Our first family photo at the new house.
Note: we will be puting stucco on the house and painting it tan instead of the yucky blue!
After months and months of searching and visiting hundreds of houses, we finally found this one. It has been listed for 2 weeks and had no offers on it, which in the market we were dealing with, was RARE. In most cases, there would be several offers on a property the day it got listed, and dozens by the time a weekend passed. I think one of the factors that scared people away was that it had an old, shingle roof that was falling apart, and maybe people didn't have the energy to deal with that. Well, we looked right past that roof knowing we could take care of it, and as you can see in the picture, we ended up with a new roof before closing escrow!
Now, in no particular order, here are some quick iPhone pictures of the rest of the house....
Ruby hanging out in her usual spot in the front room.
When we moved in, the hardwood floors were much more pale and scratched up. Corey really impressed me by sanding and re-finishing the floor all by himself!
The dining room/fireplace/kitchen.
I love all the counter and cupboard space.
View from the other side of the room.
Note: the wall directly across the room from the kitchen counter is going to be cut in half and turned into a bar top so that you can see the TV from the kitchen.
I am in love with this fireplace! In less than a week from now, the fire guys will be installing the insert so I can have a cozy fire burning in the evenings.
Still need to decorate in here, but I like that there is access to the backyard from here.
Ruby by the master shower.
She will actually walk right into the shower when someone is in there if you let her!
This is one of our long-term projects. We will eventually re-surface the pool to have a darker bottom, and put new rocks and a waterfall around it. That will be a summer project!
Ruby hangin out in the front yard.
I have barely touched the guest bedrooms yet, and we are slowly working on upgrading all of our apartment furniture. As we make changes to the house, I will be sure to take before and after pics, so I can keep you posted throughout the process!
House hunting was a long and sometimes frustrating process for us, but like everyone said, we found the one that was meant for us! Corey and I enjoy working on things around the house and are excited for all the future milestones we'll celebrate here!
P.S. Thanks for being patient with my little blog while I try and get through these last couple of work days before a nice holiday break! Really looking forward to winding down for a few days!