Now that we’ve sold the other house and sold and moved the rest of the “stuff” we can finally get settled under one roof. Yeah!
We no longer have a basement which means we gave up a ton of storage. Our new bonus room is full of stuff I’ve still got to go through to decide what to do with. We do have a walk in attic, which is nice, but I don’t want to put things like art in the attic because of the changes in temperature. We have a ton of art, but with an open floor plan we don’t have a lot of wall space.
We downsized from three guest rooms to one. We thought we’d have two, but I’ve made the second one my office. The small room I’d originally planned to use was just too small, and we’re using it as a sitting area. It’s damned hard to go from a bonus room as an office to a small bedroom, but I’ll manage.
The rest of the house I love. The kitchen is more open than the other house. Fewer cabinets, but we have two pantries! Our master bedroom is huge, though due to the windows and doors there is only one way the furniture can be arranged. We have a fabulous bathroom. Seriously…We could entertain in there. We have a walk-through shower with three shower heads. And our closet is a big improvement over the other house. To make it even better Hubby and I customized it with drawers, shelves, and rods as our first new house project.
The best part is the back yard. Hubby says we bought the back yard and the house came with it. We’ve had a pretty mild summer, and I’ve probably spent as much time sitting on the back porch (it’s where I worked since all the boxes were stacked in my “to-be” office”) as I did inside. Besides the porch, there is an outside kitchen, patio, fire pit and gazebo. The yard is fenced in and landscaped beautifully.
The neighborhood is great. We’ve already had two street parties! It’s a new street and only one house hasn’t sold, so everyone has lived here two years or less. Therefore, everybody is pretty social. There’s a good mix of ages–young families to retired couples.
Now that we have all of our belongings under one roof we can really decide what we’re going to keep and what else we’re going to part with. Difficult, but necessary decisions.
We are grateful to be under one roof and hope to have an open house in a few weeks before the weather turns cold. That’s incentive to unpack and hang pictures quickly.
It will be nice to finally feel settled. I love the neighborhood and the community. Now, I’m ready to love my house!