It was an absolutely insane thing my husband and I did, but it has been such a learning process. Beyond the cliches that everything costs more and takes more time, we learned so much about materials, historical renovations, acid staining concrete, tiling, plumbing, electricity, water heaters, cisterns, gutters, shutters, paint, and the list goes on. The list goes on so much so that I wanted a space to start to not only document this particular renovation (I'm working on another one that you can check out here www.thehousethatfreedombuilt.com), but I also wanted a space to talk about what we plan on doing with the renovation, which is a seasonal/vacation rental, hence, the name of our blog. Currently, we use three sites to market our vacation rental: vrbo.com, flipkey.com and airbnb.com. However, in none of those platforms is there a space for me to say:
"Oh my, we met the coolest couple from Sweden this week and we took them for a walk of town and got caught in the rain and it was lovely!"
"I'm going to reupholster the dining room chairs, and check out the YouTube video I used to figure out how to do it."
"We just redid our staircases and they look nice, BUT, if I had the budget, here are some pictures of historic staircases that I would have loved to have done."
wanted a space to talk about our rentals, what it's like do vacation rentals, and if you are a potential guest, to talk about my beloved St. Croix from a locals point of view and to give you an idea as to why our particular rental is so special.
So, I look forward to seeing where this process leads me.
Into 2014 with gusto!!!!