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Look, here are some pictures of our new house!

(The same ones that were on Facebook, if you already saw those.)

The house has one big main room, the comfortable center of our family life. One half is set up as a sitting area. The other half is our study. I feel a little sheepish about having our desks in the living room, but we figured that we may as well be upfront about where we spend our time.




(We don't normally have party goods out on the study table. That was just for the housewarming party.)

In the middle picture above, you can see the placement of the screened in porch. It runs the full length of the main room, and it's the most beautiful, comfortable, peaceful haven imaginable.



By the way, here's the foyer through which you enter the house. I took this standing at the entrance to the main room. The doorway on the left side of the picture leads to the kitchen.


The kitchen never looks showroom-clean - even right before our housewarming party, which is when I took the other pictures. But it's big and bright and spacious and well laid out, a very easy place to cook in. I've never had a nice kitchen before. I'm really happy there. I particularly love having space for the table right in the kitchen.



Those closed curtains in the kitchen look out on our pretty little flagstone patio:


Moving down the hall from the main room and kitchen, you come first to Colin's room:


And then to Alex's. Her wall color is a deeper, greener blue in real life.


Our room is across the hall from Alex's room. It's kind of blank slate-ish still.


In between her room and ours is a vintage midcentury bathroom. My grandparents had a blue tub and tiny shades-of-blue tiles on the floor just like this. Michael and I have our own bathroom off our room, same design scheme, with a stall shower and an exceedingly blue toilet.


Across the hall from Colin's room are the stairs to the lower level. Because our house is on a slope, we have a walk-out basement. The screened porch is level with the sidewalk out front, but in back it's up in the trees.

Here's an overview of the big main room of the lower level. The thing in the back left corner that looks like a wood stove is actually gas-powered.


The room is divided into a sitting/media area and a playroom area. There's also another half-bath down here. Incidentally, I'm amazed at how much easier it is to keep the playroom clean now that we have open shelf storage for toys. (I suppose the massive toy purge we did before moving also helped.)



This room has sliding glass doors that open onto a lower covered patio. The roof is the underside of the screened porch. On this patio we have a picnic table, some lawn chairs, and a fire pit. We hope to put a hot tub out there someday as well.


Not pictured: Behind the lower level main room is a very large storage room, and adjacent to the storage room there is a utility room with the laundry equipment, the furnace, and a workbench. Because we don't have a garage or a shed, we keep the outdoor equipment like the lawnmower in the utility room as well. It has its own door to the outside.

So that's our house.

I can't even express how happy it makes me. It's so... cozy and practical and comfortable and homelike.

Date: 2011-12-22 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wcg.livejournal.com
It is, indeed, a lovely home.

Date: 2011-12-22 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selki.livejournal.com

Date: 2011-12-22 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kazoogrrl.livejournal.com
I think the "in the trees" part is my favorite!

I bought a house last summer. A part of me has been worrying since that it was a "smart" thing to do with the housing market like it is, etc. Then the other part of me remembers that I like having a home of my own, my very own place, and it tells the first part to shut up and start thinking about paint colors.

Date: 2011-12-22 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clstal.livejournal.com

Date: 2011-12-22 06:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ckd
It is both lovely and full of love.

Date: 2011-12-22 07:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brainwane (from livejournal.com)
It looks so great! I am so happy for you!

Date: 2011-12-22 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] epi-lj.livejournal.com
Very nice! I love the shelving in the main room. :)

Date: 2011-12-22 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] threeringedmoon.livejournal.com
Very nice. I enjoyed the virtual house tour.

Date: 2011-12-22 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurarey.livejournal.com
How lovely! Happy New House!

Date: 2011-12-22 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratphooey.livejournal.com
Oh, how cozy and warm and FAMILY. Love it, and love thinking of you all there.

I am especially enamored of the abundant, soft seating in the living room.

Date: 2011-12-22 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puzzlement.livejournal.com
What a lovely house!

Date: 2011-12-23 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rockstarbob.livejournal.com
Wow! So cozy and lovely. I am crushing on those built-in shelves in your sitting room upstairs!

Date: 2011-12-23 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nex0s.livejournal.com
Marvelous! Congratulations again :D


Date: 2011-12-29 10:02 pm (UTC)
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