Our house has been a work in progress for almost 6 years now, but I can honestly say that I love it! We have used non-toxic products throughout, taking great care to keep our environment healthy. One of the reasons I like to have things at my house is because I can control the environment!
When we moved in, the house was a mess .... and had the smell to prove it! My mom was driving through town and I took her by to see it and she thought we were totally crazy. There's no way to get rid of that smell, she said. Well, we did. And we've been in love every since.
This is the kitchen before we bought it
Master bathroom before remodel
First we hired a contractor, who completely re-worked things for us ... created a laundry room by taking part of a bedroom, moved the kitchen, opened things us. We didn't even move in for 7 months. And when we did, it was far from over, but it had walls, a roof and was, by all practical purposed, livable.
Livable but unfinished
We've gradually completely things as we saved up money. Along the way we've taken great care to use non-toxic products like denim insulatio & low VOC paint and avoid toxic materials like MDF. A few years ago we added a whole house HEPA air filter to keep the air pure and help with my chemical sensitivities Of course, we don't use any chemical cleaners or personal products, but we wanted to be able to filter the air since we can't control what other people wear. It enables us to control our environment!
For my birthday last month, Hubby got me a whole house water filter. I've been wanting one of these since we moved in! We take such care with what put in our house, what we clean with, what we put on our bodies and what we eat, that I always thought we should take care with the water we use -- both in cooking & in bathing. One step further in our non-toxic, healthy haven.
Blogs like Young House Love and A Perfect Gray keep me inspired to be persistent and not give up. I will achieve my dream house with enough time, patience & money. (Being a spoonie, I have to hire out most of the work of course.)
We're finally finished up some of the last things -- the finishing touches I like to call them. Having the baseboards painted, casing around the doors and windows caulked, sealed & painted, adding crown molding, etc. Then we can move on to things like decorating and buying furniture ... and I can't wait for the finished product!