Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Our New House

We have another house under contract.I should be excited but the best I can muster is "Meh".
The truth is, like the 1st house we had under contract, we selected this one because it was a sensible decision.  It's not where we want to live, it's not a style or era that we like, but the price was right.  We'll do our thing, fix it up, build a garage, etc but it just doesn't have the midcentury charm of our current house (below).
I haven't seen this house in person.  Luke looked at it and took some pictures so I could see what we bought.  But I wasn't in town and since I'm doing all the packing by myself I don't have time to go look at it.  So I'll do my best to give a little tour based on what I know.
It's ugly.  Perhaps that's not fair.  It's plain and lack the mid-century charm I have grown to love.  It was built in 1978, measures in at 1920 sq ft on a fifth of an acre.  It's not a large lot but compared to our yard in Butte it seems huge and the dogs will love having the space.
We're near a school...for the third time in a row.  If Luke ever wants to get any kids out of me we need to buy a house away from a school so I can forget what kids are like.
We don't have a garage so all our tools will have to live in the basement for a while.  However we have a lot of space next to the house and plan to build a garage.
The living room isn't anything fancy.  It has an ancient wood stove in the corner but we're not sure if it is operational.  The only other heat source is electric baseboard, so we need to replace the heating system before we start getting $300 electric bills.
Our "dining room" is this tiny area between the living room and kitchen.  I'm not sure how we will fit our oversized pub table into the space.
The kitchen is especially painful to look at after just completing a brand new kitchen in our Butte house.  It's tiny, about 8x8 with orange countertops and no dishwasher.
The "master bedroom" faces south and we get some great afternoon light, but the room is long, narrow and not very functional.
The 2nd bedroom has better lighting but is smaller.  My brother will be living here while he finishes his last year of college.
This hallway looks really narrow compared to the wide halls we put in our Butte house.  The master bedroom is on the right, the spare bedroom, bathroom and linen closet are to the left.
Speaking of bathrooms, Kermit-the-Frog green is never an appropriate color for a bathroom.  There is a lot of wasted space in here, so we might shrink the bathroom a little to enlarge the adjacent kitchen.
The basement is partially finished. 
We'll probably have to gut the basement and re-do everything but at least the walls are framed and insulated.
 
Obviously neither Luke or I are excited about this house but it does have several advantages over the first house we tried to buy:
  • Ample parking
  • Decent-sized yard for the dogs
  • Room to build a big garage
  • No mortgage, giving us the ability to build said garage and remodel the house
I probably won't see the house until moving day, but I'll try to get better pictures without all this clutter in the way.

1 comment:

Elissa said...

I am so glad your blog is back up! I was quite worried when one day it just wasn't there. Looking forward to following this journey too. I imagine it will turn out equally amazingly!