Buying House – Our Pick

September 2, 2013 by 29 Comments

Thanks so much for joining us on our House Hunt – Ready to see Our Pick?!!  Based on comments, most of you thought we would be best off buying House #2, quite a few of you were fans of House #1, and in dead last was — House #3!  If you haven’t seen the houses or missed one along the way, you can see each house tour by clicking on the links in the previous sentence.  Here are the facts we used to compare the homes and make a decision on which we wanted to make our Home Sweet Home!

Buying a House @ItsOverflowing

House Shopping @ItsOverflowing

Buying a House 3 @ItsOverflowing

Ready to See Which One We Picked?!?!



All three houses had amazing potential and I would have been blessed to call any of them home!

House #1 felt very new.  I loved the brick floors in the open kitchen and family room.  After painting my rancher kitchen cabinets, I know the work involved to get white cabinets like the ones in this kitchen!  But, for some reason this floor plan didn’t quite work for me — even with 500 more square feet than our rancher, it felt small.

House #2 had the most beautiful curb appeal, but the popcorn ceiling removal would have been incredibly messy.  We only had two days of overlap after closing before we were to be out of our rancher so drywall would have been flying while we were camping out there – no thanks.  The backyard in House #2 was beautiful, but just didn’t work for me.  In my first ten years of motherhood, I’ve learned — panicked, high pitched mommy squeals are tuned out by little ears!  Attempting to keep my sweeties and their friends from diving into the shallow end because of the weird layout of the pool made me breakout in a sweat!  Definite deal breaker!  In addition to fearing the pool, the divided backyard didn’t work for me.  The lower portion of the lot was completely out of view and was fenced by hundreds of feet of rod iron fence which would have been high maintenance lawn care each week!

House #3  definitely took vision.  My family knew it was the one within seconds of the tour beginning — I took a little longer!  I had pictured our family living in a certain neighborhood so much that I had totally ruled out all other neighborhoods.  I can’t tell you how happy I am that our search was opened up and we found this home.  We are seconds away from beautiful bike trails and can easily bike to the town square!  We can walk to and from school in the morning and afternoon — and it is faster than even going through the carpool lane!  It was totally hard to look past the crazy paint colors — the faux paint made me (still makes me) cringe majorly!  But paint is a very affordable fix and the idea of having a playroom/media room for my kids and their friends makes so much sense!  The reason my sweeties knew this was our home was based completely on the backyard — pool, trampoline, basketball goal, and still room for all the neighborhood kids to play baseball in the backyard.  I’m real excited to share my vision for this home and hopefully you will fall in love with it, too!

Follow the Journey as We Update…

Our Traditional Home (here)


And in case you didn’t catch my tutorial for making the easy garden label pictured above, check this out…I’m so thankful the original owners left me this cute empty flower pot!  The rosemary is smelling AWESOME!

How to Label Herbs @ItsOverflowing

More fabulous House Tours (here)!



29 Responses to “Buying House – Our Pick”
  1. congrats !!! You made a wonderful choice!~

  2. Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    Yay, congratulations. House number #3 is beautiful. I want a yard like that!

  3. Michele says:

    I was a little surprised you chose 3 because of the size of the boys’ room, but everything else is amazing and I’m sure you will make it work! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us, this home is beautiful despite the terrible paint colors and is going to be extraordinary by the time you’re done with it!

  4. I think you picked the house I would have chosen as well even though I did love house 1… I can not wait to see your decorative touches all over this gorgeous home!!! Congratulations on the new home… from one Amy to another!!!!!! :D

  5. Mindy says:

    Congratulations on the house! Looking forward to your posts about making it your own.

  6. LOVE the new house! Can’t wait to see what you are going to do with it! Life to the full! Melissa

  7. Allison says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see what you’re going to change. Dropping by from Met Monday.

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