Renovation Roadtrip: Turtle House

Since I was a terrible blogger while on the road and only gave updates while sitting in traffic, it's about time that I finally caught you up on all the fun we had with all of the amazing bloggers we were lucky enough to visit.

So let's get started. After we left Nikki and Marc's in Asheville we headed up to Michigan. It was nice because we had 2 days to get there before we were set to meet Katy and Brandon at Turtle House, so we got to mosey our way up north. After driving like maniacs for the past several days it was nice to take a leisurely cruise.

We were meaning to spend some time in Cinci cruising around, but by the time we found our hotel it was pretty north of the city so we didn't want to double back the next day. Instead, we headed up to Michigan and spent a good amount of time cruising around Ann Arbor. Chris and I really love visiting college towns and Ann Arbor was beautiful. For lunch we ate at the famed Zingerman's, and it didn't disappoint

It was sooooo good. It was also a little expensive, but the people who work there are so friendly and helpful and they let you try pretty much whatever you want, so I really didn't have a problem paying a little extra. After our food coma (a frequent occurrence on our trip as we ate at MANY wonderful places) we cruised around town until Katy and Brandon were done with their classes for the day (they're teachers at a nearby college) and then we met them, and Kit for dinner

(this was a impromptu library - a little basket set up on a pole in someone's yard - take a book and give a book. So cool!)

Dinner with Katy, Brandon and Kit was so much fun. Katy and Brandon's architect came as well as two additional friends. A fun time was had by all. It was amazing how comfortable I felt with all of them right off the bat. They were all so warm and inviting and dinner was filled with lots of laughter. I wish I had gotten pictures of the raucous bunch our table was.

We followed Katy and Brandon home that night and began working on their kitchen backsplash when we finally woke up the next morning (their house was soooo peaceful)

If you don't already know, Katy and Brandon discovered their house because they fell in love with the lot. While the lot is amazingly gorgeous (3 acres right on a river only 5 minutes from town), the house was not. But they were courageous enough to gut the entire thing and build something amazingly beautiful. It's just the right size - welcome and open common areas with cozy bedrooms. Their house is awesome to hang out in, and with an amazing view into the river from 3/4 of the windows in the house, it's impossible not to fall in love

Gorgeous, right?

Alas, we had to continue working.

One of the great things about their place is that it's about 98% complete because they were rockstars while getting it all rebuilt. There are just some finishing touches here and there so Chris and I were happy to help install the tile in their backsplash to call their kitchen done. And because it wasn't too big of a wall area, we were able to knock it out by lunchtime

It was great getting the project finished for them. Well, not completely finished because we didn't get to grout, but Katy texted me a photo 2 days later of her wonderfully beautiful grouted backsplash and it looked pretty fucking marvelous.

The rest of the day was spent visiting and exploring their property. Chris fell in love. Seriously. Ever since we left Michigan he's been bothering me that he wants us to move there. And not even like, "oh that would be so fun," and then that's it. No, it's full on, "look at this land, hmmm, what's the price of that land? How far away is this from the city? Where's the nearest airport?" And on and on. I'm not even kidding. I kept joking with Katy that several days after she thought we both left, Chris would emerge from the trees just behind their house and would knock on their door and say, "Hey, I'm still here!" and be ready to build a little fort in the trees to live. That man fell in love with that area.

And frankly, with this sweet ass view from your own dock, who wouldn't?

It was magical.

Katy and Brandon are two amazingly brave souls who saw the incredibly awesome potential to take a house that had been sitting vacant for many years and turned it into the most awesome casa. And to top it off they are incredibly sweet, welcoming, funny and smart. Chris and I had so much fun getting to talk and visit with them. We talked about movies, sports, houses, school, where we grew up, politics, the country, the city, you name it. Katy even taught us about salamanders and dive bombed a snake when we were walking around (Franca would have been excited)

Their Cletus the Fetus is going to have two awesome parents.

You can read Katy and Brandon's post on their blog about our visit here.
You can read our Tinkernation post about our visit here.
And you can ALSO read our "How to Install a Tile Backsplash" at Bobvila.com here.

We'll be back tomorrow to share with you our visit with Kit over at DIY Diva!


Anonymous said...

What did you eat at Zingerman's? I love that place...I always get the #18.

meryl rose said...

I got Benno's Birdie and I THINK Chris got the Detroit St. BBQ. Oh man it was sooooooooo good.