Saturday, September 15, 2012

Our New Home!

 On a fun date this past summer, David and I drove by this home and thought it looked like a really nice place to live, but really didn't think we were in the market yet to buy and at first thought this one would be out of our price range anyway.  What is not pictured here is on the left bottom part of the property is a large, paved area (for playing basketball or whatever) and both David and I looked at it and said, "Bible study parking!"  Anyway, the story goes that I called the listing agent for a viewing and she said she would after we were pre-approved for a loan.  

After we were all set up, we viewed three different homes, this one being the last.  The first one we viewed was in a good neighborhood and had some possibilities, but there was a lot in the home that we would have had to remodel.  The second home was far to small and the basement was not finished yet either.  This home that we ended up purchasing was by far the most fabulous and best suited to our families needs!  (This is the long shot of the living room.)  All these pictures were taken before I put up the decorations, but you get the idea. 
 This is a side shot of the living room to show the two windows looking out into the front yard.  Also you can see the new love seat and couch we purchased from the previous owner as well.  The living room is on the 2nd floor down from the top and it is the first room you see as you come up the stairs in the front of the house.  On this floor is also the kitchen and the back deck, which includes a covered awning with a table and chairs as well as a really nice BBQ, which we asked the owner to leave behind. 

 One of the biggest pluses of this home was the remodeled kitchen!  As you can see, it is really fabulous!!  We are looking forward to hosting the Thanksgiving feast this year with the double ovens and all the space to cook!  Josiah viewed this home with us early on and he then continued to refer to it as the "two oven" home. 

Here is another shot of the kitchen.  They really put a lot of money into this room and it shows!  I have really enjoyed cooking since we have moved!  It is also nice to have a place for all my kitchen things now too!

 Our new home has 5 bedrooms (possible 6 if we converted David's office to a bedroom). This is the master bedroom and since this picture I have added a few more pillows to the bed to go with the new bed set that my parents gave us as an anniversary/happy new home gift.  What you can't see here is that there is a door to our own private deck that is hidden by trees on the left and on the right we have a master bathroom as well that features a very deep, jetted bathtub!  :)

 The boys are still sharing a room as you can see here, so that we can all be on the top floor.  Three of the bedrooms are upstairs as well as the guest bathroom that is across the hall from the kid's rooms.

 Naomi has her own room now and the queen bed is down in the guest room.  All the curtains were left by the previous owner and we are very thankful that she left them as they are all very beautiful!  

 Here is a classic shot of the kiddos in the new playroom.  It is hard to see the room, but this is so funny, I had to include it.  This room is the 3rd floor down from the top and also has the laundry room and a half bath attached to it.  There is also a door to the side of the house and a door to the garage from this floor.
 The final floor downstairs includes the guest room (as pictured here), David's office (no picture), my office (see below), and the furnace room.  What is really fabulous about all these rooms being grouped together is we were able to put a lock on the door that leads to the downstairs and so can keep the kids away from all these rooms!  It also is neat because David's office is the farthest from that locked door and so when he is working from home, it will be harder to hear the kid noise! 

 I was pleased to have a place to put all my things too!  I have lots of shelves in the room to put all my crochet yarn, sewing things, music books, etc.  Also right outside the hallway, I have my electric piano and all my music, so that when I need to practice, I can put on the headphones and work down there.  We really feel very blessed that it worked out so well for us to buy this home.  The process was far easier than I remembered doing years ago when my parents and I bought a condo together.  As we have settled in, it has really become clear to me that we bought it at the right time and that we chose the right home. 

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