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We are homeowners! Our little fixer-upper

I wanted to share this amazing news with all of you today because for the past 3 months I've been keeping it a secret that we started house hunting, I don't think we could be any more excited because finally this weekend escrow closed and we are officially homeowners!

we are homeowners

We were so excited we wanted to move right away! But right after we took these pictures a snowstorm hit the mountains and up until today there was still snow coming down, we lost power because of falling trees and it was way too difficult to even try to move things in the snow.

So we will wait for the weather to get better to attempt to move all of our things out of our rental house.

Our new house is by no means new, it was actually built in the 70′ and needs a lot of work, no really A LOT of work!

But that was exactly what we were looking for. We contemplated building in order to have the house we wanted, but after we saw this house we knew right away that it was perfect for us, it had all the potential we were looking for, and since it needs so much work, we can renovate it to be exactly what we want =]

our new house

The house it's located downhill, so in this picture, you can only see one floor, but it's actually a 3-story down, and the main level entrance is one of the things we LOVE!

If you know about houses here in the mountain, having an entry level house is not very common and it's very valuable!

In our rental, we used to have to carry groceries about 30 steps up from our rental driveway to the house, so this by itself it's a great improvement!

We have a two-car garage with a little shop below it, we plan to renovate that too, but so far that's last in our super long list!

The future HowJoyful Studio

And along with the news I wanted to share one of the things that excited me the most about this house – the 3rd floor -> this is actually a 1 bath/2 rooms level, and it's all MINE to set up my studio/office!! YAY! – So I can't wait to get started in the renovation of this space (one of my first projects in the house)

I am going to share how I renovate this level to be the perfect space to run my home-based business, so if you want to see the updates, check this page category!

the empty studio

It's funny that even before escrow closed I had everything I want to make with this space planned out in my head =] I decided to keep the wall dividing the 2 rooms (at first I wanted to get rid of it and have just one very long room) and make the front room my office/design studio and the backroom as my sewing/crafting area so that way I keep things more organized.

the empty sewing room

I am so excited to share the rest of the house and the improvements we are going to be working on since it will be mostly done by us with the professional help of Ken's dad. We decided we want to move in and slowly work on one room at a time, for this next couple of weeks we are going to be working on cleaning, and whatever the weather allows us to do outside, and I'll be working on my studio every time I can.

I am so happy to finally write this post, we have been crossing fingers for weeks!!

So yay!!

Since I cleaned up my blog to make it more user friendly, I only kept the most important personal announcements I've made on the blog:


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and if you have any moving tips I would really appreciate it! Since last time I moved I only brought 2 bags from Chile, this move will be a little bigger than that LOL.

handmade business cards
Handmade business cards: The HowJoyful cards!
painted cabinets details in pink
Painting oak cabinets and countertop: Sewing room build-in revamp


Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

Congrats i have been trying to find a nice house in thee crestline area with a area for my kids to play weve been lookin towards voe but i dont like the neighborhood. anyways goodluck with the decorating cant wait to see how it looks(:


Thursday 17th of May 2012

I just found your blog today and have to say your new house reminds me of Lake Arrowhead, CA! We have a cabin in Arrowhead and I love it. Congrats on the new home and new baby.


Wednesday 11th of April 2012

Congratulations Joy!! I just found this website and I love it so much!! I love the way this house looks and being on a sloped lot, I'm sure you have some amazing views too!!

As for moving, I move quite a bit! I tend to pack one room at a time. I unload all of my boxes and put them in the corner of the room it will be in (clothes boxes in closet, towel box in bathroom, etc) and then I unpack the boxes one room at a time until everything is exactly where it needs to be!!

I work in the housing industry, so I'm always so glad to hear that people are buying houses and decorating them so that it will be a home they can enjoy. :) I'm so happy for you guys!!

Congratulations again! :D


Tuesday 10th of April 2012

I am so behind but congrats on the house! It's SO SO SO SO gorgeous!


Thursday 5th of April 2012

Congratulations! The house is so lovely and unique.