As most of you know, we recently bought a house and we’ve been having loads of fun tweaking things and making it our own. We’ve been busy painting and building and decorating and experimenting for a couple months and we’re finally starting to feel like it’s close to our final vision for the space. We still have a few bigger things on the to-do list like new exterior paint colors, landscape, and some new windows, but we are really happy with how the interior has developed.
One thing we love about home ownership is the complete freedom to do whatever you want with your space, like renting it out on Airbnb. For those who don’t know, Airbnb is one of the poster-child startups of the “sharing economy.” It is essentially a website that allows people to rent out their homes as vacation rentals to strangers. Sarah and I have lots of experience using the guest side of Airbnb as we have stayed in about 20 different Airbnb rentals in numerous countries during our travels, so naturally we were interested in experimenting with the hosting side of Airbnb.
So, about a month ago we created an Airbnb listing and starting booking reservations almost immediately. We were amazed at how quickly we received our first booking request. Since then we’ve had 3 different parties rent our house and it’s been a great experience so far. Everyone has left our place clean and tidy, and the last guest even left 2 desserts from Extraordinary Desserts for us in the fridge!
One of the cool things about being an Airbnb host is that they will send a photographer to your home to take photos of your space for free. Not being ones to turn down awesome things like free professional photos of our home, we had the photographer come out a few weeks ago and the pictures recently went live on the site. Without further ado, here is the Airbnb tour of our home. P.S. Unfortunately Airbnb doesn’t give you the actual photo files so these are low quality screen shots taken from the website.
Well, there you have it. If you’d like to check out our page on Airbnb, you can find it here. And if you’d like to give Airbnb a try, as either a guest or a host, click here (full disclosure: Airbnb will send me some $$$ if you sign up through that link.)
In further Moody household news, I recently created a simple DIY firepit that I think is great for anyone who enjoys sitting around a fire and has space for it.
- washing machine drum
- 36″ angle iron
- small piece of sheet metal
- (12) 1.25″ machine screws & nuts
- High heat spray paint
The main structure of the firepit is the drum from an old washing machine. I had been planning on buying one at a used appliance store (~$20) for a few months but wasn’t in any big rush, and then serendipity struck and Sarah and I stumbled upon this one abandoned in an alley near our home (just like the chair in our last post).
Then I drilled 3 holes in each piece of angle iron, just large enough for the bolts to go through.
The next step was to carefully measure where the 3 legs would be attached to the drum. Measure around the drum, subtract by the width of your angle iron, and then divide by 3 to find the appropriate distance between each leg. Mark out where each leg will go and drill holes in the drum to match the holes in the angle iron. You also will want to cover the big hole in the bottom of the drum with a little sheet metal. Just cut the sheet metal to size with tin-snips and bolt it to the bottom.
Sarah + Denny
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