Because planning a wedding and raising a new puppy while keeping a full time job wasn’t enough stress for me to take on, I decided that I needed to buy a house to! Actually it had more to do with interest rates being low, us hating our neighbors and me vowing that I would not move again unless it was into a house I was buying. Either way, Ryan and I found a house, fell in love with it, made an offer and…lost a bidding war. They said we came in second. Call me a pessimist, but if you’re not in first, then you might as well be last. The house was PERFECT! It had four bedrooms, a gigantic living space, open floor plan, a pool and an outdoor bar.
Disappointed, but not yet hopeless we headed out with our real estate agent (AKA my best friends mom). She brought us to this little beauty and Ryan and I fell in love as soon as we walked in the door.
Ignore the dead grass. That is on purpose because the HOA is putting in new front landscaping. My dad owns a fence company and makes beautiful iron gates so he’s going to make us something pretty for our front gate with “puppy pickets” to keep Elly safe and free to run her little heart out.
I love the plants in the walkway behind the gate. My brown thumb will surely kill those in a matter of days! Maybe I should invest in a landscaper .
The tree in the front yard has what looks like apples! Fruit trees make me very happy. I think I might want to plant some more in the backyard too!
The front entryway is one of my favorite things about the upgrades that were made to the house by the flippers. the tile design gives the house more character and says, “welcome to my home! Take a drink, have a seat and stay a while!” OK, so maybe it doesn’t say all that, but it’s pretty, right?
To the left of the entryway is the kitchen with updated granite counters and backsplash. We’re going to put pretty crystal knobs on all the cabinets to give it a personal touch.
Our dining area will have a little round table and a baker’s rack. There is no overhead lighting in the dining area for some reason, but eventually we’d like to have an electrician come in and spruce up the lighting and add a chandelier.
The living room on the other side of the kitchen wall has great flooring and a fireplace that matches the tile in the entryway/kitchen/bathrooms. I’ve never had my own fireplace before. I can’t wait to light a fire around Christmas time and snuggle up on the couch. I’m also excited to mount my TV on the wall. Having lived in rental apartments for a decade, I have not had this luxury. It’s the little things, right?
Because the house has a formal dining area and a large eat in kitchen we’ve decided to transform the formal dining space into Ryan’s den. He’s always wanted a big leather chair and one of those globes that are actually bar carts where he can sit and read and write and enjoy some man time.
There are three bedrooms so we will have our master, a guest room and a craft/art room. Eventually we will need to replace the carpet and maybe put nicer closet doors on, but those are nit-picky things for down the road.
The bathrooms aren’t much, but they do the job.
We are going to turn the backyard into the yard of our dreams. There isn’t much space, but it’s just enough to fit an outdoor bar, seating, a hot tub and some pretty plants and veggies.
Well, that’s our future home! Hope you like the little tour. I can’t wait to get in there and start decorating everything! I’ve already started decorating in my head which is dangerous territory before you have the keys in your hand, but so far so good. No hiccups in Escrow so far *knock on wood*