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Friday, November 18, 2011

House Updates

Two weeks since my last post, and we're still moving along on the home buying process. We were supposed to close on November 21, but due to some snags (seems there is always something), we probably won't close until the week after that. No big deal, but it does put us on a much tighter moving schedule than we had originally anticipated. (Think 3 days instead of 10)

This is what the next week and a half looks like for us:

Monday, November 21. New window will be installed in the master bedroom to fix the broken one.

Wednesday, November 23. Day we will be allowed access to the house to clean and do other minor work before closing.

Provided some sort of miracle happens, we might be able to close Wednesday or Friday. But, we're not counting on it.

Monday, November 28. Closing day!

Tuesday, November 29 First day of moving, and also bathroom demo day. We'll rip out the shower stall insert and get everything ready for....

Wednesday, November 30 install new tub and tile the shower. Also, second day of moving.

Thursday, December 1 all things will be moved into new house. If I'm not dead by then, I'm hoping to have time to paint the bathroom and take out the wallpaper and everything.

How does that sounds for insane? If you are in the area and want to help move, I can say that we're definitely going to need it. I've got most of our stuff boxed up now, but I'll need help either pulling out the shower or getting stuff from Payson to Lindon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The New House

Apologies for so severly neglecting this blog. However, in light of some recent events, I've decided to blow off the dust, and make it something I update a little more often.

Daniel and I have put an offer in on a house in Lindon. Daniel was accepted to the engineering program at the University of Utah. And since Payson is a little far to commute for Daniel, we looked into renting in the area near the point of the mountain. Turns out rent is really high in that area. So, we looked into buying. In a whirlwind of events in which I fell in love with this house, we're under contract.

Things I love about this house:
  • It has oodles of exterior charm. It's much cuter than the many ranch/ramblers we saw.
  • It's close to I-15, so Daniel's commute won't be all that long.
  • It's in a great neighborhood in Lindon.
  • It sits on a spacious .5 acres. Which is a far cry from the 7.5 acres I grew up on, but I still love it.
  • It has some large trees and buildings in the back that will be perfect for Abigail to run around in.
With these great features; however, it comes with some grandma charm that will have to be... fixed. I will take you through the tour.

The first room is the living room/front room. It's large, with plain white walls. The light fixture puts some strange shadows on the wall, so it will definitely have to be replaced. There is a piano in the other corner. I don't think that's staying, which is a shame. It looks awesome.

Right off the front room is the master bedroom. This room features some lovely vinyl-like paneling on the walls. However, one of the things I do love, are the bay windows on the side.
Through the front room is the kitchen:

Yes, that is a window. I'll show you what it looks into in a moment, for now we're going to make a turn into the hall.

And make a left into the bathroom. This is the only photo I took of it, and I think part of the reason why is because of the crazy wallpaper. But, the bathroom only has a stand-in shower. We're going to rip it out and put a bathtub in before we move in. Abigail will not shower. Plus, babies in the tub is part of childhood.

Next room is the office/spare room. We're not sure exactly what we're going to do with it right away.

I feel like I should mention at this time, that this is not our stuff in the house. There are renters in the house right now, and it's their stuff.

Then there is a second bedroom. This one will probably be Abigail's room.

And, then there is the secret room behind the window in the kitchen. This was an addition onto the house.

Why they didn't take out the window that looks into the kitchen, I'll never know. But, it will be taken out and sheet-rocked over.

And yes, the laundry area is just sitting in the den. This will be framed in. And the window looking out into the garage will be taken out.

Now, for the yard:

So, what do you think? Any suggestions for making the yard/house beautiful and live up to its exterior charm? We are closing end of November, so stay tuned for updates!