Friday, August 24, 2012

We May Well Have a House

::whispers:: I think we may have found a house.  It's in our price range (barely), is big, has a big back yard, has some room to put our own stamp on it and make it our own.

Guys, we've looked at 71 houses.  71.  We looked at big houses, small houses, overpriced houses, houses with gorgeous kitchens to die for just to have the back yard be right next to the Jersey Turnpike.  Houses with huge bedrooms and old roofs.  Houses with one bedroom on the main floor and 2 bedrooms in the basement.  Houses with jacuzzi tubs and disgusting neighbors.

We've seen some houses.  Even liked a few enough to try to buy them which was one big fail, and then the other.  But this time just might be it.

We had a crazy two days of back and forth negotiations until we eventually dug in our heels and said they either take our best offer or leave it and they took it.  Then there was a ton of back and forths with the Attorney Review and a home inspection.  The big issues with the home inspection were the furnace (old and turned backwards) and the doors that they were installing when we saw the house were now not being put on.

So we played a little ball.  We asked for a 5K credit and the doors.  They came back at a 3K credit and the doors and we said no.  They slept on it and eventually agreed.  So it looks like we're well on our way to closing around the middle of October.

The house needs a little TLC and a bunch of new paint and light fixtures and homey touches, but it's a great house with a ton of space for our family to grow.  It's a bit more than we wanted to spend, but it's in such a great town.

Wanna see some pics?

This is the front of the house. It's not a great pic, but it's a corner lot ranch with a small covered front porch where I'm envisioning a brown wicker bench and a small table where I can sip coffee in the rain.

This would be the kitchen.  The thorn in my side.  See those old plastic cabinets?  Ripping them out.  That hideous orange floor?  Gone.  That super sweet ironing board screwed into the wall that's masquerading as a breakfast bar?  See ya.  Those lovely white appliances?  Say hello to stainless steel baby.  We're planning on dropping a huge chunk of money into redoing the kitchen.  It's a bit smaller than I would have liked, but getting to gut it and completely redo it will make sure that it's my own. 

This is the basement bar.  Eventually down the line we'd like to update the counter and possibly extend it a bit.

This is the screened in back porch and I'm in love with this room.  It has ceramic tile and a ceiling fan.  I can see that Andy, Isabella and I will be enjoying many meals in this room.  We used our deck all the time, and now that we have a room that is screened in, we'll be sure to use it even more.  I can see us sipping wine and listening to The Killers after the baby has gone to bed.

This is the basement.  We'll turn the basement into a play room/man cave for Andy.  I've been obsessively pinning toy storage.  I want a pin worthy playroom.  

This is the outside patio.  Down the line I'd like to rip up that concrete slab and replace it with something a little more appealing, but that will have to wait a while. 

This is the dining room.  Slap some fresh paint on the walls and a new light fixture and you've got yourself a whole new room.  

This is the formal living room.  What I have in mind for this room is a few comfy, antiquey looking arm chairs with mohagany book cases and lots of fresh flowers.  Although, it will have to wait a bit since we won't have a ton of money up front for decorating.  It will take us a bit to get back on our feet. 

The back yard.  That play set is staying.  It just needs to be spruced up a bit.  I can't wait to watch Isabella have a big back yard to run and play in.

This is the family room.  I love how light and airy it is and I just adore the fireplace.  

The money shot baby.  An in ground heated pool.  I die.  

The master bathroom has been recently updated and the main bath is fine, a little outdated, but it's not on our improvement radar just yet.  The bedrooms are not huge, but they're decent sized and there's four bedrooms so we can have guests over.  

Now I'm no stranger to heart ache.  I know plenty of things can go wrong between now and then but I'm pretty excited regardless.  

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Caitlin MidAtlantic said...

I'm holding my breath and crossing my fingers for you!! This house is awesome!

Madonna said...

So happy you found a house! Hoping everything goes smoothly for you during the closing process. It looks like a great property - and I'm a little jealous of your new pool. Pin away!

Hunter's Mom said...

Oh my.. the yard.. the POOL.. that family room! I love it! Here's hoping it works out. It's so hard when you feel like you're flinching, waiting for bad news on something you want so badly!

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

YAY YAY YAY!!! I'm so happy for you! It looks A-MAZING! You're going to have so much fun re-doing that kitchen and making it exactly what you want. And that sunroom and that pool - NO FAIR! Not to mention the backyard. That was my biggest must have when we were house hunting and it looks like you scored. So exciting!

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

Oh, and that bar? YES!

h_esquire said...

A pin-worthy playroom - best line ever! The house looks amazing, fingers crossed for you. Is the fireplace gas or wood?

Jo said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you! The house has great bones and in book a fire place and a pool rock!

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