Thursday, May 5, 2016

The House

Finally!  The kids are in bed, the dog and cat are napping in the living room while I type, and I have a chance to put together a post about the new house.  

We began house hunting a couple of months ago.  The first house we went to see was a beautiful old farm house surrounded by lovely red outbuildings and a huge barn.  Patch loved the barn.  

Unfortunately, while the one hundred thirty year old house had obviously had many renovations, there was one problem that we couldn't ignore... none of the floors were level.  

After seeing many others that often reminded me of the stereotypical stories you hear about online dating ("This looks absolutely nothing like it did in the pictures!  Were those pictures taken twenty years ago?"), we came across a newer house and fell in love.

And it has central air.  Do you know how hard it is to find houses for sale with central air here?  Amid the houses we saw, houses with central air were few and far between.  After almost four years in a house with one air conditioned room (downstairs) that central air was a major selling point.

The house is supposed to close in less than a week now and I'm impatiently awaiting the day when we can begin to move into a place with a finished basement and a huge yard, with lots of room to play:

Here's the downstairs:

And the upstairs:

 And the basement:
I've been formulating a to do list that'll start next week if all goes smoothly with closing.  The glass shelves in the dining room will be taken down ASAP.  All the walls are getting a coat of protective clear coat because Maggie is hard on walls and nothing I've done seems to change that.  And we're meeting with a fence company at the end of the week to discuss the massive fence that is going to go up around the backyard.

It needs to be Maggie proof.  If that's physically possible.


  1. Looks great! And, please tell me that the deer head mount conveys. Bet the kiddos love that!

  2. Awesome house! I'm so excited for you. Central air is just awesome. After growing up in a house without A/C it became been a must have when we were looking for a house. I hope the Maggie-proofing goes well. Very happy to hear that the glass shelves are going (Hopefully before Maggie even has a chance to get at them.)

  3. I guess those glass shelves may get a rethink?

  4. I guess those glass shelves may get a rethink? I like the clear coating the walls; what do you use? Love the deer's head!

  5. I'm delighted for you and all the family, should be a great summer! So clean and cheery already -- great to move into a house that is ready for living (yes, sans glass shelves!)

  6. I'm so happy for you and your beautiful family! Your new home is just lovely!!!

  7. Imagine! No basement flooding! And space down there for the kids and animals to bounce off the walls! It looks so nice.
    I don't know what kind of fence will be "Maggie proof" but I image she'd be able to figure out a way to even climb a privacy fence. Hope you find a solution.

    But the house looks wonderful, and I hope you'll be very happy there.
    ~ Bonnie (OpenID no longer works.)

  8. I am SO happy for you and your new home, it is lovely...YAY! How will it work for all your children's therapies and appointments? Hope it's not too far away from them! May God bless you...HUGS!

  9. I recommend you check out the methods used to keep dogs from going over the fences. One I like is the bar running above the fence with a large PVC pipe on it, when you grab it to climb over it rolls and your dog or kid will find it almost impossible to go over-- nothing is totally perfect, but the rollers help. At the base you can drive rebar in to make a barrier that overlaps the base of the fence and fills the space between it and the ground-- width depends on how small a space the dog or kid can get out of. Having lived with climbing dogs, I can say the only fence that worked all the time with my dog was the one that was hot, but I don't think we want to use a hot wire on a fence for children. On the rebar, make sure you know where all buried things are located BEFORE you begin sledge hammering it into the ground.

    I'd put all tall play areas in the very center of the yard. All that lovely space, you will be able to have a fabulous play area.

  10. I am simply thrilled for you! The house is lovely, and the yard perfect for playing. Happy times ahead, there.


  11. Congratulations on your new home. Take it easy with the move and being pregnant - mind you, haven't you moved whilst pregnant before?

  12. What a beautiful house, and is seems like it's perfect for you guys! Best of luck with the closing and move-in!

  13. Oh my goodness! The place is amazing! I am so happy for you guys!


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