House tour complete, and I’m soooo confused. I’d love some input if you’re willing to read through my ramblings…
Main level consists of an open area which includes the kitchen, a living room area, and dining area, as well as the master bedroom and one other bedroom on that level.
Kitchen / Dining: Amazing. Overall the pictures don’t lie, the house really did look like the listing online. There is lots of stone and brick throughout. Our realtor warned us that many might think the house is rather eclectic, and it is, but I’m not bothered by the many different finishes. There is a large extension to the kitchen counter which serves as a circular eating area, plus, the other dining space in another area of the main level. So plenty of seating total. The kitchen is seriously more than I would ever need, in fact, there is a gas wolf range that I wouldn’t even know how to turn on. I assume it makes Mac and cheese and frozen pizzas just fine! No laughing, I’m serious. There is a pantry, although not large, and lockers off the garage to drop all your junk, just off the kitchen. We don’t have a huge pantry now, so probably not something that would bother me. I didn’t look very closely at the fridge… That’s one thing I feel like can never be large enough, but I did notice they had a fridge/freezer in the garage, so possibly an option for us as well.
Living Room: Very pretty, lots of windows, lots of light, which I love. Spiral staircase next to this area, very pretty as well. One thing I noticed overall is that the house has lots of tans, browns, and gold tones, whereas our furniture we own now is more gray, black, and white tones. Hum… How is that gonna work?? The backsplash in the kitchen was, interesting… It might need to be replaced, but that’s not a huge deal, nor is it anything that would need to be done soon. More of an afterthought if I ever wanted to update I guess. Real wood floors in the living room, Kona would definitely scratch them. Perhaps she would need to start living in just the lower level… Not sure how that would work though since she is so used to being so close to us, including when she sleeps at night.
Master Bedroom / Bathroom: Very pretty, but again, tones of brown and tan. Would painting an entire house be a huge expense? I’m obviously not going to paint myself. Although I guess we can’t really repaint when most of the stone and such is brown tones as well. Hum… All new furniture sounds a little overwhelming to me. Master bathroom has very interesting flooring and walls. It’s tiled, makes me think the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, but not necessarily in a good way. The tile has an odd green in it, and the shower has this large, multi head shower combo thing going on. It looks confusing to me and unnecessary. There are separate closets off the bathroom, which is nice, since Eric basically just throws everything of his on our closet floor, and it drives me crazy!
Main Level Bedroom: Besides the master there is just one other bedroom on the main level, which is very much decorated for a boy, complete with wallpaper that looks like blue jeans. It’s not tacky really, looks rich in a way, but simply will not work for a girl’s room. I suppose wallpaper is not that hard to change. And there is a private bath off that bedroom, as well as another bathroom off the kitchen, if I remember correctly. I guess this would have to be the new baby’s room… More on this later.
Off the kitchen/living room is an amazing circular deck. It’s very cool, definitely one of the neater features of the house. But do people really buy a house for the deck?
Okay, so the lower level… Awesome spiral staircase. Thankfully the stairs have carpet running down the center, although I still wouldn’t say they are kid-friendly. The current owners have two little kids and there was a gate at the top, so doable I suppose.
The lower level has a ton of space, the house has over 5,000 sq feet total, but overall, I would have the say that the space is oddly used. At the bottom of the stairs is a family room area. Again, lots of windows and light, and doors out to a patio space, the backyard, which has a pond and a fountain, and then a screened in space, like another room outside. Hard to explain, it’s under the deck basically. A neat space, not sure how we would use it though, I suppose a set of outdoor furniture.
One way off the lower family room area is a bar, which I didn’t pay too much attention to… That would be all Eric’s space. And then around a corner is a HUGE room where they had a huge tv, pool table, several other gaming things… It’s really a huge space, which seems like a waste to me. And the flooring is some crazy shiny tile I’m not sure I’m that big of a fan of. Off that space is another set of doors and another patio to the backyard.
If you go the other way off the lower family room you weave through this odd brick hallway that makes me think medieval dungeon. No seriously. I’m not sure how else to describe it. Through this hallway is storage area, which I don’t think was very large, a laundry room, which was pretty standard as far as space goes, a bedroom with a tile floor which they had setup as a fitness room, and then another bedroom set up as a guest room. This is where I get confused and concerned. Overall the house is really neat, definitely unique, if nothing else. But with only the master and one other bedroom on the main level, where do the kids go? I guess Nora would go to the room they had set up as a guest room, as it’s carpeted and appears more comfy as a bedroom. But it’s a long ways from the master, or even the upstairs. That bedroom is huge, actually way too large for a kids room. I think her furniture would actually look quite odd in there. The closet is at one end of the room, behind a dividing wall which doesn’t completely block off the room, just an area of it. They had that smaller area set up as an office. I almost wish that wall wasn’t there. Is it messy and expensive to tear down a wall??? Oh gosh, Eric would freak if he knew I even considered that! Who reading has their kids in the lower level? Pros? Cons? I guess when the girls are a bit older I could totally see them sharing that room down there, but that feels like years and years down the road, and who knows if we’d even still own the house then! And I know laundry in the lower level isn’t the end of the world, but I’m not used to walking all those stairs for every load of wash…
Oh gosh, I’m so very confused. I mean, it’s the first house I can say I’ve really really liked. But there is a lot I don’t like too. Lots of stuff I’d like to change a bit. Do people buy houses already planning all the things they will change? Our realtor thinks the house is probably about 85k overpriced, so that’s one plus I guess. Just concerned. I mean, I can really see myself in the main level, it’s pretty, open, bright, has lots of space. But the yard worries me, no fence as the neighborhood doesn’t allow fenced yards, and a pond, how do you keep your kids from running in? Or the dog? What if Kona doesn’t take to the underground fence thing? Anyone know a lot about those? I have zero experience as we’ve always had a fenced yard which seemed easier for kids and a dog.
Also, the current owners are staying in the area, but haven’t even started thinking about where they are going to live. Our realtor is going to try to find out how long it would be before they would be ready to move. I’d certainly want to be moved in before baby is born. And God, what if baby comes early? Oh, that could be a mess. Am I crazy for even thinking about all this right now? Should I stay put? Someone tell me what to do!