I picked up and moved my house across town (and then I moved out) #Homes & Tours#mailboxes#Midwest#moving in together#renovation January 10 | Guest post by Ashley You may remember Ashley from her super useful try not to neglect your car post this fall. Homegirl's also got herself quite the unusual living situation. The offbeat occupant: Ashley, automotive service writer Other occupants: nobody When did you move into this home? three years of renovation/one year of living followed by two months of more working Let's start with the neighborhood. What's it like where you live? I live just outside of my small town. Any MORE outside, and I would be lost in the woods. I don't know any of my neighbors (and now that I am moving out, I really regret that). Colleen and Sam’s completely renovated modern little Minneapolis house This house was one of those boarded up sad-and-lonelies. When Colleen and Sam swooped in, they had a total rehab ahead of them. Good thing... [more] I bought this house when I was 20 years old. I bought the home SEPARATE from the lot and I had it MOVED ACROSS TOWN. That was an experience in itself! I worked and worked to gut and remodel it. I didn't know what I was doing and many things were done incorrectly. When I moved in, after two years of working, I didn't have trim or interior doors. My furniture was a cobbled mess of thrift store finds that I planned on SOMEDAY refinishing. And I was happy in my pile of a home! Fast foward a year. I meet the most wonderful man. We bonded over construction of our homes. Mine was a renovation but his was new from the ground up and he actually knew how to do this shit. We got closer and when his house was finished, he had the idea that I should move into his home while we go back and REDO my entire redo. He saved my home from my destructive construction behaviors and it is now a beautiful place! Sadly (but not so sadly) my home is EMPTY! I love living with my boyfriend and I have no desire to move back into my own home. The best part of my home is my kitchen and bathroom. I will really miss my mash of color in the kitchen and my glass tiles in my bathroom. What advice do you have for other offbeat homies? When making big purchases at 20 years old, many people will not take you seriously. Don't let it get you down. Tell them that you were very serious about needing that estate on time or how you were not joking when you said you needed it done yesterday. What's your grandest plan for the space? The future will tell… Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ashley I'm a 25-year-old gear-head who is working as an automotive service writer in Northern Wisconsin. I live with my wonderful boyfriend and our furry child, named Sgt. Pepper. I could live on Mexican food and Pearl Jam... in fact, I kinda already do. PREVIOUS Social media and social faux pas NEXT What’s your best trick on reducing the number of consumable plastics your household goes through? Toggle comments [ 6 ] I love the new look of the home. Maybe renting it out could pay for it and allow you to keep it at the same time! 6 agree Reply I wonder if you could move it again (without having to really redo anything again). Then you could move it to a vacationing spot, and have a cottage! 2 agree Reply Your finished kitchen is beautiful! 1 agrees Reply Wow, I have mad respect for people who can jump into construction/renovation. Also I'm weirdly thrilled that there is at least one other person out there who chose that particular color for her kitchen walls. 1 agrees Reply Beautiful interior! I love the yellow kitchen. =) Maybe try adding some personal touches to it? It looks mostly big and empty because there isn't too much decor in the house. Like maybe try to find some paintings at a thrift store or add a cute fuzzy rug? My guy is a gearhead too, and some of his ideas to incorporate car parts into decor have been pretty nifty. Like he took a roush wheel, flipped it on it's side, placed a round piece of glass on top and voila, instant side table of awesome-ness. I think there's a show on speed channel that did the same thing with an old engine. 0 agree Reply Thanks for featuring my home!! I wish I was able to post on the day that it was featured but I was in the hospital (don't fall down.. it hurts!) Some day, I will have some more photos of our new home. It is nothing like this one but it's beautiful as well! 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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