I’ve looked at 8 homes in the last two days alone, in addition to the half-dozen I look at weekly, and I am stunned by what I’ve seen. Small homes that need major overhaul for laughable amounts Houses in shit areas going for more. And the one house in a good area getting 12 bids [eye twitches]. Inventory is improving, but quality of homes has been stagnant. So if we don’t buy a house, we’ll have some money lying around... Money that was supposed to be for a downpayment, but hey.

Here’s what I’d do maybe...

THE FORTRESS BUILD
- 6' privacy fence for entire backyard, and a 4' cute/decorative picket fence for the front.
- Adding a bay to the garage and widen the driveway. I’ll get my 2-car garage one way or another, dammit!
- Barn gate for the driveway. The picket fence says “hello,” but the gate will say, “hell no.” An important balance.
- I guess I should replace the garage windows and fix the north corner which needs love

THE “HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE” BUILD
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New appliances
- New floors in kitchen, bathroom, and mudroom. Carpet everywhere else.
- New kitchen cabinets
- demo of separating wall between living room and kitchen to make a nice open floor plan
- turn the bonus room into a proper second bedroom (build a closet, close the half-wall, drink more beer).
- complete bathroom remodel. New cabinets, new tub, and a barn-style frameless glass shower door with low-iron glass and sandblasting across the center... Or maybe just go with rain glass.
- paint ALL THE THINGS

THE “MONEY-INTO-BONFIRE” BUILD
- combine the above two plans and have a home that looks way too nice for 886 square feet in east Everett. Although I guess at that point, the expansion idea would be back on the table.

Unfortunately, any of these fun plans will be constrained by the first plan of action...

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THE ZOIDBERG BUILD
- Put money into savings
- pay off some more student loans
- post chandeliers