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So we start...

First off, let's give everyone a little background. Brian and I bought 3922 in December 2003, just 6 months after getting married. We knew we wanted to get into the housing market, and that we'd have to look at a fixer-upper in order to buy inside the Beltway. Inside the Beltway... what an interesting concept! Anyone who lives in DC will sympathize with our plight- Brian works in Fairfax, VA, and I work in Gaithersburg, MD. The west side of the city was far too expensive, so we wound up on the east side- not ideal, but we found this old house that we really liked, so we went for it.

We bought in Michigan Park, near Brookland/Catholic University and are lucky to have a cute neighborhood with nice neighbors. Here is a Frappr map of where 3922 is located and if you zoom out two levels, then you can see how far Brian and I work from each other... Ugh.

Last spring we started our search for an architect to guide us through the maze of exactly how one goes about ripping a house apart. The goal was- renovate the kitchen, renovate the master bath, add central air, finish the basement. Phew. That's enough to make anyone's head spin! We found our architect and put a deposit down in the summer, and then we officially began the design process in October 2005.

At this point, we've met a zillion times, gone over countless iterations of the drawings, purchased most all of the supplies (other then construction supplies like drywall) that we'll need, been permitted (YAY! No small feat in DC), set up timelines for construction, and had our initial meeting with our construction foreman. Demolition is set to begin on Monday, February 18.

I'll add some pre-demolition pictures this weekend, and then try to update at least once a week...

YEah :) another house blog :)

Can't wait to see the progress!

Good luck! I just finished some similar renovations. A good place for getting rid of (and possibly finding) fixtures, doors and other construction supplies is the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Alexandria (they do pick up from some locations).

Also, if you end up doing some of the work yourself, or want more information, try askthebuilder.com.

How awesome. What a great house. As a DC native, I think you've done well! Can't wait to see the results!

Good luck with your venture, or should I say adventure. I am a designer and builder, with 25 years of construction/renovation/and restoration work, located in Fawn Grove, PA, though a good portion of my work is in the MD/DC/VA/DE areas. I also own and operate an architectural salvage company, here in Fawn Grove. If at any time I can be of service, whether it be consulting, advice, or design questions(free over the phone or email) please don't hesitate to get in touch with me. You can contact me at 717-382-1133 or email me at drewman59@hotmail.com.

Another place to donate and get salvaged fixtures/construction supplies is Community Forklift at 4671 Tanglewood Drive in Edmonston, MD (near Bladensburg & Hyattsville). It's closer to NE DC than than ReStore in Alexandria, which is also a great place.

Good luck.

Ooh - fun!!

Wow! Lots of work going on!!! Loving it!

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