Oh yah, and buying a house....quite possibly (hands down) the biggest change of the year (of our lifetimes).
I still cannot believe that we've lived in our house for a year. I thought it would be fitting for today to be about how 225 Winthrop ended up as the house we decided to make our first home.
When we were laying the groundwork of where our ideal area would be to start searching, we figured that it would be reasonable to live in the middle of where our two jobs would be. As you can see below, we pretty much nailed that spot on. (my work is yellow, Terry's is Red, and our house is purple)
Next, we wanted to narrow down what our deal-breakers were and what things we could compromise. Deal-Breakers (things we wouldn't sacrafice) Large backyard. Semi-fixer-upper. 2+ Bathrooms. 2+ bedrooms. Spacious Kitchen. Garage. Our Compromises (things we wanted but could live without) Basement (I'm from the east coast...I love a good basement!). Newer Appliances. Front porch. Patio deck.
Here was the house during our very first walk-through. Even through the old feel of the home, we saw so much potential. The layout was perfect for us (Our #1 layout factor: The bedrooms need to be away from the living area. Learned that in our rental in Austin).
Holy Wood Paneling
This was move-in day
Walk-Through view from the hallway entrance.
Walk-through. Holy Smokes was it dated! Still, it had such a good feel to it, it was open, lots to work with, and could picture us spending a lot of time here.