Yesterday around noon, Kevin and I officially became homeowners! And it feels good already. 🙂
When we began house hunting, Kevin and I sat down and wrote out everything that we NEEDED to have in our future house and our absolutely deal breakers. Then, we wrote out everything that we WANTED, but it wouldn’t be a deal breaker for us…the bonuses!
- Good, safe neighboorhood
- At least three bedrooms
- At least 1.5 bathrooms
- Basement (finished or unfinished)
- Fenced in, flat backyard
- Open concept or open kitchen/living room
- Windows/natural light
- Galley kitchen
- Tiny/slanted backyard
- Houses that needed whole room renovations (a completely new kitchen, bathroom without any fixtures, etc.)
- Finished basement
- Hardwood floors
- We really wanted to put some work into our future home, so we looked at homes that weren’t completely move-in ready, and would require a little bit of lovin’
- We also didn’t care if the house was one or two story
- It didn’t matter to us if the house was brick of vinyl, although we preferred the look of brick better.
At the end of the day, we found a house that had everything on our must have list and 1/3 things on our ‘bonuses’ list…the garage!
We have BIG plans for our new baby (the house…the house, people. I’m NOT having a real human baby) and once we nail down all of the plans, I’ll be sharing these pictures again with our room-by-room plans and goals.
For now, please excuse the horrible lighting in these photos – they were taken during our final walkthrough on Monday.
The front! I’m in love with the red door, and the American flag stayed!
Garage! And a two car garage at that! I’m a little excited over this one…I’ve never had a garage before (I was always booted to street parking at my parent’s house).
Gigantic closet in the guest bedroom, which leads to our favorite room in the house…
This awesome hidden room! It’s unfinished for now, but has so much potential. The best part is that the door to get in is a little trap door and you’d have no clue it was back there unless we showed you. We’re still thinking of a fun name for this room.
The unfinished basement. The first house that we offered on had an awesome finished basement, and Kevin and I really wanted one when we continued looking, but we knew it wasn’t a deal breaker for us. Finishing the basement is going to be our major project for the house, which will happen slowly (but surely)!
And that’s that!
After closing yesterday, we headed straight to the house and began painting the master bedroom. We are finishing packing up our apartment during the mornings/late nights, and spending our evenings at the house painting before we move in (and live out of boxes for weeks) this weekend!