Just Sign There, and There, and There, and There and There and There…
When I started writing this blog, I set out to write at least one entry per week. That hasn’t quite happened. Why, you ask? Well there’s this Herculean time-suck called house hunting which results in the abandonment of all that’s dear to you, even your sanity. I haven’t seen as much of my dear friends as I’ve wanted. My parents are quite sick of hearing about ancient furnaces, low-flow plumbing, and shoddy tiles. And not being able to clothes or shoe shop the way I want for summer is a little depressing, but it’s all in the name of home ownership so I’ll quit whining and be grateful.
After visiting over 30 houses in person and looking at hundreds online, we have found our first home! Can I get a “woot woot”? Thank you. It’s perfect for us. It meets Adam’s criteria of having a big yard and a few projects. It meets my criteria because it won’t be an eternal construction zone, it looks pretty, and there are MULTIPLE (gasp!) walk-in closets. It meets a lot of our shared criteria because the price was WAY right, the location is fantastic, the layout is functional (Which you will discover is not a guarantee in a house. We saw some pretty weird floor plans). There’s a two-car garage. It is within walking distance of great parks (yes, plural). And it’s proximity to shopping and the interstate is hard to beat.
Here are a few pictures of our lovely house. There’s a lot that we plan to do, but we don’t want to make any major changes until we’ve lived in it awhile. I’m sure I will chronicle our home improvement adventures here. But for now, look at the house that we got in all its closing day glory.
I took these pictures right after we gained possession of the house. I wanted to capture all the “before” shots I could: the paint colors, the “retro bathrooms with original tiles” (You’ll hear that a lot when looking at older homes. Translation: ugly, outdated bathrooms), the 1970s entryway tile which is fairly new (EW!), the very functional and large kitchen, the brand-new deck, the stellar back yard, the not-so-stellar front yard… Well, you can see it for yourself. I will note that I found Jesus in that entryway tile. Seriously, His face is there. Now I’ll feel a little bad about ripping it out of there.
The bathrooms, the paint, and the entry tile don’t scare us – well except for that face. We are very excited about making design decisions that will turn this house into our home. Plus, we consider ourselves to be pretty handy since we are the spawn of incredibly handy parents. You inherit handiness, right? I’ve always thought so.
So this is our house. We are so excited. We’ve already started to clean, paint, and tackle the yard. We hope to have a big party in the next month regardless of how the inside of the house looks. We’re envisioning something casual in the backyard since the house will be pretty chaotic for a while. I see Bocce Ball, barbecue, iced down beers, and a long table full of people we love. And you get to use the Pepto bathroom. Perfect.