We’ve had a two story McMansion, a 1950s rancher, and this time we are on the hunt for a newish, one story, traditional home (in a sweet little town we’ve fallen in love with). Having three kids is busy! A home that requires less TLC just makes sense. (Sweet friends, don’t let Stud in on our little secret — us girls don’t move anywhere and just leave it all alone — we will have projects regardless of what house we buy).
I thought it’d be fun to take you with us on our shop for houses and then see if you can figure out which we picked!?! I’ll call this House #1. As we narrowed our choices, this is the smallest of the three houses, making the price/sqft. the highest. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 living rooms, 2 dining rooms, a 3 car garage, a nice pool, and a fairly good sized side-yard. It’s in a great neighborhood with stocked ponds for fishing, lots of walking trails, and it’s close to the major highway Stud uses for work! Check it out…
House #1 definitely needs some love in the front yard! Those mushroom trees are out of control! But it is set on a semi-culdesac and has a nice long driveway!
The first thing that had me with this house are those shutters! They are throughout the home and are absolutely beautiful! The wood floors are real nice, but a little shinier than I normally prefer. The builders were extremely generous with the crown molding throughout this home!
In the picture above, the formal living seems small, but that could just be the furniture arranging!? Below, I think the room could definitely use a larger table — like mine!!?!
My two story house had the overhead fluorescent lighting box. I ditched it after a whole lot of time spent convincing Stud it was a total necessity — more of the same with this one! The granite, backsplash, and brick floors seem to compete in here. The cabinets are a total thumbs up though! White cabinets without a bunch of work seems dreamy!
I love kitchens that open up into the living room so I can chill with my family while I’m cooking!
Having a breakfast bar would be very fun! And I like the appliances, too.
I had an island at my first house and even though this one is tiny, I still like it lots!
They plan on taking the chandelier with them, but I’m okay with that, I think I can picture something else going in here.
The family room has a built-in, but I think it needs something similar where the television is. I would probably have both sides extend taller, too. The family room seems very small with the back door needing room for traffic flow.
I like the coloring of the walls and sofa.
The master bedroom with more shutters – LOVE! The bed was crazy low to the ground, but it is nice to see that a King bed would fit without any trouble.
The stain on these cabinets is so splotchy, I’m not sure what happened, but the set up of the master bath is nice.
After spending the last three years in a bathroom smaller than my kitchen table (embarrassing to admit, but often standing near the commode as I brushed my teeth – makes me squirm) the room in here makes me totally giddy!
I’m less giddy about the previous owners covering the wallpapered walls with a textured spackle and a thin, barely covering coat of paint. I know firsthand that removing wallpaper is a pain, but still!
Little B was totally smitten with the chandelier, but sadly it’s not staying! Can you see the precious little newborn feet on that wall — such a sweet photograph!
Jack and Jill Bathroom!
My boys weren’t loving this color .. BIG Surprise!
This would be my little space, aka my office and craft room! Pinch me! The shutters and door open up to the pool!
Another full bath right off of the pool. The brick floors continue into this bathroom which is so much better than the wood floor!
The covered porch is pretty spacious.
When the kids learned that this pool comes with a heater, Baby B started planning his December swim party! Hmm, how much does it cost to heat a pool!?! My poor little winter baby!
I love all the trees that line the fence!
A view of the back of the house…
And the side yard — space for the boys to throw the ball together!
And that’s it for House #1
Any thoughts, opinions, comments, guesses!?!