Monday, June 3, 2013

A Start on the House Tour

I got super motivated last night to take pictures of the house, and Wardie was all ready to give the tour.  Unfortunately, we lost the light.  Today, I was still motivated to take pictures, but not so motivated to clean up and Wardie was asleep.  Not wanting to put it off any longer...I photographed away.  Let me premise this with Amos' new favorite phrase (to say, not to apply to himself):

"You get what you get and you don't throw a fit."

When we were initially considering how possible it was for us to move to Washington, we were overwhelmed with the number of places that we could live.  So many cities and suburbs, not to mention the city.  For the past couple years we've had the goal of having some property, with room to play, and no limitations on things like, say, burning your Christmas tree in your backyard ;)  So, we saw this as our chance, and embraced it.

We found a home to rent in Duvall (pop. 7,000), and are quickly learning about satellite t.v., septic systems, and spiders (I am about to go nuclear on those bad boys).  The house is about 200 feet past the end of the city maintained roads.  We live on a dirt road.  The property is on an acre, and includes a 36' x 36' shop.  I am not sure there will be any going back from that.  It also has a barn, chicken coop, and a tree fort.  Eric threatens to bring home chickens most days.

l-r house, shop, barn

Because it's our house, the first thing we had to do was put in a library.  Let's just say Amos and I measured, and it came down to a 1/16th of an inch.  We're pretty dang lucky the shelves fit.

A new addition to the library was space for me!  I've never been allowed library space before.

Something that would have been last, and like, way last on my list of things I thought I cared about was a fancy kitchen.  The house came with one, and holy cow, I get it now.  It's niiiice.  Probably the nicest kitchen I'll ever get to use.

The house has less square feet than our old house, but the real tricky part is that it's just divided up way differently.  A new "space" we acquired was an office for me.  It's a really weird, awkward room, and I am not sure what to do to make it better.  Its kind of a crazy place, so maybe I'll just go with that.

We also got a dining room...

Something I always thought I wanted.  I don't love hauling all the meal stuff back and forth to it regularly.  Good to know.

The new rooms came at a cost...the family room and playroom are now one's been an adjustment.  It has been staying a lot cleaner now that I am forced to see the room and can't pretend like it doesn't exist.

There is an overlook from upstairs into this room, and I love it.  Sound totally travels, but it's worth it to me, and generally useful that I can overhear those yahoos.

I love having that table back up on the wall too.

I don't know if anyone actually cares to see pictures of a laundry room, but here it is.

These upper cabinets on the other side are a laundry shoot.  Well, the catching point for it. Totally dig it.

And, that, my friends, is where I got tired.  Truthfully, the upstairs was too messy to photograph without picking up, and I wasn't into that.  Another day...


lizi said...

Looks like heaven to me. The kids will love it. The house is really nice. I miss the laundry chute.

Kate said...

WOW!!! I just went through the pictures again on an actual computer. The house is beautiful - you've done a great job with it. If I could get you and Shawn together at my house I could get my house under control.

And Wardie - so cute. A mini Eric!

Shorty2rabbit said...

Your new home is beautiful!! I can't believe how organized you have gotten everything in such a short time. We really missed you last week, but you were in our thoughts. We know how busy your lives have been and totally understand why you didn't make the trip to Minnesota. Sharon