Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I finally saw the house!

Everyone has had an opinion on this- the fact that I haven't seen the house and "let" Matt pick the house out.  It really wasn't a big deal. We've been married for 15 years, watched countless hours of HGTV together, have lived in 3 houses... he knows what I like. Besides, there wasn't really much other choice other than waiting until after school was out to even look- and stay in an apartment or something while we did that. For those of you who don't know- houses in Mass (at least that area) are listed on a Monday or Tuesday and have an open house the following Sunday. They then collect offers and decide on one. That is how fast you have to decide if you want to put an offer in! It's crazy. The second time Matt saw the house was inspection day. No "second showings" here!!

We laughed because as we started the house hunt online in Southern NH and Northern Mass almost every house was a Colonial Style. I joked about it constantly- how creative realtors had to get to describe THEIR Colonial.  But, in the end, we got a Cape Cod!! (Pretty much the only other option, other than the split levels from the communities built in the 1970s).  It is considered an "Oversized Cape" because of a huge addition that was put on a few years ago.

The house is very cool. It is very unique and has lots of character.  Anyone who knows me well knows that cookie cutter houses are not interesting to me. I love the quirks of a custom built house- even if I didn't build it. This is no exception.  The floorplan is unique, but has nice flow and the rooms are all very spacious.  There is so much storage that I honestly don't know what I'll even put in all of it! As you'll see in the pictures there are "built ins" (after market- not true) in several rooms. We will actually probably take them down from the family room and master bedroom and move them to the basement and garage. I don't have tons of knick-knacks and they'd end up looking cluttered and junky.  A few bookshelves will be just fine. :)

There is no formal living room or office/den in the house but we'll figure that out as we need to. We'll either put our office in the basement or at one end of our master.

So... the moment you've all been waiting for- the photos!!

The shed- opposite the garage/house

View from the house down the driveway. Notice the street is not visible. It is a private drive with just one other house.

Side entrance, which is really the main entrance.

Entrance door. The door from the garage to the house meets up with this door in a little mud area/landing of sorts.

View from front yard down drive. The road you see on the right leads to the neighbor's house.

Front yard

Front entrance. It is beautiful and I love the stairs, however, there is no sidewalk to get there. It is a functioning door, but probably doesn't/won't get much use.

Patio from "back" door/laundry room

Four Season room off of Family Room
Also leads to patio.

Eat in area of kitchen. The bay window is to the left of the side entrance when looking at house.

Kitchen- not huge, but big enough and notice the wall of cabinets to the left (pictured below)

wall of cabinets. Plus, to the left is a Butler's Pantry.

View from kitchen down hall to laundry room (ahead) and entrance to house (on right)
Also, to left is a half bath.

Laundry room of my dreams.

More laundry room. We think the book rack must be for shoes.

From other angle. Can you tell I love the laundry?

Dining room from hallway/kitchen area. Notice kitchen desk to left.

Basement door ahead, dining and entrance to left, family room to right.
I do not particularly like the pillars, but they are load bearing.

Great room (as taken from dining room area/pillars)

Sun room. It has radiant floor heat as well as vents for air, so it can be used year round.

Sun room

View from family room into dining room (left) closet (center) and master bed (right)

Master.  See how big it is and almost divided- thinking of putting office area in the foreground area.

Stairs- at main entrance

From top looking down

One of the original bedrooms. It has a twin. There is also a really ugly full bath next to it.

Playroom area outside of addition bedrooms

Other side of that playroom and hallway from addition to rest of upstairs.

Kids' rooms. Both are huge and have interesting roof angles. The one that Amelia will use also has built in bookshelves.

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