our new house!

April 30, 2010 at 7:02 am 10 comments

jason and i have been looking for a house for about a year now.  we wanted an older house in a particular neighborhood, but price was an issue.  this house was a short sale, we were the second ones in, we’ve had to wait…but now we’re going into escrow.  let me take you on a tour!this is the living room, painted a bright sunny yellow.  i love the bookcases and other details of older homes.  and that leads into the…

…dining room, which is a bright orangey-red.  i finally have an excuse to have a red dining room.  ’cause you know, painting a light color over a dark color is really hard, so we’ll probably paint it a toned down version of this.  yay!  and if you look off to the left, you’ll see……my future studio!  lots of light and space; we’ll probably fix that window up with some new glass.  eventually, we’d like to put a master bath in this space, which connects through a closet to the master bedroom.  having only one toilet kinda scares me.  but enough of my issues, let’s continue into the……kitchen, which has been redone recently (2005?) with granite (!) countertops and stainless steel appliances.  there’s room over there for a kitchen table, with a nice sunny window to look out of while eating granola.  let’s turn around and head through the laundry room to……the cheery second bedroom, which we’ll either use as a guest room or office.  not sure.  walk through the room, ignoring the big ole’ walk in closet with a built in dresser, into the hall and peek into the……bath, which has a new full-sized tub (and sole toilet) and two, count em’, TWO sinks!  and i love the colors.  keep walking down the hall into the……master bedroom.  love, love, LOVE the color.  it’s agean blue and so soothing.  it will probably be a little cozy with our king bed, but i’m still psyched.  if you turn right into the closet, you’re back in my future studio, which is perfect.  i want to show you some of the cool details of this house:like this book shelf in my future studio;built-ins everywhere, like this hall closet;and the rounded doorways like this one that leads from the dining room into the living room.  and check out that bright sun coming in through the window!  check out the backyard:it’s fenced in and has a garage (yay!  a place for all our crap!  we recently had the brilliant idea to make put much needed new doors on it that would allow us to make it more of an outdoor room.  it’s already finished, so we dream of polishing the concrete floor and putting some cool furniture in it):and finally, the grassy area, just the right size for molly to roll in the grass.  we’ll probably xeriscape the front yard but keep the grass in the back.thanks for visiting!  i’ll keep you posted on whether this all works out.  fingers crossed!

UPDATE: as of today, June 9, 2010, this baby is ours!  there was a lot of waiting, uncertainty, and knuckle-biting, but we finally own this little slice of cuteness.  thanks to everybody who listened to rants about the process, helped us figure out financing, and provided that all-important moral support.  we couldn’t have done it without you!

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  • 1. chris  |  April 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Looks like it will be fun to get it set up; wish we were there to help you with your third/fourth? move … keep us posted on the inspection results. Have you met the neighbors? Any dogs in the neighborhood close by?

    It seemed quiet so I think it will be grand…but will you still hear the train?

    • 2. Amy  |  April 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      haven’t met any neighbors yet, but we’ve mostly been there during the day, so they’re probably off at work. our realtor spoke with the seller, who said that they had great relationships with their neighbors and had backyard barbeques together. apparently, a neighbor has been coming over and mowing the lawn for them, as they’re now in hawaii! there are two dogs next door, and we always see people walking their dogs in that neighborhood, so maybe we’ll find some new friends for molly. we’ll probably still hear the train, but hopefully we won’t be able to feel it rumbling by anymore.

  • 3. dychiang  |  April 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    The color scheme is eerily reminiscent of the walls in my house. Perhaps both of our previous homeowners consulted the same standard pallette? Will you and Jason re-paint?

    • 4. Amy  |  April 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      we will likely repaint some of it, maybe tone it down a little, but i actually like the colors overall. the people who lived there before us had two little boys, and with the house empty, you can see all the little dings and the grey lines where frames used to be. and actually, i’ve always wanted a terra-cotta-ish orangey-red dining room, and now i think i can have one. cause i mean, it’s so hard to paint over dark colors, right? so we could just paint it almost the same color with a lot less work, right? right?

  • 5. Greg  |  May 4, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Congratulations on the house. It looks like it has a lot of great potential which I’m sure you’ll maximize out once you move in. It looks like a great place to call “home”.

  • 6. Chris  |  May 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Can you some how get a paint chip for me of the bedroom in your current house? Or, maybe in the shed there is an old paint bucket. I loved the eggplant … then I’ll think of you both when I paint our bedroom!!

    Keep us posted on your new house///

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  • 8. Kirsten  |  May 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Wow, the house is beautiful! I somehow missed the email that J sent back in late April (blaming it on exams) and Greg just reminded me of it. Now I see what all the fuss is about. I hope you hear back soon (this week maybe??). The colors are so cheery and all that light will be great for all of your artistic inspirations. Thanks for the tour!

  • 9. Lauren  |  June 29, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, I am so in love with that house! I am jealous and excited at the same moment. I am so happy for the two of you! Have fun moving in and figuring out where everything is meant to be. And, a studio with natural lighting!!!! Every artist’s dream (well, it’s one of mine anyway).

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