So, I might have gotten a little ahead of myself about posting interior pics today. I hope you’ll forgive me, but it was wishful thinking that things would move faster than they have with this house, which has meant a lot of sleepless nights for me this week, let me tell you.
Anyway, I’m going to give you the full tour of the house (I guarantee you’ll be surprised, since you could have knocked me over with a feather when I walked through it) just as soon as all the legal stuff is taken care of.
The good news is that I made it over two of the smaller hurdles to officially having the keys to this place fairly easily. The BIG hurdle is coming up soon– hopefully early next week, so I can get it out of the way and then enjoy smooth sailing until closing. For a little taste of what I’ve been going through for the last three days, here is an email verbatim from one of the people I’m working with to take care of the legal crap:
You have mentioned differ title company’s mane in title provider. Please advise if you want to switched to another title company?
Singh Devi [not her real name]
As you may suspect, my name isn’t Stanley, but no amount of clarification on my end seems to get the point across. Clearly one of us isn’t speaking English, but to be honest on the amount of sleep I’ve had in the last three days, I’m not sure it isn’t me. So, it’s been an adventure fraught with questions like, “Am I making this bigass check out to the right person, in the right country?”
In the meantime, however, you guys have come up with some great names for this house. Among my faves:
- From Allie – “The House of Unexpected Adven-Hey look at that new saw.” (So appropriate, but a bit of a mouthful)
- From Karen – Brick Manor
- From my BFF from college – The Calling House
- From a lot of you – The Brick House, or even just The Brick (or Bric-a-brac, also apt)
To be honest, “The Brick House” was growing on me pretty early on, until my grandmother pointed out that it rhymes with another “house”, and now I cant get that out of my head. She suggested I name the property, not just the house, and I’m completely bummed that Wuthering Heights is already taken.
We’ve been kicking around names like “Tenterra” (after my mom) and my suggestion of Hilltop Manor (since it is at the top of a hill-ish thing), although the word “manor” is a little too stately for me. Those Brits were so good at naming their properties. Perhaps Longbourn after my favorite Austen novel?
Nothing has stuck yet, but I’m working on it.
And, for a little taste of what I’m working with here, I’ve sketched out a not-even-remotely-to-scale floorplan:
The original brick part of the house was built in 1860, and the addition on the back of the first floor came on in the 90’s to my best guess.
I’ll tell you this, it’s a big house with a lot of potential. I can’t wait to get started on it.