*updated since original post : edited pictures*
As I type this up on my iPhone I’m sitting next to our sweet Brody who has been in the hospital now for 3 days for belly issues. He’s doing fantastic but they may want us to stay through the weekend! A very tired mom and dad and anxious Brody hope that we’ll be released earlier than expected! Here is a post I started on Tuesday before all of this – hope you enjoy the sneak peek! By the way – this momma has zero time for spell check today so word-nerds … Relax!
My word, two weeks have past since Brody’s birthday post, and since that very day our lives took a complete spin. FINALLY, we can spill the beans that we have had to keep our lips shut about for over a month now. We worked SO hard for this moment to happen, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that we bought our forever home!
We’ve been through the home buying process once before, so we really were not worried a drop about the process. We knew it would take a while to find just the right one, at just the right price, that needs just the right amount of work. You all know about the one house that fell through, that the owner would never budge on the price for us? Well, after this house we have now, I cannot believe we even put an offer in on the last one.
Our new house sent us through a complete tail spin though. There were LOTS of kinks, time spent waiting on answers and approvals, emails flying in left and right, and our stress meter was about to burst. Nearly every day we had the reality that this deal could have very well of fallen through. Just like we had hoped, like we knew deep down inside, this house was meant to be ours. It was the very first house we looked at with our realtor, and every house after that we barely wanted to look at. THIS house, was IT!
What were we looking for in a house, you ask? Or don’t, ha, but I’ll answer anyway. There were a few “we cannot live without” items on our list.
- 4 bedroom (either for future babes, or dan’s office)
- 2 + bath (with two boys that coat a bathroom in tinkle in a flash, it was a must
- large back yard
- a “great room” or larger family room for gatherings
- a home that needs TLC – nothing beats a home that has love poured into every nook
- a must, without question is character – give us the woodwork, details, and good bones!
For as much as we love decor, and renovating, we are far from picky with house hunting. Surprisingly, every newer build made us cringe, even though for most the comfort of knowing everything is done is a must. The wall paper, ugly countertops, icky carpet all makes us squeal with joy. This home was meant for us. Top to bottom. It was one the market for a long while, thank goodness everyone else said no, scared to tackle to projects, because it was a big YES from the moment we pulled into the drive.
Last week, during what could have been one of the worst snow storms we’ve seen this winter, we got the word that it was time to close on the house. Dan and I were slap happy. Like, pick our jaws up off the ground, wipe your tears, is this real happy. We feel extremely blessed and lucky to have snagged this one. We spent this past week starting some of the demolition. And we cannot wait to share pictures with you of the progress. We have a chaotic few weekends ahead of us to get this house “move in ready” for our family.
Pictures? You bet, here they are!
Our home during the darling snow storm. Cant you just picture the wreaths wrapped in lights hanging on the windows during the holiday season? And the chairs to rock in on the front porch? We’ll be sipping sweet tea and chatting with the neighbors like were straight out of a book. No really, we will.
Here is the house without powder. The yard, front and back needs a laundry list of landscaping done. So far on the list, tree removal (some, not all) flower beds, garden in back, and an entire new front porch. I know, I know, that’s the cutest part about the house, but that is also the main reason as to why this home never sold. More on that later
Trees anyone? Thank nature for our cozy fires we’ll be having with all of the trees that will give their lives for our fireplace next winter.
Love the color red? Then your eyes will be a mile wide with this barn red trim that is throughout nearly the entire home. Another reason as to why it probably did not sell (SO much painting to be done) Our entry way is spacious, with a stairwell directly in front, our dining to our right and living room to the left. The tile will stay, for a while. The red paint will be short-lived.
This our living room, off to the left. Two large windows, aching for window treatments. Unfortunately, this room also came with a lifetime supply of cat pee. The corners under the carpet were soaked. Gag worthy is an understatement. I could gather all of the boys dirty diapers from their entire life into one room and it wouldn’t compare to that cat smell. Needless to say, flooring will be removed and cat-smell-be-gone!
Off to the right, our dining room. With two identical windows and a longing for white wood work.
Straight back is the kitchen, I wish I would have gotten better pictures. But, for now this will do. A few cabinets will be coming down, to open up to the nice eat in nook we have right next to the island, bring more light in from the bay window.
This is me standing in the nook. As you can see, a ton of mismatched wood work, and fancy 70’s stamp work, but a nice lay out connecting each room.
Sorry this picture is so dark, we had the kids with us so taking our time for pictures was not a priority! But thankfully, this nook is the perfect fit for our old kitchen table + chairs. Bright, and cozy, that’s how I picture this future space!
And here is the one of the top ten things we love about this home. The family room! Here I am standing in the back-end of this room. Behind me is a wood burning fire-place, and as you’ll see in pictures below. This room is splattered with character. Gorgeous built in’s (white paint coming) and barn beams on the ceiling. We are in love.
The pic above is after we got the keys and the room was emptied. You get a better feel for the space! We also have a laundry room and 1/2 bath on the first floor, convenient convenient!
Going up …
A nice wide hallway, which is a super plus for us. Our last house had a barely there hallway so this breathing room will be appreciated when were scrambling to get ready in the am!
Master Bedroom, with an attached bath and walk in closet. This room has big plans, that we will tackle bit by bit.
There are 3 more bedrooms, pictures to come without all the clutter from the original post!
Now we just have to get our little one healthy and rejuvenate ourselves so we can tackle this project ! We are pumped to move in, kick up our feet and take in all that we worked so hard for!