Thursday, May 2, 2013

Our first home

I am so happy to finally share the exciting news that loyal and I have purchased our first home! We closed on Tuesday so it is officially ours. :)  
A little background: at the beginning of the year we decided we were going to buy a house later this year. We decided to just "see what was out there" and began browsing on realtor.com, trulia, etc.  We saw a few house that we liked or would at least be interested in seeing but we quickly realized that the good ones were going fast and by fast I mean flying off the market. At the same time, we decided to go ahead and start working with a mortgage person to figure out a budget and what we needed to do to have everything ready to go when the time came. She advised us that the interest rates will go up this summer. Crap!  Soooo, we got released from new jersey and decided that we would go and look at some houses and get a feel for the area we wanted to live in. We met with a realtor, told him we only had one day available and set up to look at as many houses that we could fit into one saturday afternoon.  Talk about a long day!  We saw 10 houses that day and lucky #4 was one that we threw into the list last minute the day before. Loyal and I are the type that knows what we want when we see it. But at the same time, this was the first time we had ever really looked at houses, especially with the possibility of buying. We decided we liked it a lot, talked about putting in an offer while we were there but eventually decided on seeing the rest of the houses planned for the day. Were we ready for this???  We weren't sure. We decided to sleep on it and the next afternoon we put in an offer.  We went back and forth with the owner and about a week later we agreed on an offer and went under contract!  At this point, I knew it was ours. I know things can easily fall through but I had a feeling about this one. 
So that's our story.  We went from wanting to buy later this year to seeing a house one time and closing 6 weeks later (four days before my due date),
we might just be crazy. 

The house is just outside of New Orleans.  It was built about 50 years ago and with that comes some compromises, which you will see.  It needs some work but we are super excited to renovate and create our dream home. 
So here it is, the first 'house tour'
(fyi: the only picture Loyal and I actually took was the one above.  All the others were taken off of the realtors website (the very blurry ones) or from our spies that we sent to an open house.)
Exterior

When we started looking, I had a secret passion for black and white houses. My husband on the other hand, preferred stucco. Boo. Agreeing can be really hard sometimes.  Thankfully, we both fell for this one and lucky me, it just so happened to be black and white.  :)
Plans: need a new roof and for some reason the seller was in love with his front door, so he took it with him. Strange, I know.  That's fine though, because we weren't really in love with it and were planning on replacing it.
Downstairs:
Formal Living
Plans: replace hardwoods (or should I say laminate, gross) add black french doors to entrance and built it shelving against the back wall
Dining Room
Plans: this really just needs some aesthetic help. We might add a chair rail, maybe some black paint because who doesn't paint their dining room black? Still deciding. 
Kitchen

Compromise #1 - we always wanted a big kitchen. Especially when we are bumping into each other, fighting over the sink or running out of counter space.
Oh well. 
Plans: reface cabinets (white), white counter top (still discussing stone selection), subway backsplash, grey paint. That's as far as we've got with that and this will not be our first project so by the time we get to it, plans may have changed completely.  One thing that will happen no matter what: open up the far wall with the window cut-out, that has to go. 
Den
OMG can we say brown paneling?! Awful! This room is a little scary and I honestly can not believe I am posting pictures. This will be the very first thing to come down. (Actually, it's tied with the master bath for first sledge hammer project.) 
Plans: DRYWALL is a must, paint fireplace white (for now), new mantel, new molding, new everything! And 86 the cafeteria floors, please!  Keep in mind that the divider window wall into the kitchen is coming out. 
Powder Room
Plans: replace everything. Maybe even the toilet, we haven't decided. 
Garage
Having a garage (a 2 car at that!) is a huge plus in New Orleans.  I honestly didn't think we would have one. 
Compromise #2 - laundry in the garage, what the hell??  Whatever, I'll take it if it means we get a garage. I guess. 
Plans: sweat my face off while i'm doing laundry in the summer? Excellent.

Back Yard
One of the main selling points. We immediately fell in love with the backyard. Of all the houses we saw, this was the only one with a REAL backyard that was already fenced in. A dream come true for our 3 little pups! 
Plans: replace patio (ours has a huge crack), build a badass pergola over the patio, add some awesome outdoor furniture and make some frozen margaritas!  Now that's a plan!
Upstairs:
Master Bedroom
This room has some pretty good bones. The upstairs has laminates as well so those of course have to go. 
Plans: paint, decorate, sleep (hopefully, this sounds like a lot of work)
Master Bath
Compromise #3 - talk about the smallest master bath EVER!  Huge bummer but at this point, every house is going to have some compromises.  Oh, how I can't wait to share one sink with my husband.
Plans: GUT THE ENTIRE BATHROOM!  Unfortunately, the stairs are on the other side of the bathroom so we can't really expand.  We are in the process of choosing/agreeing/compromising on finishes.
Bedroom #1
This will be the nursery.  It is right across the hall from our room and closest to the guest bath so it seemed like the right fit.
Plans: not really much to do here other than paint and decorate.
(This will be the very first project we plan to do, just because it will be quick and easy.  Stay tuned for more detailed plans ahead!)
Bedroom #2
This will be the guest bedroom until we have another baby which at that point, the nursery will become the 'new nursery' (hopefully pink) and little man will upgrade to a 'big boy room.'
Plans: paint and decorate
Bedroom #3
This will be the office/play room/everything else room
Plans: um new floor please.  paint and decorate
Guest Bath
Ugh, more blue.  How could someone live with this?!
Plans: change everything, quickly.
Well, that's it.  Our first house!  Hope you liked it.

Fyi to all of my Atlanta friends: we aren't planning on moving any time soon.  We are still going to be traveling with work and our time off will be split between Atlanta and New Orleans.  No going away party just yet! 
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    1. Thank you! We have a lot of work to do but we are beyond excited!!!

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  2. So HAPPY for you all!! And yes lots of work to come...but you are so good at doing these tasks.. Fingers crossed for little Loyal to come soon. (being induced is not that bad, I was with both MacKenzie and Trevor) <3

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  3. Congratulations! What a gorgeous home! Wishing you and your little family many happy years here :)

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