Hi there, my fiance and I are new homeowners. We had planned to buy a condo, but houses in Pittsburgh are pretty cheap, so we now own a 4 bedroom fixer-upper. The house is probably the ugliest on the block right now, but it's a beautiful neighborhood. We keep taking the next ugliest thing and making it look better, so our house follows the "law of diminishing ugly".
The house is 85 years old, saltbox architecture. It has a few beautiful features (hardwood floors throughout and huge leaded glass windows with a dark hardwood framing) and a lot of things that make us scream (Who thought acoustic ceiling tiles in the ENTIRE house was a good idea? Why are there 6 layers of paint covering a hardwood bookshelf? Why, why, why, does my bathroom look like a high school locker room with little blue and white tiles on the CEILING!?) Most of our renovations have been hitting Ctrl-Z on whatever the previous owners have done. There's been a lot of demolition and paint stripping.
Every day we find some new surprise, so it's been fun. We are quickly hitting the point where we need more advice though, hence coming to the forum. I apologize for our complete ignorance if we don't use the right terminology! 50% of the things we find are still described with the words "thingy" and "dohickey".