Adventures in Landscaping

If you haven’t noticed from some of our more recent photos, one thing that our house didn’t come with is a lawn! So this past weekend we set about remedying that situation. We originally were going to go all-out and purchase sod (same-day lawn!), but after talking to a couple professionals, we realized that, in addition to being a huge savings, our lawn will be higher quality in the long term if we went with seed.

Troy also got a new toy (a weed whipper) and he worked on taming some of the brush at the treeline while the two landscapers worked on prepping the yard for seed. It took all day, but by the end we had grass seed! Hi, future grass babies!

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A Rundown of our Appliance Selections

It’s been quite the whirlwind since we moved into the house — unpacking, deliveries, decorating, organizing, maintenance visits, and tons of shopping, all while holding down our normal jobs, of course. Add into that my best friend’s wedding and a work trip to Europe and I’m still trying to get my head to stop spinning!

So many fun, amazing things, but it hasn’t given me a lot of time to sit down and write about our move and some of the early decisions we’ve made as we’ve begun to settle in to our new home.

One of the very first things we did after closing was order our appliances. Since we essentially started staying at the house the moment we got the keys, we were without appliances for nearly a week — thank goodness for the grill we had in storage (and takeout, obvi), or else we would have starved.

The majority of our appliances were ordered on Friday and arrived the following Thursday. A good friend extended us his GE employee discount, which was great because we were already a big fan of GE appliances as they had a lot of the features we were looking for in their products. We got our fridge, gas range, dishwasher, and washing machine from him.

Our dryer and microwave were purchased at a local store called Big George’s. If you are in the Ann Arbor area, I cannot recommend Big George’s enough. Their salesmen are friendly, knowledgeable, and very low-pressure. Their customer service is great, delivery was seamless, and their prices are the best around.

We picked up the TV and microwave on the day that we moved and had the dryer delivered and installed. Troy installed the microwave above the range himself without too much difficulty.

I wanted to give a quick run-down of the appliances we purchased and why — they are going to likely make quite a few appearances in future posts, so hopefully it will help to have this information all in one place.

First up, the kitchen…

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