"Oh, that's right, it's a weekday," I said, noticing the construction vehicles as Jarrod parked the car outside our completed house this morning. We got out of the car, and I strapped the baby carrier to myself as Jarrod got Gabe out of his carseat. He helped me snuggle him into the carrier. Please, please nap, I was thinking. Ethan was at his Nana's, and we were ready to walk through our house. The front door was opened. It's "our" house, but in that moment, it didn't totally feel like it. Can we go in? Should we wait?
There were no less than ten workers around the lot and the one next door. They were pulling the gazillion weeds by the curb, getting ready to plant our grass. I smiled at them as they all laughed and talked amongst themselves. I sort of felt like thanking them. I mean, sure, it's their job, but THEY BUILT OUR HOUSE. Instead, I just smiled. Oh, and thanks for pulling our weeds. ;)
Our realtor showed up, and we leisurely walked up the driveway, eyeing up the house in areas we had previously brought up concerns with. Some dents in the siding by the garage doors. Tyvek showing from the bottom in one spot. Some shingles we'd noticed issues with on the roof. Things like that. I peered inside the window at the front door and saw a man leaning on our kitchen island.
"He's here," I said to Jarrod and our realtor. We weren't sure if the customer service guy was already there or not.
We walked inside, introduced ourselves, he asked the usual questions about the baby strapped to me. "Is he awake? How old is he? What's his name? He seems content." Yep. Almost 5 months. Gabe. Well, Gabriel. Yep, he's content, for the most part. Let's hope he stays that way. Hahaha. For at least the next two hours...
He reviewed our binder with all of the warranties and businesses and utility information we might ever need. We then began our walk-thru, pointing out areas we noticed that had dings or dents or issues that we wanted fixed within the next week. The basement took the longest. Bor-ing. This wire goes to this, this is how you shut that off, this pipe goes here, this is how you exit the basement in an emergency, but don't show your 2.5-year-old, blah blah. I waited by the stairs toward the end, and the second the customer service rep said, "We can go upstairs now," I darted up, ready to take pictures. I mean, Instagram needs to see this stuff, you know? :)
My BEAUTIFUL kitchen. I am in love with it. The cabinet space is ridiculous. You're like, Whaaaat? It's not ridiculous. But please understand, it's about 3 times the size of our last kitchen. Yeah.
Our foyer. I've been looking at benches and tables and vases and plants and all kinds of things. I have no clue how I'll decorate this area, but I'm excited to make this space beautiful and welcoming.
Half of our basement. Our BASEMENT. Our last house didn't have a basement, so, this is huge. A place to just put our STUFF instead of having to get in the car and drive to a storage unit we're paying $90 a month for. So nice.
Our family room. Fresh vacuum lines. New carpet. Ah, the smell of a new house. Big windows. Light. Ready to fill this space with laughter and snuggles and family and friends.
The study. Also known as MY ROOM. :) Thankfully, Jarrod and I agree...basements and garages are for boys. He gets to do his reloading in the basement and his other boy stuff in the garage. His gun safe is already going to ugly up our bedroom, so, this? This is my claimed office space, and I cannot wait to make it PRETTY. ;) Love being able to look out the window to the porch, and I love that glass door.
Ah, yes. The loft. Many people say this is such a great space with endless possibilities. A play room area. A sitting area. I have no set plan on what we are going to do with it. I don't love the idea of it being a play area. I want it to be nice and neat-ish. It will likely become a sitting area. We chose to have availability for cable hookup there, so, there are possibilities, but I'm thinking it'll be a sitting type of area to start. This may someday be a 4th bedroom, should another child enter the picture. That's the way-down-the-road plan, anyway, because there is a closet there already. :)
The boys' bedrooms there on the right, and the main 2nd floor bathroom on the left. I'm undecided on how I want to decorate that bathroom. Do I want to make it "the boys' bathroom," or do I want it to be a neutral "main bath?" Hmm...
Our bedroom, and the laundry room.
Pretty sure we will never have enough furniture to fill this huge bedroom. But it's still nice. :) Doors: walk-in closet on left, bathroom on right.
I have already decided I will be taking a bath in that tub the first day we move in. Totally serious. :)
Our walk-in closet. *angels singing*
I'm pretty sure this will be the last "home tour" on my blog until it's looking a little furnished. Nothing will change between now and move-in day next week. All of this is quite the change from this back in March, eh? :)
Home sweet home, we are looking forward to the many memories we are about to make with you!