5.17.2013

Our New House!

We officially signed our life away today and are the proud owners of a new home! Now it feels real. I've been very excited to show you these photos so you can see our new digs, but I didn't want to jump the gun. Now that the deal is final, let's take a look at our next house project...

Our new home is 2,550 square feet, which is a substantial upgrade over our current 1,640 sq. ft home. More space to play with, hooray! Other perks over our first home: bigger bathrooms, creek view, nicer/bigger kitchen, hardwood floors, high ceilings and a split-bedroom floor plan. It was built in 1987 by a really well-regarded builder, so we feel good about the quality of the home.

Here's a peek at the curb appeal, which has a lot going for it already. I love the curved driveway and small patio out front. We fell head over heels for the tree-lined neighborhood right away.

(Most of these pictures were pulled off of the listing or taken during our visits to the home.)


We plan to add more plants out front, switch out that orange-y tile, paint the front door and switch out the lighting. It's going to spruce it right up!

When you walk into the house, you are greeted with a formal living room that features french doors connecting to another living space, which I plan to use as my office. To the right of the front door is a nice dining room that looks out into the front yard. 

 

The dining room is a nice size, and I really love the large windows.


I'm really excited about the room I plan to use as my office. The view of the creek is amazing! I work from home twice a week so I'll spend a lot of time in this room.There is a door leading out to the deck, plus another door leading to one of the guest bedrooms. The ceilings are really high and interesting in this room, which is always a bonus.


The kitchen is literally in the center of the home, directly between the formal living room, den and dining room. I was happy to see the white cabinets and stone backsplash, both of which are already our style. The yellow wall color has to go, but the bones are great! The corian countertops are nice, but we'll have to replace the appliances eventually. It's nice to have an additional eating area, which we don't have in our first home.


Just off the kitchen is a lovely den with great built-ins. I'm super excited about decorating this space!


Off the back of the house is one of the main reasons we fell in love with the house: the creek! That bright green deck rail definitely needs to go away...



The house has four bedrooms. Three guest rooms are on the left side of the house (if you're looking at the house from the street) and the master bedroom is in the front right corner, near the garage and laundry room.

The first guest room faces the front yard and has plantation shutters (the only ones in the house) and hardwood floors. 


The second guest room is pink and green, so it will need a paint job. 


The third guest room faces the backyard. 



In between the first two rooms is a large guest bathroom that needs to be updated. That will be a fun project to take on!


The master bedroom is a nice size but could use some personality.


The master bath is nicely updated, although it's not totally my style. Oddly enough they have a long countertop with only one sink. I have no idea what prompted that decision but I'm sure we'll change that eventually. This will be our first time sharing a bathroom!


Well that about does it for the first tour of our new home! What do you think? We are so excited to actually move in next week! We've already made plans to have the living spaces painted next week, so big changes are coming right away. Stay tuned!

* Feeling blessed! *

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11 comments:

  1. Your new home looks fantastic - such good bones and with a few changes it will truly be a home for you.

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    1. Thanks Grace. I can't wait to "make it my own."

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  2. Great place! It'll be fun to see what you guys do...

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  3. Looks amazing! Love the creek out back, too. Can't wait to see what y'all do to it!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! I'm just hoping that creek isn't home to lots of snakes. Eek! But the view is worth it...

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  4. What a beautiful house! Can't wait to see you make it your home. I love the high ceilings and architectural details!

    Will you have a long "Honey-Do" list for your husband this summer? (I'm a teacher, too, and I'm itching to do some big projects around the house.)

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    1. There will definitely be a lot of projects, since the summer is the best time to give him a long list! :)

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  5. I love it!!! Congrats on your new home!

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  6. Great looking home. I suggest you take a looking at installing plantation shutters. I think you would really like them.

    Shenandoah Shutters

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