Who are we?
I’m Koen. I’m an engineer, with a love for cars, trains, music and much more. In my spare time, I mostly work on or around the house (or on this site). Just imagine what massive black hole I’ll fall into if ever the house is finished. Luckily I still have other interests. Sometimes I manage to squeeze together enough time to spin the decks or or go scuba diving.
And I am Chrisje. I’m an archeologist by education, have a teaching degree as well, but work for the big bad banking industry (don’t tell anyone, please). In my spare time I like planning stuff (a lot), but I’m also big on cooking, decorating rooms and so on… And last but not least, I’m a born actress (according to Koen), playing in a local theatre company.
We both like to travel, but are also quite fond of our own house. Travelling destination by far for us is Italy, a lovely country with great food (pasta! pizza! wine!), masses of culture, lovely people, … Unfortunately, most of those speak Italian, Italian and maybe a tiny bit of Italian… You catch my drift, if you want to have any conversation at all, you’ll have to be able to speak at least a bit of Italian. So we subscribed for classes, one evening a week, learning Italian. Right now we’ve passed three year already, only four or so left to go! Unfortunately there were no classes organised in our town this year, so we had to put this on hold for a year at least.
It all started way way back in 2007. We hadn’t even met yet. Koen’s parents had acquired the old family home and wanted to convert it.
And then they decided to do most of it themselves. BAM! Everything ruined! Or not…
Well, at least that’s how I got bitten by the bug called DIY renovation. Tearing stuff up, putting wiring and plumbing in place, drywall, tiling, you name it I’ve done it. Except for planning. That part was done by an architect, and my parents. Very instructive, but I’m not the kind of person that enjoys doing what other people plan week after week, month after month. It did provide me the insight that I am capable of and enjoy the whole fixing-up-a-house-thing.
In the meantime we had met. When the first apartment in the renovation was done (or at least nearly done), we moved in and started our living-happily-together-life. Chrisje got a taste of the renovating life as well, and we started dreaming about our own house. Very soon though we came to realise that if we’d ever wanted to own our dream house, we’d have to make some big decisions:
- What size of house do we want? How many rooms?
- How big a yard do we like it to have?
- Are we looking for something finished, or not at all?
And of course those are nearly mutually exclusive, so we dove head first into the search for something that would fulfill our space request, and delve into fixing it up ourselves. Head first. You can read about that search right here.
Today we’re the very proud owners of our own house. We’re working hard on making it our own home. Sometimes things go fast, sometimes things stall. That’s the way it goes. But every baby step we make, we’re getting closer. Feel free to sign up to our news letter to stay informed of the latest news and things we do:
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