Finally getting these posted.
A couple of things though...
I shot all these with a wide angle lens which makes the house look enormous (it's not). Although the house does kind of seem enormous to us (it's about 2200 sq. ft. in comparison to the 1300 sq. ft. house we're in now).
And I wasn't really worrying about composition, exposure, etc. when I was taking these shots (just wanted to quickly document what the house looks like)...so they're not all that impressive.
We had actually put in a couple of offers on some property to build on last year but for various reasons, none of them ever panned out. So after getting discourage with the whole process, we just quit looking for awhile.
It must have been towards the end of October that we decided to completely give up on the idea of building our own house. We just decided that we didn't need that kind of stress and chaos in our lives. We also decided that as much as we wanted some acreage, what we really needed was simplicity (something that was close to school, close to Josh's work, close to the grocery store, etc.).
So we decided to start looking at houses in town.
That same night, I feel asleep on the couch while Josh was working on the computer. When I got up to get in bed, Josh said "Hey, come here for a minute." Then he hesitated and said "No, forget it." Then he hesitated again and said "Ok, I'm kind of scared to show this to you, but come here." (He was scared to show it to me because he knew if I saw it that it was going to be our house).
So he showed me the house.
I dreamed about it the whole night.
And my mom and I were standing in the yard the next morning while we called the real estate agent to see if he could let us in.
We put an offer on it the next day and it closed about four weeks later (had hoped it would close in time for us to have Thanksgiving over there but it didn't close until a few days after).
Here's the rest of the place...
That's the front door into the living room (remember...it's NOT that big) and that's the master bedroom with the french doors (there's actually two identical doors when you walk onto the front porch; one goes into the living room and the other one goes into our bedroom). You can see the stairwell over in the corner too. I'll probably end up changing the color in there.
That's the master bedroom with the matching front door. The other door goes into the bathroom.
And that's the bathroom. Love the tile but going to repaint (the red is just too dark and makes the bathroom look really small).
There's a toilet and a shower in here.
Ok, back to the living room.
There's pocket doors between the living room and the dining room.
Yes, pocket doors (probably my favorite thing about the house).
And that's Josh and Josh's Mom in the dining room (I already repainted in there).
Actually...that built-in with the glass cabinets is actually my favorite thing about the house (it's two sided with one side in the dining room and the other side in the kitchen).
That's the kitchen straight ahead and the laundry room off to the right.
I removed that wallpaper already and Josh took out the sink and counter-tops. Lots of work to do in here though.
And that's the pantry off of the kitchen (those two cabinets on the right hand side are old, pull-out potato bins...which might also be my favorite thing about the house).
That's the laundry room (again, it's not that big) and that's another bathroom back there. This is all an add-on (which is why there's a window between the kitchen and the laundry room - going to remove it though).
That's the staircase (which has two entrances; one from the kitchen and one from the living room).
If you turn left after you get up the stairs it takes you to...
My office/scrapbook room!!! Going to paint in there too - probably just white (I love white).
Next to my office/scrapbook room is the girls room (they'll keep sharing a room until Ross moves out - which I think they both kind of prefer anyhow).
All the rooms have small walk-in closets (the door with the glass is the closet door).
And then the hallway (it's not that long).
To the left is the upstairs bathroom (I love that bathtub - it's one of those really long ones).
And lots of built-in cabinets (ok, those really are my favorite thing about the house).
Further down the hall is Coley's room.
And next to Coley's room is Ross's room.
And that door goes up to the attic which Josh has now claimed as the 'Man Cave'.
And apparently I am not allowed to make any decorating decisions in the 'Man Cave' (even when my husband decides that he wants to put a urinal in the 'Man Cave').
The whole house has old nob & tube electrical wiring so Josh is redoing all the wiring in the house. There's no insulation either so that's our next project.
Lots of work to do and we're going to try to do it all ourselves (except the plumbing for the new kitchen sink...neither one of us know anything about plumbing).
Hoping to be moved in sometime in June (I already moved all my scrapbook supplies over though).