Whatta day. Whatta month! We’re feeling very exhausted–mentally and physically–but are happy to be where we are. Monday we closed on our Utah home and signed it over to its new owners, and yesterday we made the 4.5 hour drive to our new town and moved all of our stuff into our new home, with the help of some family members (yay for living close to family!!) and new neighbors.
We actually aren’t going to start residing here until early next week when we finalize the closing, but we were able to strike a deal with the previous owners that allowed us to move our belongings in early since the house was vacant and we were newly homeless. Every time we walk through our new house, we get even more excited about its potential.
The house was built in 1992 and is 3412 square feet–a lot larger than I ever wanted to try to maintain but the layout, neighborhood and equity potential won us over. It is a rambler, meaning you walk in on the main floor and there is a staircase leading to a finished basement–each floor being just over 1700 square feet. Today, we’ll just share photos of the main floor and cover the basement in another post. And also, I owe you a better floor plan, but this is the one that the appraiser drew up for us to give you an idea of how things are laid out.
Let’s dive in! Note: we’ll share plans for each space in a different post. Let’s think of this as room introductions only.
The first area you’re greeted with is this sweet front patio, seating area. I am so confused with the brick pattern and how it changes depending on the wall but it doesn’t bother me terribly–just makes me say, “hmmm.”
As you walk in the front door, you see what we’ll be using as a living room right in front of you (labeled as “family” on the floor plan). I know that tile in a living space is pretty common in tropical settings, but in Idaho? Not really necessary.
To the right (marked “living” on floor plan) is what we’ll be using as a library/reading room.
It’s a small room with amazing windows and natural light. Can you just imagine a Christmas tree in front of those window in a couple months?!
Back to the great room–our living room/dining room/kitchen. It’s about 33 feet long and it took me a bit to wrap my head around. I think the tile flooring threw me for a loop. I just didn’t see living room, but once we lay wood floors throughout this entire floor (numero uno on our list), it will really transform things I think.
The layout of the kitchen, particularly the island and pantry, is interesting–but we’re excited about the potential here more than anywhere.
That’s a big mirror on the wall on the right and it is very attached to the wall.
And then the countertops.
The ray of sunshine in the kitchen is definitely these corner windows.
Here’s the view from the kitchen into the dining room and living room area.
And to the left there is a doorway that leads to a laundry room, garage, and half bathroom.
All of the cabinetry in the laundry room (and a countertop!) are great perks.
There is also a closet that they added shelves to and took out the hanging rod, which we’ll definitely reverse because we definitely need a coat closet.
Opposite the laundry room is that half bath. Pretty basic.
Now pretend you are back at the front door and behind you is the bright yellow room. Here’s what you see:
Another stuck mirror to the right and forward is another half bath.
And to the right are double doors (!!) leading to the master.
The master bath is large, but definitely could be optimized.
Through the master bath is a walk in closet:
The last room on this level is the fifth bedroom, but we’ll use it as an office. There’s no closet in here and the baseboards are minuscule, but that window is lovely. We contemplated using this as Greta’s room, but the bedrooms downstairs are larger and have great closets so it made more sense to take advantage of those.
Right next to the office and opposite the master is the staircase that leads to the lower level. We’ll share those photos soon. So much to do! Do you see the potential?