Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Parade of Homes Part 11: 2008-present

Tonight the parade comes to an end, and in this case, that’s a good thing. I plan to be in this house for the foreseeable future. I can’t say we’ll never move again, but it won’t be soon.

In January 2008, during one of my frequent MLS searches, I came across a new-build house that was in our price range. It was farther out than we had ever considered living, but that’s what made it affordable.

Just for the heck of it, we drove out and took a look. It was a little smaller than we ideally wanted, but the sales agent let us know that there were two other options in that neighborhood that the builder was preparing to break ground on. Still, the only thing that made it even a possibility was that the builder had a promotion that month: $1 down payment. We looked at the two models available for that promotion in our price range and chose the one we felt would be best for our family.

The nice thing was, even though the house had been planned by the builder and all the upgrades and finishes picked out by the sales agent, they hadn’t started on it yet, so we were able to make changes. Her choices were included in the contracted price; any changes we made would add to the cost.

I think today I will show photos of the model home, because even though I knew the model was full of every upgrade available and professionally staged and decorated, it was still the picture I had in my mind while our house was being built.

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sterling 045 I knew we would not be getting stainless appliances or hardwood floors.

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sterling 097 See how there is about a 2ft bump out to the sliding doors? That is an upgrade that our house doesn’t have, but I wish now that it did.

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sterling 042The family room is open to the dining area (there is no formal dining room). The kitchen/family room is across the back of the house.

sterling 050The front door opens right into the living room. There is no foyer; that was one big compromise I made.

sterling 051The stairs are between the family room and living room. The spindled railing is an upgrade that the sales agent planned in our house.

sterling 054We do not have the half round window, just the square.

sterling 066This is at the top of the stairs. That’s one of the things I really liked about the model—all of this space. I envisioned a reading nook, but ended up putting the laundry up here instead, which was an excellent decision.

sterling 073Master bedroom with vaulted ceiling upgrade. Again, we have it, thanks to the sales agent.

sterling 030We also have the optional luxury bath because of her. What that means is the separate shower and soaking tub.sterling 031

We have a walk-in closet as well. There are three more bedrooms upstairs, two with walk-in closets, and another full bath.

I never dreamed that I would be able to own a brand new house. It felt like a dream. We are so thankful, and though, as I discovered after we moved in, it is not perfect, we love it.

It’s been a year this month since we moved in, and we have done little in the way of decorating. Looking at these pictures of the model makes me anxious to put our stamp on it and make it really ours. So, even though the parade of homes is done, I think I’m going to continue to have a house-based post on Tuesdays. I’m hoping that will keep me motivated to get things done. I’m sure it won’t be something big each and every week. In fact, I know it won’t be.

However, this series was for me more than anything, in place of the scrapbook I had planned to do about our houses. So in that same vein, I will continue to follow our progress in this house, slow as it may be.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10


Sheryl said...

I have enjoyed seeing all of your homes! Thank you for sharing!

Tracy said...

Being a newer reader, this is fresh news to me...I really enjoyed these photos. I'm excited for you that you now get to start adding all your personal touches to your beautiful home. = )

C said...

Wow, what a great place! I'm so glad you're going to have a place to call your own!

Lucy Marie said...

It's been so fun seeing your journey through all of your homes. I'm so glad you've found a place to really call your home. I'm looking forward to future posts so see what kind of neat things you do to put your stamp on it.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Beautiful house, I'm excited to see what you do with your version! I LOVE that wallpaper in the bathroom.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

What a pretty home that is, I'm sure you are enjoying your new house too. Thanks for stopping by to see me!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

What a beautiful home! I've so enjoyed seeing all of the places you have lived. What a great series.

Jenny said...

I love houses and house shopping. It was fun to do it vicariously through you.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I have enjoyed reading all of your posts on your parade of homes. I'm glad you ended up with a house you are happy with. While no house is 100% perfect, our house can still be our beautiful home. I'm glad that the house on your header isn't your home.