As I said in my last post, we are buying a new home. The featured photo is a photo of our current home. This home has been home for 5 years and 4 months. It has seen me through the entirety of my photography career. Also, it has seen the big boys through their middle school years.
On November 19, this home will belong to someone else. I wish them well with this house.
On November 19, we will get to close on our forever home.
I am starting to think about furniture and wall-hanging placements in the new house. It’s kind of important to do it now. I also suspect I will have to get rid of a bunch of wall hangings.
We took a couch to Goodwill yesterday. Someone is coming to pick up my armoire and a roll-top desk on Friday. The desk area in our new kitchen is enough storage area for my gear and bags, so no need for the armoire anymore.
We are going to have to buy a new fridge. The fridge in the new house is leaking at the water dispenser. However, the people buying our house are keeping the fridge here, which is perfectly fine by me.
A New Home: Flooring
We have ordered flooring: here it is. We are putting in luxury vinyl plank, in a light brown/reddish shade with random knots. I love it. It is not the same shade of stain as the current woodwork in the house. However, I think that it will contrast nicely with the current woodwork and our furniture. There was a picture on the back of the sample with contrasting furniture like ours and it looked absolutely beautiful.
Jared and JJ are going to network the entire house. They are going to put ing hardwire internet everywhere there is a phone line currently. Everywhere, that is, except the bathrooms. The bathrooms currently have phones, as well, but we do not need internet by the toilets.
We meet a painter on Monday for a quote to paint the entirety of the inside of the new house. We are hoping to get painting and flooring in before we move in.
I was just going to live with the current lighting fixtures in the new house, but Jared gets more and more vocal about the gold 1990’s fixtures as time gets closer to moving in. It suits me fine to change them out. I just wasn’t going to worry with the expense until further down the road. So, I guess it is time to start adding to my Amazon wishlist.
A New Home: Turning Three Bedrooms into Four Bedrooms
Porter chose the office as his bedroom. Our new home is technically a three bedroom house, but it has an office that has a closet. The office is really bigger than either of the other two bedrooms for the boys, but it lacks a door by the foyer. Jared decided he wanted to have our friend Johnny build a secret bookcase door, and Porter loves this idea. I worry that Porter won’t like having a bedroom so close to the living room and dining room and front door because of the noise factor, but Porter is pretty adamant that he wants that room. Whatever gets him excited about this move makes me happy. Porter is my most sentimental boy (he is truly a younger version of myself that hasn’t quite gotten beaten up by life yet). He is very attached to our current home and his current room. We may eventually paint one of the walls in his new bedroom red, to match his current bedroom.
I worry that we are overextending ourselves with this new house, and Jared says we probably are overextending ourselves. But Jared also says that the updates we are doing to the new house will definitely increase the value, such that if we have to sell because we cannot afford it, we will be able to do so fairly easily.
The new house has an intercom system. I like this, but Jared is sort of dreading it. The boys are super excited to be able to talk to each other through the intercom system. Jared wants to take the intercoms out and patch the walls over because he thinks the boys will abuse the system. I tell him regularly, though, that if the intercom is there, I am much less likely to yell for people to come bring me something or whatever. I think it is a nice feature.
A New Home: The Yard
Ironically, the boys are very excited about the new yard. I say ironically because there is dramatically less grass there, and so many more trees and wild growth and bushes. Part of what I fell in love with about our current house was the idea that the boys would love to play in this yard. In their younger years, Porter and Liam did play outside more regularly. Oliver and Liam still go out in our current yard occasionally, even now. But Oliver says there is a lot more mysterious stuff to explore in the new yard.
However, the new front yard also features a circular driveway, and Liam and Oliver are excited about riding bikes in the circular driveway and the nearby cul de sac. Liam is excited because we have given him permission to ride his bike to the nearby rec center to meet his friends.
This change is sort of scary, and a few things could still go wrong even though all is going well so far. If for some reason the entire thing falls apart, this house we have loved for so many years would still be a great home for us. In fact, I like our family room with the only one couch now, and I look forward to using it for the next month or so as it is now.