropped by the blog!

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