It's both good and bad (like life). The reason we hate to love the house is because parts are so wonderful while other parts are so terrible. Sounds familiar? Oh probably because this could apply to any anyone. Who hasn't liked and disliked where they live?
Everyone can relate: If you've ever lived in a college dorm or rented an apartment. If you're middle, or upper middle, or lower upper middle, or middle lower class, or anyone who's married to someone in grad school, anyone who's in their 20's still finding what they want to do in life, anyone who's working to pay off those student loans/debt/car/etc nonsense, if you've in a fixer upper, or anyone who's living in an apartment, or house, or their parents house, or with a roommate, or sibling, or anyone who's ever been in any of those circumstances. Anyone. Anyone can be president.
Not that we expect to live in perfect conditions with zero problems. Some problems are minor, others are bigger. Some things are just pretty nice about our place, others are superb. Some things we can change and others we just have to live with since we're renters. Onward to photos.
We have a brand new dishwasher. Yay! Love this. Remember when we moved it and it was full of mold? Boo Hiss. Hated that. http://www.oursemiorganiclife.com/2011/08/how-to-get-rid-of-mold-in-your.html. Good thing is that now it works pretty well and we're grateful for that.
The kitchen. We love the kitchen. It's just so darn nice. We are the first renters to live in the house since the big renovations. The kitchen is entirely brand new (we think) with very nice amenities. Top quality cabinets, lots of cabinets, decorative cabinets, brand new stainless steel appliances, amazing granite counter top, nice new hardwood floor, accent lighting & huge pantry. We have a very cool antique brick accent wall (old fireplace?) and an eat in area with bar off to the side by the back door. We have a fancy faucet (installed 99% correctly) and a neat custom tile backsplash. Nothing about this says 'renter kitchen' or 'builder basic'. Jealous? I am and I live here (wish I owned it).
It's just so hard to hate this beautiful kitchen. We even have a window in the kitchen - and it opens (see below)! One thing to hate: they used the wrong grout on the backsplash tiles so it's slowly crumbling off.
The windows. A big reason I love to hate the house. The house is old, the windows are original. Ours are at least - the upstairs neighbors got all new windows replaced in their apartment. With screens! Jealous.
Our washer drains to our sump pump (what??) and our dryer vents to the utility back basement room. If you've notice I haven't blogged in a while it's probably because we died in a house fire. Almost not kidding