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At Purchase 

Aurora Colorado

Many of the photos here are of the house as it was when we first saw it and purchased it. Tons of repairs and cleaning had to be done before we could move in.

Sold
Sold


2003 Kia Rio. We have moved to the mountains and are getting a 4wd, so selling our beloved Kia Rio.
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Sold



New Weeds Everywhere!
New Weeds Everywhere!


We had a new kind of weed popping up everywhere this year.  (Spring 2009)
What Are These Things
What Are These Things?


I couldn't tell what it was, but they started getting their second leaves, it became a little more clear...
I had never seen these!
I had never seen these!



Tree Sprouts!
Tree Sprouts!


I guess the tree seed pods only germinate in the perfect conditions that only happen once in many years, but the conditions were right this year.

The tree sprouts are EVERYWHERE! At least none of them attached directly to the roofing.
Look Up!
Look Up!


The leaves looked suspiciously like the trees in the yard. So I looked up
to see all the seed pods on the trees and also saw this... Well, not Chris. I sent him up there later.
New Kitchen Cabinets in Aurora House
New Kitchen Cabinets in Aurora House











Unknown Nudibranch
Unknown Nudibranch


Can you ID me please?
When First Saw It
When First Saw It



Cracked Portch
Cracked Portch


There is a crack in the pad poured for the portch, however, this doesn't attach directly to the house, so shouldn't be a problem.
Little Crack
Little Crack


The foundation is in fair condition for being as old as it is.
At Purchase
At Purchase


The mound of dirt to the right of the walkway was left by the city water. Of course they won't fix it, and we just have to wait a while for it to settle back into the ground.
Back Yard, Pre-Purchase
Back Yard, Pre-Purchase


The back yard as we first saw it.
Back Yard, At Purchase
Back Yard, At Purchase


The grass was completely dead by the time we purchased the house.



No water had really dried out the yard and the grass we fell in love with was just a mess of sticker brush.
Bath At Purchase
Bath At Purchase



In Progress
In Progress



In Progress
In Progress



Hallway
Hallway



Hallway
Hallway


The attic fan helps to cool the house in summer, but makes it sound like the house will shake apart or fly away any minute.
Attic Access
Attic Access


Shure would be nice to have a fold out to get up there, but there is at least a good amount of storage room when you can get to it.
Hall in Progress
Hall in Progress



Kitchen as we first saw it.
Kitchen as we first saw it.


'Eeeeeeewwww!' The first thing we did after puchasing the house was to get rid of the stove and refrigerator and rip out the kitchen flooring.
More Eeeewww!
More 'Eeeewww!'


The stove was filled with bird-seed. To the curb it went with the refrigerator.
Kitchen area.
Kitchen area.


This is part of the little kitchen, but is where the washer/dryer and hot-water heater are placed. Who designed this house?!?
Yet more Eeeewww!
Yet more 'Eeeewww!'


The whole house was acctually really 'Eeeeww.' We washed the entire thing, including walls and ceilings with bleach more than three times before we could touch anything without getting creeped-out.
Kitchen In Progress
Kitchen In Progress


After ripping out the lanolium (that had been placed down with roofing tar!) we cleaned it and leveled it as much as possible before placing in the new snap-lock laminate.
Kitchen In Progress
Kitchen In Progress



Kitchen
Kitchen


We ripped out these shelves completely since they blocked area for the stove and appliances.
Washer area and pipe access
Washer area and pipe access



Breaker Box
Breaker Box


It needs replaced, but it is in a bad sized area, so it will have to be fully moved to be replaced, which will cost a bundle.
Kitchen in Progress
Kitchen in Progress







Kitchen Done... for now.
Kitchen Done... for now.






New paint and flooring really made a big difference.




Our Stove
Our Stove


Our new Stove was free from Freecycle. It is a bit old, but in pristine condition since it was only used in a resort time-share, and I guess no one cooks while on vacation there.








Cabinets
Cabinets


While we still really want to completely replace the cabinets in the kitchen, a few coats of paint really make them better than they were.
Washer Dryer
Washer / Dryer


We had to replace our washer and dryer with a stack unit to fit in the kitchen. Boy is the kitchen small!








Front Door
Front Door



Living Room In Progress
Living Room In Progress























Definitly replaced this.
Definitly replaced this.



Flooring
Flooring


Even after a dozen moppings with bleach, the floor still held stains. We will have to re-finish it someday.




Master Closet
Master Closet







Just Visiting.
Just Visiting.


It was a month before we 'moved in', but more than two months before we got the last of our furniture from storage.
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom


New Paint really changed the look of the house into something nicer.




Paint
Paint


We did a two-tone double roll paint on the recomendation of a paint-guru friend of ours. It really hides the warbles and bumps in the walls and looks great.
Tess and Kagogi
Tess and Kagogi


Our pups were very happy to have a large back yard to run in, but they got stickers in their fur every day.
Our New Curtains
Our New Curtains


We desided to go with an oriental look, and made curtains to reflect this choice.
Curtain Ties
Curtain Ties



Curtain Rod Holders
Curtain Rod Holders







Tie Backs
Tie Backs



Next Project... Spare room.
Next Project... Spare room.












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