Wednesday, June 11, 2008

and we'll plant veggies and raise chickens and sit in our rockers on the porch and watch the sun go down . . .

So, maybe not the chickens, and our porch is only about 3 feet square and doesn't face the sunset but WE'RE BUYING A HOUSE!!!! I've been saving up a bunch of blog time because this is gonna be a long one but we wanted to show you the place. 4 Bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 living rooms (kind of), huge laundry room and more storage than we've had in all our other places combined. I told Kev we'll have to go out and but stuff just to use the storage . . . he wasn't thrilled. We're closing on June 30 and are currently waiting on the appraisal but when that comes back as long as it appraises right it'll be a done deal. Kev went to the home inspection yesterday and took these photos for me . . . I was home with the kiddos . . . and the inspector guy said there's nothing wrong with the place, just some maintenance stuff that needs to be done and little quirks that come with an older home (built in 1953).

So, the moment you've been waiting for -

Ta -Daaaaaah!!!

A walking tour of our house:

This is from the front door, looking thru the first living room into the sunken second. Hardwoods in the first and new carpet in the second. The second has a pellet stove and instead of brick the whole wall/chimney part is rock. I love the sunken part . . . very 1970's which is my favorite decade.

This is from the sunken living room looking back at the front door area. The bedrooms and baths are down the hallway in the right corner of the photo, and that half wall is the staircase to the downstairs. Notice the fabulous yellow wall . . . must have been just waiting for me to come and live here!!!
This is from the sunken LR looking into the dining room. Never had a dining room before . . . we'll have to get some chairs for our table. The sliding door leads to the back deck and 2 back yards . . . but we'll get to that in a minute.
From the dining room to the kitchen; dishwasher and stove and fridge come with; all new flooring and cabinets just put in for the guy to sell the house. Next to the slider there is a hallway that leads to the master bed and bath.
Master bedroom. Yes, that is cedar paneling painted what could only be called a faded version of mauve . . . who paints cedar!!??!?!?! . . .with wine carpet. Ghastly. But we'll get it changed out as the money becomes available. Huge room, tho. And that slider leads right onto the deck.
Also in the master is a little wood stove. . . we'll see if we use it . . . seems a huge danger to little toddler hands, etc. And two separate HUGE closets. And half of our inspector guy.
Directly connected to the master is what will be Josiah's room. It has a door to our room and a door to the hallway. No, I didn't dink around with the color . . . yes, it is painted an awful peach-orange color. That will be gone before we move in.
Next down the hall is what will be Gennie's room. Can you believe they CHOSE that carpet!?!!? It's gonna take a ton of primer to get rid of that blue wall because she wants the walls the green color from her color scheme . . . I vetoed the whole room pink because with all the pink in the scheme I would have to put on goggles just to go in her room.
The two bathrooms are both upstairs but I didn't put in the pix of them . . . who hasn't seen a bathroom? And now we head down the stairs into the basement. Bear with me, that paneling gets much, much worse but we have plans to fix that very soon.
Told you it gets worse. Kinda looks like what I would imagine living inside a tree trunk would look like. This is the great room downstairs, and that door in the next photo leads to the 4th bedroom, also paneled but just the regular kind.
And apparently they couldn't find enough of that tree bark paneling . . . around the bedroom doorway they used square pieces of it in a checkerboard design. It's hard to be down there for very long without going a little dizzy with the grain pattern. Oh well, it's coming out very soon.
This laundry room is thru a door across from the futon the the last photo. This is only half of it. It has this much again, then a door that leads to a separate storage room full of built in shelves. Yay, places to put stuff away!!!
See that door in the back of the last photo? That leads to this:A staircase that leads to the ceiling. I guess it used to be like a storm cellar staircase that lead to the outside but when they changed what was the garage . . . TINY . . . into the sunken LR and added the dining room, they cemented over the outside door so this doesn't go anywhere. Fun, tho!
This is the deck and the 2 backyards. That fence on the right separates the 2 parts and that over there will be Maggie's yard. It has 2 sheds for yard stuff and in the very back you can see the outdoor fireplace BBQ. The chimney is falling apart but the grate is still there and it's still usable if we want to.

This is Maggie's yard, and we get to keep all that flagstone to use in the yard! At the very front of the fence, like right where Kev was standing to that the picture, is the gate into the other part of the yard where the deck is.

This is the other part of the yard, taken from the deck. Plenty of room for the sand box and swingset. And that back fence is actually about 4 feet from the actual back fence and conceals a huge planter box area that runs the width of the yard. Not sure why they put up the front fence to cover it but at least we can plant back there if we want.

The yard needs some work obviously but we'll get to that as we can. We're soooooo excited to finally be buying our own home after 8 long, long years of renting. And this place needs a little work but it's mostly cosmetic so we'll just have a running lists of projects to be working on.

And Kev forgot to take a picture of the front of the house so I'll post that later, after the next time we go by there.

Anyway, I told you it was gonna be a long post so hopefully you're still with me. I'll keep you posted as we get closer to closing and moving day - we're looking at moving our stuff in on July 4-5. Guess it's a good thing we didn't have plans for 4th of July weekend!

1 comment:

Katrina said...

how exciting! I wish we could buy a house! =) Congratulations!