Most of floor was badly laid concrete and none of the supports or framing was up to code--well, maybe the exterior walls if you didn't use a tape measure. We had a lot of work on our hands.
We were fortunate enough to rent the house right next door and are grateful for the deal we received on rent. Renting eased the stress of our other options: camp at the property, haul a trailer onsite, or live out of a conversion van until we could live in the house. Winter in Albuquerque is cold and, while an adventure, seemed a bit too much. With a lot of help from our good neighbor, two trips out by Amy's dad and a handful of months we now live here:
We have lots of windows and a beautiful stucco job on the exterior. You'll notice the shade trees are conspicuously absent. They were 90% dead Siberian elms and had to go. Fruit trees will replace them but in the meantime we're very exposed out in the yard.
The dining nook is right next to the kitchen and Amy's second favorite room, since that's where she gets to eat. The walls are a natural clay plaster from American Clay. We brought home the 50 pound sacks on our bikes!
There aren't too many pictures of the rest of the house that are post-worthy. We are still working on projects and things look very, um, lived in. As we get things more organized and fabulous, photos will get posted, don't you worry.
I will tell you that we laid brick floors to offset the 4 inches of sink and they turned out lovely.
So we're settling in, getting to know our community and planning the garden. We'll be posting about simple living, sustainability, vegetable gardening and whatever else strikes our fancy. Enjoy!