Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Staircase Saga

When we looked at our house it was empty which made it more appealing and easy to picture ourselves living in it. What it didn't do was let us know how much of a disaster a certain staircase would pose to us.
Eric's parents were nice enough to offer us two of their couches they weren't using to put in our basement. Naturally we were pretty excited seeing as we were going from a 1 floor apartment to a 3 floor townhouse and didnt have eough furniture or money to fill the new rooms.
Well lets just say neither of them made it down the stairs. We even sawed the legs off of one of them to try and make it fit-but no luck. We did acquire a little extra space though with a new hole in the wall!
Finally after a couple weeks of sitting on the floor to watch tv and then on the couch cushions from one of the non-fitting couches (which would become our make shift couch for a solid month) we broke down and bought a sectional (after measuring carefully). Eric rented a truck to pick it up and his dad came over to help him take it down the stairs. After lots of sweating and cursing we still did not have a couch downstairs. But we did have a new hole in the wall! And were out the money it cost to rent the truck.
Here is the evidence:

We continued our search through every furniture store within an hours drive and found one we thought would work out so i called the next day and reserved it. well we got cold feet and decided not to buy it because we werent for sure it would fit. Then we found another one that we were pretty sure would but it was a special order and we couldnt return it if it didnt. After much debating we took the jump and bought it. We also paid for them to deliver because eric couldnt take trying to get another couch down those stupid stairs. (why is an only 10 yr old house built so stupidly?) we were pretty nervous when it came and I hid upstairs the whole time because I knew I would have a nervous break down if it didnt.
Well by some miracle it fit!!! So after 4 couches, a little sawdust, 2 holes in the wall, some money lost, much pain(in the neck and in the rump) and lost sleep we are so happy to have something to sit on down there! Now if I could just get my hands on some money to decorate...

11 comments:

Serena Cherry said...

It looks so nice! Hooray for you guys! That is so nice. Finally. I am so glad the headache is over. I'm sure the place looks great!

Heather said...

hahaha oh dear, Hilary, what an ordeal!!! And I hear that those aren't the only things that had a 'er... 'rough trip' down the stairs... does your dryer work?

It looks really good down there Hilary, I really need you to come & decorate my home, I am NOT kidding.

Bethany said...

Sheesh! What a nightmare!

Sommer said...

We have the exact same stupid stair problem in our town home!! Thank goodness we have a sliding door in the basement and live on the end cause I don't know what we would have done! Your sofa looks soooo nice I love it! All our funiture except for out kitchen table is second hand from craig's list, the penny saver,or people giving us their old stuff. I dream of some day having the money to buy new stuff that I actually pick out and not just settle on. I thought it was funny how you hid upstairs because you were so nervous about it not fitting, I would totally be like that too!

Megan and Jonny said...

Oh, goodness. I feel your pain. We ended up just walking ours all around the group of townhomes and taking it through the basement door (we have a walkout). No way that thing was going to fit downstairs. I do like your couch, though!

Ryan and Jacquie said...

oh i'm so glad one finally fit. it's looks super nice, hil!!! i wanna see the rest :)

Kimberly said...

haha poor eric having to move the couches...poor you having to deal with it...im sorry i missed the show...the couch looks good!

chlojo said...

Love the sofa! The holes make me laugh. We got a few scrapes on our door frame when our fridge was delivered. It was 31 inches and so was our door frame. Barely fit! Whew!

It was so fun to see you last night. Thank you so much for coming. Keep in touch, PLEASE! Miss you!

Carl and Mel said...

What a pain!!! I am so sorry. I would be so nervous too. I love the new couch. Good job! That is a great story!

Shawn and Krystal said...

loved this little story ha ha...it sounds all too familiar with almost all of our moves SOMETHING never seems to fit right. We had trouble fitting our king size bed, I was sure the movers were not going to be able to get it up stairs...but with some bending, and pushing they finally were able to get it in..I couldn't stand watching!

Ku'ulei said...

yikes! ah, the fun of moving furniture...! We might move to Maryland!? I want to live by you guys if we do. It would be so fun!!