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Visible progress!

So we’ve spent about 40% of our budget, or just under $40k (total budget just under $100k) and we can finally see where the money is going! The foundation has been poured, the addition is framed, there’s a new bathtub in the existing bathroom (plus a repaired leak) and entirely new wiring throughout, plus a new service panel. It’s looking promising. We’re especially happy with two things: the size of the porch at the back and the additional 40 sq feet that’s being added to the living room. It doesn’t sound like a huge amount of space, but we think it will make all the difference in the long run (especially once the extra window and door are in place). Contractor says we are on track to complete work on the existing structure before Christmas with the addition done in late January.









Texan, teacher, writer, reader: that’s me in a nutshell. Originally from Texas, I now live in London with my husband (he’s a Brit) and our two boys. I spend my time devouring books (especially young adult/middle grade fiction), baking cookies and generally going in ten directions at once. More than a decade ago, I moved to London for a teaching job, met my husband, stayed, and started a family. The last few years have been a whirlwind: in 2013, we moved to Austin, TX and I decided to stay at home with our son; in 2014, we bought and renovated a house in South Austin; in 2015, we welcomed our second son at a local birth center...and in 2016, we packed up and moved back to London! 2017 is set to see more changes as our eldest little starts school and I head back to the classroom. Read on for renovation info, book reviews, creative writing posts, and the general flotsam and jetsam of my life.

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