After a large purchase, like a home or car, do you find yourself asking, "why this one?" I've been doing that over the past week. Why, out of all the houses out there, did we choose this house?
Oops...sorry, wrong photo. I definitely don't want his house, but this one...
....when I really loved this one?
These two houses are nothing alike, but I fell in love with both of them.
There were several reasons why the house we are buying appealed to us. It had most of the items on our "checklist" and a few things we didn't expect.
It is in a good location and the Nashville area is growing, which means the resale value should be pretty good if/when we need to move again. The hubster's business finds us somewhere new every few years.
We will be working with a blank slate...no one has lived in this house, so we will be able to make the few changes we want to make relatively easy.
The fireplace is awesome!
While I would love a woodburning fireplace, this one is nicely done, has a switch that turns it on (which I really like) and has beautiful trim. Since we are not crazy about the tile surround, I already have plans to make this look different. The hubster said I would have to wait until we finished the half bath project. :-(
The open floor plan was a biggie for us. As suspected, there has already been much debate about the removal of that ceiling fan. The discussion....(him) there is nothing wrong with that fan, it's brand new...(her) it's ugly and I want a chandelier...(him) a chandelier will not help with air flow....(her) neither does your talking about that fan....I will win...eventually! :-)
I don't like to be closed off in the kitchen when we have guests...I love to entertain!
This house is much smaller than the one we are renting and we both wanted smaller. I don't like to spend all of my free time cleaning a house, especially one with empty rooms!
This house does not have a "Bogus Room"...it is a true "Bonus"!
The wainscoting and trim package add a little elegance to an ordinary house.
While I really wanted white cabinets, these were very appealing in color and style.
The house does have some negatives....no screened in porch and an extraordinarily small back yard. We are correcting that problem before we move in..the screened in porch, we are stuck with a small back yard.
The flower beds are already in bad shape. I will apply my brown thumb and make them worse. Then, I will find someone who can tutor me in keeping plants alive. The perk about the flower beds...there is one lone hydrangea struggling to survive. I'm so excited...a hydrangea bush! (The real reason we are buying this house...shhh, don't tell the hubster!)
Builder incentives were a huge perk on this house. We are getting $$$ from the builder on closing costs and that was HUGE for us!!
So there's the long, short version of how we chose this house as our future home! :-)