It’s been almost a full year since our family moved. It was a simple move across town (thank goodness) and we couldn’t be happier in our new space. When we had moved into our first house I thought it could be our forever home, but due to some extenuating circumstances we were beyond ready to find a new house to make our home.
Our home is 2,452 square feet (up from 1,568) and situated on .79 acres (up from .54). It’s 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom (same as our old house) but with the added bonus of a playroom, a finished basement and a garage. The home was built in 1975 and is in a dreamy neighborhood with great neighbors and flat roads for strolling.
Here are the listing photos of our house, in all it’s blank slate glory. I’ll share our earliest updates and our dream list of to-dos soon.
Here’s the front view of the house. The bottom left windows are the garage. The front door is living large in all its ’70s glory.
Here’s the view from the back of the house. It looks much less large from this viewpoint since the basement and garage are underground. We traded a back deck at our old home for the patio just off the sliding door.
The house is a split level. You can see the front door down half a flight of steps. The house was updated with a heat pump but they never removed the old baseboard heating. The family that owned the home before us refinished the hardwoods. This picture is taken from the dining area (open to the living room) and the corner on the right is the kitchen.
My favorite part of this kitchen is the appliances- they were updated by the previous homeowners. A double oven- swoon! My least favorite parts are the cabinets and flooring. Everything feels dated and while there is a lot of cabinet space, the cabinets themselves are awkwardly small and inefficient for storage. I do love that the pass through window allows me to keep an eye on the kids in the playroom.
We use this bonus room (off the dining room and kitchen) as the kids playroom. It’s been wonderful to have a dedicated space for all the toys!
This is the master bedroom. This was a trade-off from our last home; we have much less space.
The big bonus space for us is the basement. It definitely needs some love but as the kids get bigger I know it will make a great hang out.
The laundry room is a quite the juxtaposition- it has the updated appliances which is great but the room itself is quite awful. It works, but someday I hope to make it beautiful (although it’s quite low on the list of priorities).
The final space I’ll share is the garage. There is actually a good bit of storage to the right of the shelving, which was a huge selling point to Joel. He finally has a workshop space!
So there you have it, our blank slate and huge project. It’s a great home for us because it was totally move in ready and livable, with plenty of opportunities to make it our own.