Did you grow up in a house? I didn’t. I spent my childhood in Taipei, where everyone I knew lived in highrise apartments. Throughout my days in Chicago and DC, I continued to be an apartment dweller.
My first house was an impulse purchase. For the same price as a small DC condo, I could have 2 bedrooms, a basement and a yard? Sold! The day I moved in, my new neighbors pointed out that my gutters were overflowing. I wasn’t sure what they meant.
But over the next few months, I learned to use power tools and got comfortable with climbing extension ladders. I took a woodworking class and a plumbing/electrical repair workshop. I built a catio! My cats thought this was a fine thing.
I made many, many trips to Harbor Freight. If you’ve never been, their closest store is in Georgetown and I’d love to take you there – especially if you’re thinking of making the leap from apartment to single family home. It’s a wonderland of tools that you had no idea you needed – and some that are totally awesome and surprisingly durable. My chop saw, for instance, cost $99 back in 2009. It still works perfectly.