Moved in

So we found our place and have been getting settled in for about a month. I think we are all realizing that settling in here will take a little more time than we had initially anticipated. In the U.S.  we would find an apartment, rent a truck and move in. If we needed to pick up a couple other things we would hop in our cars and go pick them up any day of the week. Besides not having a car and stores not being open on Sundays (which is actually nice until you realize you are out of something, you need to finish a project, or have no food in the house), apartments do not always come ready for you in the same way we are accustomed to.

This is how our ceiling looked when we moved in. No lights, but lots of wires waiting.

This is how our ceiling looked when we moved in. No lights, but lots of wires waiting.

For example, apartments do not always come with light fixtures. Ours had holes cut in the ceiling for each light fixture and had the wires hanging down ready for us to find lights for it. It is a good thing that Denny is comfortable doing these things!

Denny hard at work putting in the recessed lighting.

Denny hard at work putting in the recessed lighting.

Sweet success!

Sweet success!

Another example: apartments do not always come fitted with a kitchen. Well, sometimes they do but only if the previous tenant left theirs behind, which is not very common from what we saw. The theory, as best as I understand, is that you bought a kitchen you liked and so of course you would want to move it with you to your next home. We now know several stores that have kitchens available. We also now understand better how much a full and functional kitchen actually costs. We went the creative rout and though slower than I would have liked it was still faster than ordering a new kitchen that would have been custom fitted for our home. We chose to spend time scouring classified ads to find a kitchen that we liked and would fit in the opening available. We found it!

Original kitchen

Original kitchen

Denny and a few other people we work with in Berlin moved a kitchen into our place! Since then we have been spending time  getting it put together so we can begin entertaining in our house. I have missed cooking and having people over for meals and dessert so much since we moved out of our home in January. I cannot wait for it to begin again! It is in, but not finished. We need a counter top that works with our layout (the holes for the sink and oven in the right spots), a sink and faucet, and the upper cabinets will need be lowered because I’m just not tall enough for them as they hang today;)

So close!

So close!

 

One thought on “Moved in

  1. You basically just described what it is like to move into an apartment in France! Wires dangling from ceiling holes, an empty room they call a kitchen, and searching classified ads rather than shelling out for a custom cut setup. We did all of that here. Now that we finally have a car we think, “well this would have been easier if we had the car first.” As Red Green would say, “Remember, I’m pullin’ for ya; we’re all in this together.”

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