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Do you dream about houses?

Published March 4, 2012 by housecrazy

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

Probably the most common thing that I dream about is houses.

Last night I had a dream that my sister and I were climbing up on a ladder to see the roof of a house and we got caught by the police. I had just wanted to see what material the roof was made of on some random house so I dragged my sister and a ladder along and just crawled right on up. (This is a dream, remember). But of course, we got caught. And arrested. The cop laughed when I told him that I just really loved houses and that I was going to take pictures of the roof for my house blog. (I’m serious – that was my dream last night.)

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Kids and old houses: Don’t try this at home

Published February 15, 2012 by housecrazy

my kiddos

The first time I owned an old house, my son was just an infant. Now he is six and I have a two-year-old. Living in an old house with two very active, exuberant, destructive young children is making me old and grey before my time.

In fact, I often liken our house to an old, old woman when I explain to my kids how we need to treat her.

Would you jump on an old lady that way?”

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The truth about owning an old house

Published January 26, 2012 by housecrazy

I want an old house with character.”

That was me… before. Before actually owning an old house.

As mom always said, “be careful what you wish for.”

Yes, I love old houses. But actually owning one, and taking care of one, is a pain-in-the-a**!

My 1870’s Gothic Revival in Canon City is not my first old house.

In 2004 we bought a 1904 worker’s bungalow that was cute but in need of some love:

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

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An ugly truth: house abuse

Published January 12, 2012 by housecrazy

photo credit: Brian Ray (from

There are few things I hate more than house abuse. (With the exceptions of child, woman & animal abuse – of course.)

We’ve all seen them before. Those completely trashed houses that an angry owner walked away from under duress, or the vacant house that became a party crash-pad like the unfortunate one above.

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You are entering the dark and wanton world of a house addict…

Published January 8, 2012 by housecrazy

Well hello there friends and fellow house addicts. If you are reading this, my first post, then we can make the assumption that you are interested in houses. Lots of people are. I read blogs all the time about houses, house decorating, house renovating, house hunting and house admiring. But how far will you go to get your house fix? If you tend to wander into the realm of crazy, obsessive house fanatic – dream about houses at night, run red lights because you are busy gawking at houses, have heart palpitations when you spot a for sale sign – then this is the place for you.

My plan is to feature unique, beautiful and bizarre houses from around my neighborhood and around the world. I will also share my funny/crazy anecdotes of house-hunting (which I do obsessively) and house-renovating (which I do reluctantly because it takes away from my house-gazing time). Join me for discussions about how house-love has affected your life and your sanity. This will be a sort-of group therapy session for those who can never get enough of houses. (Did I mention that I used to be a social worker?)

I am uber-hyped to share all my house fixations with you and welcome you into my own unique home: an 1870’s brick Gothic Revival!

I call her Anna Maria, or, more affectionatly: Ye Olde Money Pit

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

I will share pics here and embellish my blog as I learn the many intricacies of the technical side of blogging. It will probably take me a while to get the hang of it, I’m one of those techno idiots who doesn’t know an HTML from a J-PEG.

I also wanted to give a shout-out to my inspiration, Julia, over at – her Hooked on Houses site was the first blog I ever read about houses and is now a solid part of my daily routine (up there with brushing my teeth, consuming my morning OJ, and scanning the new MLS listings). I thought Julia’s concept and blog were brilliant and I thought I could add a little something to the house-blogging world by taking the reader into the darker side of house love.

In the near future, look for posts on: my first (house) love; the ones that got away; house-hunting nightmares; and the truth about owning an old house.

So please join me as I share my journey into and through house insanity, and know that you are not alone.