Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Details about the house!

Okay! I'm starting to come up for air after being absolutely SWAMPED since the beginning of November. How come nobody called me on not giving you any FUN details about our shiny new-to-us house?!

So we got approved for a mortgage, somewhat on a whim, and then we found a house on our first day looking. Since then I've been fretting about all the costs we're facing, but mainly I've been thrilled to my toes with the decision we made. I love this house so much.

It's a 1950 Cape Cod with the cutest upstairs dormer windows. It has three bedrooms and 1.5 baths, a half-finished basement and the most beautiful landscaped backyard. The living/dining room has a cove ceiling and charming onion-arched doorways. The front door is purpleish - which if you know me in real life means you know that it is no surprise I picked this house (the kitchen/backdoor will eventually get painted purple too!) (which, Peanut, if you're reading this - by the way, I want to paint that door purple. xo). We've got hardwood, tile, and carpet. The roof and siding is all brand new. It smells terrific, and the previous owners left us a sweet note on the wall in the crawl space - just below the note that was left to them when they bought it. Apparently, this house has been filled with people who want to pass on good vibes!

I'm spending all my time now looking for design ideas - most of the rooms are quite colorful and I'm okay with that but there are two rooms I REALLY want to change (master bedroom and main bathroom - both blue) and one room I'd like to change (kitchen - kind of a boring yellow). The other rooms are lovely and fine (living room - blue, guest room - gray/brown, small bathroom - dark brown, eventual nursery - green). The house needs no work at all - eventually we may decide to expand the "nursery" into the crawl space but that's a ways off. Part of what we loved about this place was that it's move-in ready - up to date appliances, floors in good shape, fresh paint, etc. It's amazing.

I'm also looking for furnishings! We'll be scouring Craigslist and thrift stores - eventually I want a second bed, some side tables, a dining table and chairs (or maybe just new chairs - mine are literally falling apart), a three piece seating set, matching desks and comfortable desk chairs, and a pool table. Wait, what? No, that last thing is something PEANUT wants, not me. I want to put a bowling alley in the basement instead.


I'll devote a separate post to the financial specifics, as right now I just want to revel in the details of my own home - a place where we'll live for the foreseeable future. That's the first time I've moved in to somewhere without a somewhat definite plan to leave. I didn't expect that putting down roots would help me feel so....grounded, but it really does.

What were you looking for or do you want to have in your first home? What else - if anything - would you like to know about ours?


  1. I would like to see pics when you get settled! :) By the way, if you're lacking inspiration for the house at all, check out Young House Love. I've been going through their archives (as I do) for the last few days, and I am so addicted! It makes me want to buy a house right now!

    In my own home, I'd like it to be at least move-in ready. And I don't want to buy a house that needs A TON of changes. Painting, sure, but I saw one house yesterday (perusing real estate websites as I do while reading Young House Love) that had terrible wall paper in every single room. No way would I buy a house that exhausted me just looking at it and thinking about all the work that needed to be done.

    Other than that, we want a place with a piece of land so we can have some space from neighbors (no subdivisions for us). I'd prefer two bedrooms, one bath, and no more than 1,500 square feet. David, on the other hand, wants as much space as we can get, with a finished basement and a workshop. When we finally do begin house hunting, it will be interesting!

  2. Dormer windows are the best! I'm with Katie - would love some snapshots of the house. :)

    I'm wondering if you plan on expanding the master bath eventually. I love the charm of older homes, (and I feel really spoiled when I say this), but one of the "must-haves" on my list is an ensuite master bathroom and a separate full bath. I wonder how much it'd be to do that type of renovation.

  3. @Katie, I will definitely post pics! I've only got the staged real estate photos now, which are lovely but it won't look anything like that when we're in there. :p

    We looked at a few fixer-uppers which I loved a lot, but I'm just not ready for that for my first home. My best friend bought a house in Knoxville two years ago and they STILL haven't moved in because of all the work it's needed. I am just not at that place in my life right now.

    @Well Heeled, we have talked about expanding the master bath but it would end up making our bedroom smaller - there's nowhere else for it to go! I'm not sure how I feel about that right now - I think we'd almost be more likely to add a third half-bath in the unfinished half of the basement, maybe with a shower stall, rather than make our bedroom smaller.

    Luckily, Peanut has a family member in the kitchen-and-bath remodeling business, so it would be fairly inexpensive for us to make those kinds of renovations. Which means, of course, I have to keep talking myself out of them. :)

  4. I want a big kitchen, three bedrooms and a area in the living room that has afternoon sun for reading.

    @Katie, I was also going to mention Young House Love for DIY inspiration.

  5. Nice article, thanks for the information.

  6. Congrats on your first place.....Sometimes you can be searching for months, and if you're lucky only a day!

    I too LOVE Young House Love, and am always excited to see what people are able to accomplish to personalize the space.

  7. Congratulations! Photos, photos! I ask partly because I had to google every house-related term in here ("Cape Code" style, "Dormer windows", etc.) . Clearly I haven't been house shopping myself yet. :)

    Have fun with the design!

  8. Sounds lovely! Congratulations on snagging such a great home!

  9. YHL <3 --- its giving me so many ideas for our new house too. They are so talented.

    Congrats on the house! I'm so envious of how quickly you found your dream home, we searched for over a year!! All the best,

  10. Hi there, I will be looking for your second post on the financial specifics!

    Recently we bought a rental property and after all calculations and expenses (taxes, maintenance administration, etc..) we have realized that on $240,000 spent we will get $4,000 income a year...

    That is why we do not want to own our own place - renting seems to be cheaper than owning!


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