Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

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Remember all those posts I wrote about house hunting?  And remember when I wrote about the house we really liked and made an offer?  Well, after a stressful two months we finally own it.  And now I own, and live in, a house.  An actual house.
 
We moved in last weekend.  Things have been crazy.  Buying a house is complicated, and stressful, and exhausting.  Then you have to pack up all your stuff, and move it.  And then unpack it and figure out where everything belongs.  That part is exhausting, too.
 
So I’m finally getting around to posting about our new house.  Our new house.  That I own and live in.  It has a front yard AND a back yard.  And a garage and a storage room and rose bushes and a fire place.  All of these things are very strange to me.  After one week in our new place, I still feel like I’m crashing at a friend’s place or a very fancy timeshare.  Everything is familiar, and all my stuff is here, but it still doesn’t quite feel like home yet.  I know nesting is a long process, especially with our busy schedules, but it will happen in due time.
 
I’m going to keep pictures of the front of our home off the internet (I’m looking at you, creepers).  But here are some details:
 
Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House
Stained glass on the door.

 

 

 

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House
Rose bushes lining the walkway.
 
Pretty darn cool, eh?  I spent an hour yesterday pruning the roses and I was in heaven.
 
 
Front entrance / living room:
Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House
 
Living Room with weird raised fireplace that I want to paint eventually:
Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

Bedroom that we are using as our Master.  It’s small, but has just enough space for our queen bed and a dresser, and it’s connected to the main bathroom, and that’s really all we need out of a Master.

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

Main bath (that door leads to our bedroom):

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

 

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

The shower is amazing …. like a spa.

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

I’m using a little room at the front of the house as my office!  It’s a tiny space … the previous owners were using it as a kid’s bedroom but it was really cramped.  It’s a perfect office space.  I can open the window, feel the breeze, and hear the fountain in front of our house.  A massive change from the dark corner of our bedroom that was my “office” in our last place.

Unfortunately we had a little incident with Mr. BFT’s desk during the move, and since my current desk wasn’t a great fit for my new office, we decided Mr. BFT would take my desk and I would get a new one.  Since the space is so small I wanted to get white furniture.  Off to Ikea we went and after a few little meltdowns, I settled on a desk/drawer combo that I wasn’t completely in love with but was the best option and we needed something quick.  Now that it’s set up I really love it; my only complaint is that it’s too shallow and lower than my old desk so I keep bumping my knees on the underside of the desk.  I just have to get used to it.  Eventually I’m going to get a shelving system that will go on that wall so I can get my laptop off the makeshift binder shelf and I’ll have more room for my keyboard.  And the rug was a Target find; it looks red in the picture but it’s actually hot pink.

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House
 
Down a hallway leads to our kitchen, dining space, and third bedroom.
Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

Poorly lit dining space:

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

Bonus area adjacent to the dining space that I think we are going to turn into a cozy little library/reading space:

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

Second bathroom:

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

Third bedroom, which will be Mr. BFT’s office / guest room:

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

 

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

Laundry / Storage area (with the previous owner’s stuff; no, we didn’t get to keep the washer and dryer:

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

 

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

Backyard.  I think most people would be disappointed with a yard this small, but for us it’s perfect.

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

Another little rose garden along the side of the house, adjacent to the driveway:

Life List Item Complete: I Bought a House

So that’s our little home.  It needs a few structural repairs and the garage needs major work to be brought up to code (it used to be a carport that was shabbily converted into a garage), and that will all be taken care of in the next couple of weeks.  After that madness is done, we can turn to decorating.  I’m sooo excited to decorate our new house!

It’s such a great feeling to cross this huge item off my Life List!  I can’t believe I’m a homeowner!  It’s going to take a while to sink in.

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What do you think of our new home?  Did we make a good purchase?