Adventures in moving cross country- Volume 2 : Starting to Plan
With all the pieces falling into place, Michigan plans hit a little lull, which was fine, since we had a lot of stuff still going on here in Oregon; James got a vasectomy, I tried to completely destroy my knee by playing one more roller derby bout, we celebrated the holidays and both kids' birthdays- we had plenty on our plate.
In January, Agent Orange adjusted a previously planned trip to Florida to include a 2 night stay in her newest acquisition as a land baroness. She sent us videos that gave us the idea of layout of the house as well as some quick sketches to give us an idea of the floor plan. We finally had a solid idea of exactly what was going on with this house and could start wrapping our head around what we would need to do to actually live in it.
She spent both nights in the actual house, which sounded like a terrifying experience- mostly because the house is almost guaranteed to be haunted since it was built in 1906- but also because there were no functioning bathrooms, the temperature was in the single digits and the locks weren't all super great at being locked from the inside. But she came back with a bevvy of knowledge. Including how many actual staircases there were!
I picked her up from the airport in Portland and we spent the 2 hour drive going over all the details she discovered in her stay. She admitted that it was a little overwhelming at first, with the place in such a state of half done disarray. But when we talked it out, we both agreed that there was so much potential there, not only for our immediate living needs- but for future rental possibilities, that it would be worth all the work it will need.
Apparently, the house was set up as multiple rental units. The third floor is a self contained unit and was almost completely livable- except for the crazy scary tiled shower (this is what made the real estate agent go "oh my god!") It has a kitchen, a living room area, a bedroom area, an awesome wood stove and plenty of storage. It would be a great living space for 1-2 people.
AO also got the opportunity to see the neighborhood a bit (to find bathrooms mostly) and find some good spots for healthy grocery shopping and delicious drinks. The location of the house is neither directly downtown, nor is it in a suburban area. It does have a lot of accessibility to the things we need- including the hospital 2 blocks away.
With all the great info that she provided, we were able to create some not-very-accurate floor plans and have some strong ideas about how the living situation would actually look and what kind of renovations we would need. The actual specifics were still in the air and would need to continue to get nailed down as we determined what would fit in the budget and what we would absolutely need to be able to live in relative safety.
I'd already planned my trip out to the house myself in February, so it was great to already have a good idea of what we would need to talk about when talking renovations with our friend.