So as I stated in this post, My Man and I have started to get the house hunting itch. We aren’t in serious ‘the-hunt-is officially-on’ mode yet, but we’ve been researching and looking around in the community we’re interested in. We’re thinking about making our big move within the next two years.
It’s been really exciting but also a dose of reality and nerve wracking at the same time. We’re learning what we’re each willing to compromise on and what we both consider must haves. Plus we’re learning what kind of compromises we’re going to have to make to stay within our budget. I’m sure everyone can relate to that right?
When we originally started looking, I did not want to be in a subdivision with neighbors who were a few feet away. I grew up in the country and appreciate the large yards and privacy that life afforded. So I was looking for a good sized yard with some privacy in a new house. But, after looking around and truly understanding what our options would be closer to the city, I’m realizing that a subdivision may be in my future.
A few weekends ago we toured a model home in a subdivision we are considering and I thought I’d share some pictures since I always love seeing how nicely decorated everything is in a model home and thought you’d enjoy it too.
I really liked the open layout of the kitchen and living area in this house. It was more of a square room so you could really have a conversation from the kitchen to living room if you wanted and it was a good size for us.
The kitchen had pretty white cabinets and a large island and everything I wanted in a kitchen. Although I wouldn’t opt for the gourmet kitchen – I mean who am I kidding? I’m not a gourmet cook by any stretch of the imagination.
The den was decorated nicely, but I’m not sure if it could be an office that would fit both of us. The laundry room had a cute ‘lost socks” sign with socks clipped to it. I loved that the laundry was right off the master on the second floor with lots of counter and cabinet space.
The master bath was big with double sinks and his and hers walk in closets – love that idea! And the master bedroom was bigger than our current master and a great size for us.
Overall we really liked this house, but with all the must-have items that we wanted to add on it may be out of our price range. We’re still thinking about it though. And we’ve really thought about our list of Must Haves and narrowed/expanded it to the following. (I know you blog readers probably aren’t all that interested, but it’s definitely helpful to write it down and work through it personally.)
- 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths
- About 3,000 square feet of house
- Backyard! (decent sized and relatively private)
- Master and kids rooms on the same level (most likely upstairs)
- More storage space (bigger closets and more of them)
- An office and/or space for 2 offices or desks
- Double sinks in the master bath
Nice to Have:
- Finished basement (Man Cave)
- Laundry room on the second level with bedrooms
- Formal dining room
- His and hers walk-in closets
- An updated kitchen with: white kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, an island and a pantry
What we’ve found really challenging is that the square footage that we are gaining in a house versus the condo we have now, is usually found in the additional bedrooms and not always in more living space. Since we don’t need the extra bedrooms right now because we don’t have kids yet (but we plan to in the next 5 years) it makes it hard to justify/swallow the larger house payments for something we aren’t ready to use yet. Just something for us to work through.
I hope you enjoyed the home tour and will probably be sharing more here as we continue our research!