There were two reasons for our whirlwind trip to Missouri – to get Addie back home and to see the house.
Of course, Addie was returned to her parents and the three of them were all very happy to be together again.
I’ve talked about it so much here – I apologize if some of you are sick of hearing about it. We had seen so many pictures and videos, had asked the owners so many questions and as weird as it sounds, I felt like I knew the place pretty good before even seeing it.
It really is just a perfect house for us for so many reasons:
I have always said that I do not need or want large bedrooms.
My feeling is that we sleep in the bedrooms. We don’t watch TV in the bedrooms, we don’t really do anything but go to bed and maybe read in bed for a few minutes. I’d much rather have lots of storage and smaller bedrooms and that’s pretty much what this house has.
From the pictures, I knew the two extra main level bedrooms were small. Both have queen size beds, a nightstand, a dresser and one may have an entertainment center but the furniture we bought from the sellers doesn’t have an entertainment center (as I recall!). Addie’s room will have plenty of room for her to play when she’s visiting with us, though she mostly will play in the sewing room or wherever I’m hanging out.
Our master bedroom here in Texas, and the one in Nevada, MO were huge. Both have/had so much wasted space. I found myself thinking they looked empty or sparsely furnished with a normal amount of furniture. The new bedroom has just the right amount of furniture and just the right amount of space. The closet is much larger than in our current or previous house. I can’t get too much storage!
The fourth bedroom is in the basement and we will keep it furnished as a bedroom and that’s where we will sleep when there’s threatening weather. It’s fairly small but will do what we need it to do.
All of the bedrooms are perfect for what we need in bedrooms.
Many people love the open concept but I do not. I’ve always said I’d be happy if the kitchen was totally separate from the house but that’s not quite true. I wouldn’t want to be hauling food back and forth to the house! The kitchen in this house is off the living room but you walk through an opening to get to it. At one end of the family room on the main level is an opening the size of a regular door and a the other side of the family room is an opening about the size of a double door but it actually leads into the breakfast area so to see into the actual working area of the kitchen, you would have to walk to one of those doors and look inside. You can’t be in the family room and see into the kitchen. That makes me happy.
I’ve already mentioned how much I love the kitchen – the layout, the size, the cabinets, the two ovens, the microwave not over the stove, the thought and planning that went into designing it. I am super pleased with the kitchen.
The sellers designed the home and had it built to their specs and they did so many extras. One thing that I had never thought about – for the lights that have multiple switches that control them, they had those switches installed so that when the light is off, all of the switches are in the off position. I stood there and thought about it for a few seconds – I didn’t ask but I guess some of “guts” to the switches are upside down. Those who understand electrical design . . don’t laugh at me! I’ve always had them so that one may be in the on position while the other is in the off position.
The house is pretty much what we expected after having seen all the pictures and videos.
The biggest surprise for us was the location . . and that was a good surprise. The inspector had noted that the location was “rural”. Looking at all the photos, it had not seemed rural at all. I expected it to be in a subdivision where everyone had approximately one acre lots.
As we were driving to the house, which isn’t far out of town at all, the road went through farms and very sparsely populated areas. Even to us, it seemed quite rural. The land across from the house is owned by an elderly gentleman who has planted a huge grove of nut trees – maybe hazelnuts.
The road on the side of the house, which I feared would have a lot of traffic, appears to be a very lightly traveled country road – hardly any traffic at all. The house behind us is far enough away that even after we walked around in the back yard, I didn’t notice much about the neighbor’s house and can’t even tell you what it looked like. The house on the side of us . . our solar panels pretty much block the view so we don’t even see it. There is only our house and one more house on our little dead end street and maybe only two houses on the street behind us. We could only see two but there may be a third, so it seems to be a very quiet area.
We are both excited about everything and so looking forward to getting settled in there!
Besides being totally exhausted after the trip to Missouri, I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures of inside the house. It’s still their home and still their furniture and their personal belongings in there. I had asked previously about using some of their photos from the internet and was given the ok to do that. I promise I’ll post more pictures once it’s our home! You’ll probably be saying “No more pictures please!” 🙂