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Our New House - It Might Just Be Home

I recently announced that we had sold our home in Helena and will be moving to my hometown in July.  We did some house-hunting over Easter weekend and I'm please to report success.  We are in the process of buying our latest home: I know you can't see it well behind the trees.  I'm so excited to have actual trees on the property.  The house itself is nestled against the base of a hill which will block our views of the sunset but the east-facing front porch should offer some wonderful sunrises.  And here's a sneak peek of our view.
I won't be posting any more photos until we've actually closed on the house.  Closing is still two months away and a lot could change before then.  Still, I look forward to sharing our latest project.
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Sold

We sold our house last week.  This may come as a surprise since the house wasn't even for sale. We weren't planning to move.  Everything in the house was designed with the idea that we would be living here for years.  But sometimes God makes it abundantly clear that He has other plans.  In the course of just a few days Luke was offered a chance to move to his company branch in my hometown and we met a family looking for a house in our neighborhood.  And now our house is under contract.
Closing is scheduled for mid-July so I will have a little time to recover from having the baby, but until she arrives I've been packing up all our non-essentials.  We have already started looking for our next home; maybe it will be a home we get to enjoy for decades.  We'll just have to wait and see.

A Totally New Kind of Project

Now that you’ve seen the finished work in the basement it’s time to head upstairs for a new project. Since buying our first home a dozen years ago we’ve done four kitchens, nine bathrooms and innumerable other projects both small and large. But this time we’re trying something totally new: a nursery.
We’re not really sentimental, emotional people so I wanted to create a calm, useful space instead of packing this small room with all sorts of decorative baby crap paraphernalia. Some friends were nice enough to give us their spare crib, I found the rocking recliner at a thrift store and we already had the fireplace and the dresser that we are using as a changing table.
We did add a few decorative elements to dress up the space, a mirror that was too large to use in the basement bathroom, some curtains and a few moose prints for the walls. Once the kiddo is old enough to have a personality and interests of her own we can find some decorations she enjoys. For now I might as well have s…

Basement Bathroom Reveal

The basement bathroom has gone through multiple phases since we bought the house. It started as space that was totally open to the rest of the basement, but at least the plumbing was in place. During the many months when the first floor was out of commission we used it as a temporary kitchen. It then became my office But eventually we were able to turn it into an actual, functional bathroom. Most of the items in this bathroom were clearance finds or leftover from other projects, but they actually work together pretty well. Though not my favorite layout it is clean, bright and feels spacious. Luke and I love the shower tile.  It's has a glossy, easy to clean surface and the vertical orientation should keep the grout lines from holding water.  Luke started finding excuses to shower down here even before the bathroom was finished.
I think we need a cabinet over the toilet for storage. I've been keeping my eyes out for the right one but it will be hard to find one that matches the …

Family Room Before and After

When we bought the house the basement was classified as unfinished. The previous owners had made a haphazard effort to convert some of it into living space, but the carpentry was so bad that you would have to be drunk to consider it livable. From what we have heard about the previous owners drunk was probably how the work was done. Anyway, this space at the bottom of the stairs was used as two bedrooms; one directly in front of you and the other through the door to the left. We moved the bedrooms to the far corner of the basement so they could share an egress window well and used the two bedrooms as one large media room. The tray ceiling hides the pipes for the radiant floor heat and also distracts the eye from the beam running down the middle of the room. While we needed the tray in in one spot for practical reasons running it all the way around the room created a nice visual effect. The basement stays comfortably warm from the radiant heat for the 1st floor but we also added a ga…

We Suddenly Have a Family Room

The last time I posted any photos of the family room it looked like this We cleaned it up a bit in preparation for the drywall And then I didn't bother to take any photos until we had the carpet installed. We're not finished yet.  We still need to finish the fireplace and get some trim installed, but the room is looking infinitely better.

Laundry Room Evolution

After four houses Luke and I have changed.  Our tastes and ideas have evolved.  Our abilities and budgets have increased along the way and I think this is most obvious in the evolution of our laundry rooms
Rapid City, SD Before - Our first home had a large laundry room.  With so many holes in the walls we had a lot of mice to contend with at first. After - Although the room was spacious we had almost no storage.  Luke was in college and I was paying his tuition so there wasn't a lot of money left over for cabinets.  It was my first time laying tile and I was immediately hooked.

Wenatchee, WA Our second house had a very small, very gross laundry room.  The wall was full of mold and the gap under the door did nothing to keep mice out.  We removed the window so we could stack the washer and dryer.

The stacked washer/dryer allowed space for a few cabinets and a drying rack.  Because the laundry room was directly off the kitchen we matched the cabinet and countertops for continuity.

But…