Sunday, April 15, 2012

We bought a house (no zoo included)

It's true--we bought a house. And we are beyond excited about it.

(You know I'm long-winded. If you don't want to read the story, you will find pictures below the novel.)

We had bad luck as we started our house hunt. We found  a house we thought had a lot of potential, only to have our hopes shattered when the inspector came and revealed that the foundation was shifting and there were at least $80,000 of work to be put into the house. Then we went out of town, so we missed looking at a few good-looking houses (when you live here, you learn quickly that you have to put an offer on a house the first day it comes on the market if you are to have any hope of getting it). Finally, a house came on the market that met all our requirements. Our realtor (Michelle Evans. She's amazing. If you need a realtor, call her, now) and I were going to go "preview" it and bring Ryan back if we liked it. He was in the middle of tax season, after all, and couldn't go running all over town to look at houses. But Ryan had a good feeling about the house, so he met us there--and it was a good thing he met us there, because we made an offer immediately after looking through the house. It was is perfect. Even the boys loved it.

Our offer was accepted the next day (hooray!) and then we had to wait. For a lot of things to happen. It finally looked like we were going to move in at the beginning of the week of March 19. Then it looked like it was going to be Friday, March 23 at the absolute latest. When Friday came with no sign of moving, we went to Provo for a distraction. We came back from Provo with high hopes to move Monday. Then Tuesday. Then finally, on Wednesday, March 28, we signed the papers. And we owned a home! We had to wait for one of the owners to sign and overnight the papers (he lived out of state) and for the loan to record, but had our crew of helpers all lined up for Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m. to help us move. At 4:45, we finally got the call: we really owned a home and could pick up our keys. (In case you are wondering about the holdup: Our home was a foreclosure that came on the market in January. It was purchased and "flipped" quickly. The underwriters took issue with the speed of the flip and the value increase, despite detailed reports from the inspector and appraiser that affirmed the quality and value of the flip. Anyway, the underwriters had to send the loan to several different levels of people for it to finally be approved.)

We moved in on Thursday and have been loving our home ever since. And now, without further ado (because there has been much), here are far more pictures than you are probably interested in seeing:
This sign was hanging in front of Ryan's parents' home for several years. When they were cleaning out the garage, Ryan snagged it. And it's now the first thing you see  as you walk up to our home.

If you go through the entryway to the right, you will find yourself in the dining area/kitchen. Don't mind the BBQ mess on the counter. We planned to have family and a few friends over about two weeks after we moved to motivate ourselves to unpack. It worked.

Closer-up of the kitchen (I warned you there were going to be a lot of pictures). All the appliances are new, hooray, and we only had to buy a fridge.

This might be weird, but I have loved the back splash from the second I saw it. I'm kind of obsessed with it. But isn't it beautiful?

Next to the kitchen is the dining area. We bought a new table--but the store accidentally double sold the chairs. And the chairs happened to be on back order. We will hopefully have the other four of our six chairs sometime in the next three weeks. Hopefully. 

Looking over the kitchen island, you see into the family room. I love how open the floor plan is. In our quadroplex, the kitchen was hidden around a corner. With the open floor plan, I can make dinner, talk to Ryan, and see the boys playing in the toy room or back yard. It's amazing.

To the left of the entryway is our toy room. This room is really meant to be a formal sitting room, I believe, but we find it much more effective as a toy room. 

Another view of the toy room. The boys love having an entire room dedicated to toys. And I love that it keeps the mess contained to one room (mostly).

Down the hall, you come to Asher's room first:

Another view of Asher's room. In case you're curious, those books stayed on that shelf for approximately 30 seconds after the picture was taken. Asher loves to read.

Next to Asher's room is Reed's room, home of his prized possession: his bunk beds. We bought bunk beds when we bought Reed's "big boy bed," but only built one bed at the time. When we were looking at furniture for our move, Reed fell in love with beds that had ladders--so we decided to build his. He loves it so much.

And another view of Reed's room:

Next to Reed's room is the boys'/guest bathroom:

And then you come to our music/craft room/we have ridiculous amounts of books room.

Have I ever posted a picture of these side by side? Ryan's dad built these for Reed and Ryan. Amazing, right? And how cute do they look together?

Branching off the hall before you get to Asher's room is another hall (that's confusing, I know), where you find the laundry room....

...and then the master bedroom.

And, of course, another view of the master bedroom. Don't worry, I know the blue rocking chair doesn't match. Revamping it has been on my to-do list for a long, long time.

And here is not a very good shot of the master bathroom--it's hard to get a good angle in there. The shower is to the left, if you're curious.

One of my favorite parts about the house is the fully-fenced backyard. That's right, we have a backyard.

A shot from further back--because you definitely need one--

This is random, but Reed loves that birds--especially dove birds--land on our back wall. We built a bird feeder at Home Depot and he is anxiously awaiting the purchase of bird seed so we can try it out.

And the backyard? It has a terraced garden with drip lines already installed! I found carrots and green onions ready to pick in the garden, as well as strawberries that are ripening. Oh, and about one million weeds.

But I finally have the garden completely weeded (for today at least), and just have to finish cleaning out the second strawberry row. Then I have to figure out if there is still time to plant anything that will grow in our dry weather.

And there you have it. Our house. That we own (or will in 30 years). We couldn't be happier. Come visit!


Amarissa Ainsworth said...

That's awesome!! It looks like you're all settled!! Congrats!!

Lori said...

Yay! Congrats :)

Courtney B said...

Oh my goodness... Megan!! It's perfect!! I am so happy for you guys!

Elder Devan Imaikalani Dahl said...

Beautiful house Megan! Congratulations!-Mindy

Chris and Mary said...

Wow Megan, your house is awesome! I wish I could visit this afternoon :) It's beautiful--congratulations!

Nicole said...

Congratulations! It's beautiful!

jen and michael said...

Oh my goodness! Congrats Hambly's! I love it all! The back yard, the layout, everything! I can't wait to come see it sometime in person! You guys are the coolest!

Brooke & Skyler said...

Yay, congrats on owning a home!! It's beautiful, loved seeing all the pictures!!

Kylee said...

Megan its a beautiful home!!! Congrats and to say I'm not jealous would be a lie. And way to unpack everything so fast. I am not even unpack all the way from my move. Way to go guys.

Rachel said...

GORGEOUS house! Congratulations! In the very first picture of the kitchen, the first thing I thought was, "THAT BACKSPLASH!!!" So I don't blame you for being obsessed with it ;-) It's such a great house, and I love the backyard. We're looking for a house now, too, and it is SO frustrating. We've put in 3 offers already that have all (except for one that I should have heard their decision on an hour ago . . . still now word, hmmm) been blown out of the water by people who offered $20,000 or more above the asking price the first or second day they came on the market. WHAT?! I didn't think that happened. It is so competitive to get a house here, and sounds like it is just as competitive where you are, too. But you got one! A great one! YAY!

Traci M said...

Hooray! That is so exciting!

Audrey Spence said...

Congrats! It took us looking at 30 homes before we found ours. We made an offer on one only to have it test positive for meth. It was a super cute old house with so much character and I was so sad. But after a couple other offers and more homes we found something simple and newer and basically in the best ward we could ever find. Its a long process but isn't it worth it? Looks like you guys scored big! So awesome!

Phil and Nicole said...

Congrats! Your house is gorgeous!! :)

The Anderson's said...

So fun! Love everything about that house!! So exciting for you guys! When we get back to St. George (who knows when) I def want to come see your beautiful home!!

Christy said...

I too love the back splash and the fenced in back yard. All children NEED big backyards to play in!