I don’t think I’ve written about this–we’ve been casually getting our house ready to put on the market and looking around for the house we want to buy.
I wanted a house with several acres at least, and enough space so that our family could grow.
We had to rule out building a house because we found out we needed something like 30% downpayment to buy land. With Tyler’s work situation and being young we don’t really have any savings. (Which stresses me out, but that’s a whole different subject.) We’re able to get an FHA loan without a downpayment to buy a house. Not ideal, but we can’t keep living in 1,000 sq. feet with one bathroom if we’re going to have more kids. There is just not enough space.
We got one of those portable storage POD things a few months ago and we’ve been boxing up things and putting them out there. It’s been hard because we use all of our stuff, so we have to go out to the POD and get it out then put it back. Our house has no storage, so anything we have is stuff we use all the time or I’ve already gotten rid of it.
Today we went to look at three houses in a town about 45 minutes away. It’s no closer to the Toyota factory where Tyler works, but it’s easier for him to get to work from there because he can go down the interstate close to this town instead of through our busy larger town traffic to get to the interstate. Right now it takes him up to an hour to get to the interstate from our house in afternoon traffic to go to work, then another 45 minutes to get to the factory from there. The other town we’re looking in will take him 5-10 minutes to get on the interstate!
The first house we looked at was disappointing. It looked pretty awesome on the website, but once we got inside of it we realized it didn’t exactly have any regular bedrooms. It was an older house (circa 1850′s) and the two rooms on the first floor were being used as bedrooms, but they had no doors. There was also a nice sized kitchen/dining room combo on the first floor and the one bathroom in the house. The washer and dryer were in the bathroom.
The second floor was all one big room and it had a ladder to a loft. That could be a bedroom, but there was no bathroom up there.
It had three fenced acres with horses, which was nice, but the house just wasn’t livable for our family with the weird bedroom situation. If both of the downstairs rooms were used as bedrooms then there would be no living room.
The horses in the front yard were pretty awesome and ridiculously friendly. They came over to the fence and bent down for kisses on their soft noses. I love me some horse noses.
Too bad that house wasn’t a fit for us. I would totally love to have my own horses.
The second house was perfect. I’ll come back to it in a second.
The third house was farther away down the interstate, actually close to yet another small town. (Mt. Sterling, for those familiar with the area.) It was an old house that had been completely renovated inside. Plenty of space, but it had a weird vibe to it. It felt dark and anxious inside despite bright new paint and new hardwood flooring. Not like home. It had three acres too, and gorgeous views of mountain foothills out of a picture window. I just couldn’t imagine living there.
Back to the second house. Oh, the second house.
House #2 was once a rural school house. It’s 72 years old, but it’s been lovingly renovated into a beautiful BEAUTIFUL home. Pictures do not even do it justice.
When you walk in it you feel like Pinterest has exploded. In a good way. I’ve named it The Dream House.
I forgot to take a picture of the outside, so I stole a crappy one from the internet.
This is the garage. The land behind the garage is the neighbor’s, unfortunately.
(Another stolen picture.)
It’s on one acre. This is a major downside for me, since I really wanted at least three acres if not plenty more, but I’m realizing we can either afford a tiny crappy house on nice land or a nice house on tiny land. I’m going to have to make a choice, or keep living in our current tiny house on no land until we can afford a nice house on nice land in like 10 years.
I guess I’m going to choose nice house on tiny land.
The good thing about this land is that it’s surrounded by farms. The entire property is surrounded by a cattle farm. Across the road are more farms. I saw a trailer with lots of kid toys outside of it, so there will be other kids nearby for my girls to hang out with.
There’s an old outbuilding directly behind the house that will make a PERFECT chicken coop. We just need to nail some plywood inside to line the walls since the boards have gaps predators could reach through. The building is even up off of the ground so nothing can dig under and get the chickens at night!
The other downside is that the house is on a busy road and the land isn’t fenced on the left side or the front down by the road. We would need to fence it right away, which could be expensive.
When you walk in the house through the side door by the driveway you’re standing in the kitchen.
I love the kitchen. A lot. I love every little thing about it.
Here’s another view of the kitchen.
Off of the kitchen is the laundry room. You can see the door to it in the first kitchen picture.
There’s also a pantry closet and a full bathroom back there.
The bathroom is beautiful.
This is the living room. To the left there are three nice sized bedrooms, and one of the bedrooms has another full bathroom in it. The stairs and kitchen are at your back.
This is at the top of the stairs. If you go down them the living room is at your left and the dining room leading to the kitchen is on the right. The front door is also on the right.
Upstairs there’s a little living room area and to the left is the girls’ bedroom and the master bedroom and bathroom are to the right.
The upstairs is 957 sq. ft. Our current house is 1,025 sq. ft. total!
This is the little living room space.
Across from the couch is a window with a built in sill space and a TV on a built in shelf, plus a space for a small desk and another arm chair.
Those french doors on the right lead to the master bedroom.
It’s a really pretty and spacious room. Can’t tell from this picture.
The bathroom is to the right. It has a clawfoot tub and a closet built into the eves of the house.
That door by the bathtub goes to the outside, but there’s no deck there. It’s a drop off. It has a screen nailed shut on it.
A little scary. But it would be awesome to build a big deck out there one day.
Directly across the hall through the living room nook and past the stairs is the girls’ room.
I’d like to put their two twin beds in there, one on each side of the window where the bookshelves are. I think they’ll fit.
All together the house has 5 nice sized bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, a gorgeous huge kitchen, a laundry room, a wrap around porch, a huge unattached garage, and an acre of land.
The house is 2,696 feet total.
It’s two miles from downtown, so not far to shopping but definitely out in the country. I can have dairy goats, chickens, etc. Whatever I can fit on the acre.
I only wish it had more land!
Tyler LOVES this house. It’s the first house I’ve picked that he likes.
He loves it so much that he’s planning on spending the day tomorrow finishing up all the last projects around our house and then putting a for sale sign in the yard.
After our house is up for sale we can make an offer on The Dream House contingent upon the sale of our current house.
Scary, exciting, and nail biting! I don’t know if our house will sell. I’m so afraid it won’t.
The Dream House is nearly perfect. I think it could be the house we’ve been searching for. I would love to live there.