A landmark day

Just made my first mortgage payment. Now I’m a homeowner, at least in tiny part. Up until now the bank was just letting me live in the house they owned. Now I have a few dollars of equity.

I’m a manly man

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was make permanent improvements to my house, like running network cables through the walls, install all sorts of home automation, etc. But being a renter, I was always limited to reversible changes. Now that we’ve bought a house at last, there’s finally no one standing in the way of my projects, and I’ve been diving into them with aplomb.

We put together a list of all the things that we wanted to do, and estimated what we could afford to do right now. The queue as it stands is:

  1. Pour concrete driveway around to backyard for loading/unloading
  2. Run network cables throughout house
  3. Build deck stairs to connect deck to backyard
  4. Build fence
  5. Build detached workshop/shed in backyard

Unfortunately, a survey showed that our property is actually about 10′ thinner than we thought, so a driveway to the backyard may not be possible. That project got placed on the back burner and I moved forward with the rest.

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