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The joys (and woes) of home ownership

Posted: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

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Lake Norman Magazine Editor Sam Boykin

Sam Boykin has been covering the Lake Norman area for the past seven years, as a freelance writer and now as editor of Lake Norman Magazine. He's lived in Mooresville since 2007. Reach him at LNMag@lakenormanmagazine.com.

It was supposed to take about six weeks. But nearly three months later we were still living in the middle of a construction site and had spent nearly double what we had originally planned. Ah, the joys of home ownership.

It had all seemed like a great idea back in 2007 when my wife and I bought the two-story bungalow in Mooresville. It had an expansive front porch, fenced-in backyard full of trees, and was within walking distance of Mooresville’s historic downtown. It was also over 100 years old, and while it had all the charming features of a historic house, it also needed some work. So we knew what we were getting into, but what we envisioned as a fun and exciting project quickly overwhelmed us.

But we did indeed eventually finish all the renovations, and emerged from the process a little wiser — and a lot poorer. But our experience is hardly unique. For most of us, buying a house is the biggest investment we’ll ever make, and we often pour our hearts, souls and dollars into making it our refuge, which is the theme of this month’s issue.

For our cover story, Rhiannon Bowman writes about a Mooresville couple that spent nearly four years renovating their turn-of-the-century home. And Jarvis Holliday writes about a Huntersville homeowner who transformed a former “man cave” into a modern, sophisticated retreat.

Rhiannon and Jarvis are among several new writers you’ll see in the pages of Lake Norman Magazine in the coming months. They, along with several talented long-time contributors, are part of my mission to expand and improve the magazine, and bring readers great stories they won’t find anywhere else.

Also be sure to check out our website (lakenormanmagazine.com) for local deals, events, and resources, as well as new blogs covering everything that makes Lake Norman unique. And don’t stop there: Join us on Facebook (facebook.com/lakenormanmagazine) for weekly contests, giveaways and story updates.

As we continue to roll out changes in the magazine and online, please don’t hesitate to send me your questions, concerns, gripes—and heartfelt praise! 2012 is already shaping up to be a great year, and all of us here are working hard to make sure Lake Norman Magazine becomes an increasingly valuable and must-read resource for everyone who loves this community.

Sam Boykin, Editor

LNMag@lakenormanmagazine.com

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