Sunday, July 11, 2010

Things I love about my house.

A photo essay, by Yours Truly.

Yes, that's where I've been. Moving. I think I broke my last nail today, and our household goods from South Carolina don't get delivered until Thursday. In the mean time, living here has allowed me to find all sorts of great stuff that we never noticed (or I didn't realize would be so awesome) on the walk-throughs and tours we did.

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There's a skylight in the kitchen/dining room. Of course I knew that, but I didn't realize how nice it would be. I park under it, at the breakfast bar with my net book, whenever I have a moment. Saves money, too. We don't have the lights on in there much, except at night.

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Two and a half car garage. The days of tools in my front closet, or in my dining room, are over! Woohoo!! Plus the hub's happy with his toy truck near him. And I'll have somewhere to park my Jeep indoors. But really? YAY NO TOOLS IN MY HOUSE!

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A den with a gas fireplace. With air blowers on it, to keep the room toasty warm. We get another epic winter, and the power goes out, we'll be good.

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A kickass future work space, once I get it unpacked. The husbeast's aunt even gave me a gently used rug (a very nice one that I think is wool) for it, that will match the futon.

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A laundry room. With a laundry sink. Considering I've been using a communal laundry room for a year, and had my washer and dryer in the garage in South Carolina for five years. This pleases me immensely. (The washer and dryer get here with the rest of our stuff.)

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THREE!! FRIGGING!! BATHROOMS!!! Every person in the family can take a break at the same time!!! !! ! !

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There is a roundy-round cupboard in a corner of my kitchen that will proceed to hold all the baking supplies I like to have - a whole lot of them. Plus it's an efficient use of space. Double win. In the other corner is a shelf with a hinged door that will allow me to stow heaps and piles of pots and pans and baking dishes.

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The guy who used to live here was a retired carpenter. He knew the guy who built the house. Everything in the house is square. Lines line up. Corners are ninety degrees (unless they're supposed to be something else). Ducts and vents aren't crooked. It's amazing. Last couple places we've been in, the WALLS didn't even line up.

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Related amazement; he did all the woodwork. Not only is it square as well, he went to the trouble of mitering all the ends as well as corners. This makes me smile every time I see it.

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Aaaand, this is the view from the window over the kitchen sink. It's similar to the view off the back porch, which I also love but forgot to take a photo of. That little red curl in the lower left is a hose going to the sprinkler. So far the Goob's been out in the back yard every day. Every hour or two, she says "I love our new house!"

I think we did pretty well.

32 comments:

Rose Red said...

Looks fantastic! Isn't it great the things you discover (or rediscover) when you actually move into a house. And how wonderful just to be there after such a long wait!

JelliDonut said...

It's just beautiful! Congratulations! Wishing you many happy years in your new home.

We have a gas fireplace like that and it's so much nicer than hauling in logs.

KnittyLynn said...

I'm so happy for you. Having been a military spouse for 5 years to the ex husband, I totally understand how wonderful it is to have somewhere that is YOURS. The house is lovely and will give you lots of room to spread out and nest. Keep updating with photos from time to time!

Shoveling Ferret said...

Awesome awesome awesome!!!!

Barbara said...

I've been thinking of you three moving into your new house all week. I'm so happy for you. Yay for space for tools and hobbies and baking needs and 3! frickin! bathrooms!

amy said...

Happy housewarming! It's the little things in the end. I can't tell you how many times my laundry area (new since we finished the basement) with a shelf and a sink makes me smile.

Tesha said...

It's awesome looking. I'm glad you guys are finally able to put roots down and keep them there for as long as YOU choose!!! I have one request..... pictures! Every holiday, birthday, or just cause!!

justthreadtwiddling said...

I'd like too join everyone else in welcoming you to your new HOME!!! It's always much nicer when a house becomes a home. You will have lots of new adventures in your new abode. Curly Top will have memories of the move and life with her own back yard. And not having to wait to use the toilet!!! I'm happy for all of you.

Candied Fabrics said...

WOot! You did great! And that the Goober keeps saying she loves it - priceless! :-)

Heather said...

Congratulations on your move!! It looks like you'll have room to grow and be very happy there.
I found your blog tonight via a search for dyeing with Wilton icing dyes. Thanks for writing the tutorial...it's great! I'm looking forward to trying it soon.
All the best--

nicoliebee said...

Reading about your home-happiness makes me feel better. I'm so glad you've finally moved in! Congrats!

Leonie said...

It looks fabulous, well worth the torture of inspecting dud houses to help with ensuring you really really appreciate the brilliance of what you have found.

Here's to many happy memories and heaps and heaps of crafting successes in your future!

Louiz said...

Oh lovely:) And also, enjoy unpacking and finding things you had forgotten about - it's like giving yourself presents.

Patricia said...

best wishes for you and your family.

Roxie said...

How wonderful to be discovering more reasons to love the place as you settle in! And no tools in the house!

If the power goes out, the blower on the fireplace will not work and you may have to manually ignite it if it doesn't have a pilot light, but a gas fireplace is a GODSEND during power outages.

And having your own laundry room will be worth its weight in rubies!

Anonymous said...

"Mabrouk" as they say in Egypt--congratulations! I'm still loving my house after 3 years. --Aldona

judy said...

Congratulations! We moved to a new house (downsized) in Sept. and unpacking took forever. We kept moving stuff around. Finally have it all where we want it now. Looks as if the Goob will have lots of outside room to run around and use up energy. Wishing you all the best....

Emily said...

Oh, congratulations! Just wonderful! I am so happy for you! Keep those pictures coming1

debsnm said...

Congrats on the new house! But, the blower won't help when the power goes out - just sayin'!!

Catie said...

lovely home - congratulations

Mandy said...

Congratulations! I'm happy to see you're moved in! It looks wonderful, and I am very jealous!!!

Wishing you many happy years in this lovely new home!

Amy Lane said...

Wow. I'm so damned happy for you-- that's AWESOME. Everything about it is awesome, from the bookshelf to the work room to the laundry room to the back yard and ESPECIALLY to the fact that it's ALL YOURS!

I hope the Goob has a blast there--you've worked hard for her to grow up in a good space.

David said...

Yay! So glad to hear you've just been busy unpacking and not serving time because of a manslaughter conviction...

Julia G said...

That is the ideal house, occupied by a retired carpenter with all that nice shelving. It's so nice to settle in one place after many moves -- congratulations!

Walden said...

Congrats! It looks like a great house!

MLJ1954 said...

Sounds wonderful. We have a skylight over our breakfast bar. Its super fabulous, even in the winter in Cleveland (well, as long as it is not piled high with snow . . . but even then the technology and stuff keeps the light coming in and the snow tends to melt quickly on the glass).

Yards are fabulous for kids and parents.

And having three bathrooms . . . ahhhh. Even so, be sure to put a lock on the one you use. LOL.

Vaughnde said...

Fabulous Julie! Congratulations on your new home and I'm so glad Goober is enjoying the backyard! I'm glad you have so many bathrooms too! My house is much smaller; not quite 550sq ft but it is perfect for me by myself. YAY no more Apartments! I look forward to reading your adventures in your new home!

Alwen said...

Take that guy and create his complete opposite and you'll have the limpet-brains who built our house!

It's awesome to have your own place. (And scary to think about leaving mine!)

Karin said...

Awesome space/s, awesome view. Congratulations!

Galad said...

It looks wonderful! All of that time looking for the right space paid off.

Lara said...

Yay! How exciting :)

Robin said...

Looks and sounds great! So glad for you. You'll have to change you "nomadic" on your blog.