So since the last time I wrote, we officially bought a house. Our first home.
It’s pretty crazy…and our story of how we got here to oh, ya know, a home now with a mortgage and yard attached, is pretty amazing.
Documenting said experience and the many stories already coming from just this one purchase has been on my to do list for multiple days. Weeks actually. But this said to do list has been pretty crammed and pushy lately with trips to the hardware store, scouring a certain lady’s list online to find qualified Tim “the tool man” Taylors, and my newly dubbed least favorite task so far: picking out paint colors.
Yes, I officially hate picking out paint colors. I’d rather you do it for me and then I’ll pick from what you suggest. Just don’t ask me to narrow it down or go buy another paint sample. I. can’t. do. it.
Moving on from my paint picking issue, now that I’ve actually come to the spot on my to do list that says write, here I am, not sure what to actually write about or where to start in sharing the story about our home.
So to start, I’ll just give you a written tour.
Here we are, homeowners!
We think we are the fifth or sixth or maybe seventh owners of our home (we aren’t exactly sure but a few families have called our cute ranch their home before). If our walls could talk they would talk about the many different colors they’ve worn over the years – in our digging so far we have found school bus yellow, a deep red, a bright teal, a pretty green, and a dark brown.
Our walls would begin telling us stories in the late 70s when they were first built and probably about the fun New Years party they helped hold at the start of the millennium. We know from our nice neighbor who has been here for all the different owners and colors, that although originally a three-bedroom home, a fourth bedroom, the current master, was added in the early 80s by the original owner. Thus the detached garage was created.
Our unique cherry floors draw the most attention besides the entryway wallpaper that everyone, and I mean everyone has an opinion about. We will gladly accept any opinion you have point blank as long as you know for now, we are keeping the wallpaper.
Right away after you get a good glance at the wallpaper or the floors (both steal the show), you will see a fun little room at the front of the house. It could be called the formal dining room or living room or my husband’s dream ball pit room. It will be our study and office.
What I haven’t yet written about is the many hands and feet that have helped us so far…making our start as homeowners such a special experience. Thank you to those (you know who you are) for your prayers, your help cleaning, painting, and dare I say it – picking out paint colors!
Our kitchen has seen some dramatic changes over the years including a wall being removed and basically newish everything. Unique to the home are arched cut out windows and doorways into the kitchen and into the family room. It’s quaint and the kind of character I love.
And oh how our home has plenty of character…some like the doorways that I love and plenty of other things like the different cracks and spots in the walls from different fixes that I don’t. But its character is growing on me – some days more than others.
Our family room has a fire burning fireplace that we hope to one day use but not until much later this year…I’m thinking Christmas time so the cold weather can stay away until then. I love our built in bookshelf but it also has some character to it…rustic character that we may try to freshen up a bit with a makeover later this year.
The room where we will sleep used to house cars but now it will house us. The current master is the old garage that was added on 30 plus years ago. That makes the room a bit chilly but chilly isn’t bad especially to catch some zzz’s.
Another element of character that I will simply have to adjust to is well water. Our home has a 250 foot deep well that provides all of our water. Now I can hopefully say my days being on well water are numbered as we would like to connect with city water in the coming few years, but for now it’s more character that I am going to learn to love about this home along with not having a water bill.
And there is more, oh, so much more…like the sky blue tile left in the original master bathroom probably from 1977. We are keeping that too, by the way, for some reason I am sentimental about it but we will give that bathroom an update keeping the blue tile once our bank account breathes a bit this summer.
There you have it, the written tour for now. We are coming off of a weekend where we added yet more colors to the mix for the walls to talk about. This time a minty green, bright white, deep violet/blue, and calming tan. And we are learning the joy of homeownership…we can pick the paint colors, paint them, and dare I say it…paint them again whenever we want!
And for the record, I’ll paint as long as I don’t have to pick the paint color or get a paint sample…
More homeownership stories to come,