Monthly Archives: July 2013

Our Piece Of The Dream


So the scoop is this…we close on a house on August 5th! It has passed all the haggling and inspections have passed and we are in the home stretch. But let me back up for a second.

Back in June we were checking out our local reality company’s web listings. We were saving up for a bigger down payment and wanted to know what we could get for our money. Of course we had a list of things we wanted. Big on my list was a ranch style home with a finished basement, a great kitchen with original cabinets (didn’t want someone else’s renovation), 3 or 4 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. Ryan wanted a garage, a driveway and a good backyard. Well, we found it for a lot less money and a lot more square footage then we thought we could afford. It’s the answer to my mid-century modern dreams…*swoon*. Would you like to have a look?

Property Photo

Courtesy of here is a sneak peak of our 1957 dream home. It’s 2000 square feet and boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a finished basement, garage (under the house) and a driveway. Would you like to see inside?

Notice the original cabinets? I’m in love! The built-in next to the fridge doesn’t match so it must have been put in later. I’ve been obsessively planning an update. But the layout is everything I always wanted. I even like the wall oven.

Close second to my love of the kitchen is the big livingroom window. It had me at hello. I also adored the little nook you see in the corner. It’s going to be a fabulous space for my desk and all the writing magic that goes on there. I’ve already been collecting paint swatches decided on curtains. Ryan requires curtains for privacy so I agreed to shears. I refuse to block any of that glorious natural light.

The first two pictures are the master bedroom with the his and hers closet. The next two are kids rooms. I’m actually pretty excited about the wood paneling in the smaller bedroom. I’m a big fan of painted wood paneling. Also don’t let the sliding doors fool you. Those closets are cavernous! There is even one in the hallway to store coats, shoes and the vacuum cleaner. The storage in the house is nothing short of awesome.

Check out the funkadelic plaid shag. Ryan actually likes it. The plan is for this to be the older girls bedroom and family room. They are only home every other week and 2 out of 3 girls are in high school this year. While a fourth bedroom would have been ideal we can’t have everything.

The backyard isn’t half bad either. We walked through the house on a Thursday night and put in our offer before we left. We know it was the right house for us. Sure we could have taken our time and looked at more, but we recognized that this was the only house on the market in our area that met the majority of our criteria. And it felt like home. In my book that was the most important part. I won’t tell you what we agreed to pay, but it was $20,000 less than we planned on spending when we thought we were waiting. We felt it was priced well so we went in strong. They didn’t accept our offer, but they countered well and we took it. Then the hunt was on for our financing. Turns out we qualify for a FHA loan. Why no one told us this back in March when I tried to get a pre-approval I’ll never know. But it’s ok because this house was waiting for us. Now fingers crossed nothing goes wrong before closing!