Thursday, November 5, 2009

Long day in the car- totally worth it!

Today I drove from Chicago to Grand Rapids (~3 hours) for our home inspection (and then drove home again- way too long of a commute!)!!  It was wonderful to take a full look at the house, learn some of the quirks, go through it with an inspector who talked me through everything, and take a ton of pictures!! I also was able to go through and see what needed to be fixed/changed right away vs. what we'd like to do in the long term.

We'll get the inspection report tonight or tomorrow morning via email and then will have to go back to the seller about anything that needs to be fixed prior to close.  We have settled on a closing date- December 12th!!!  We'll then move in that weekend and start unpacking.  There are 5 bedrooms in the house, so if anyone needs practice organizing houses or really just loves to clean, feel free to contact me, and I'm sure we could use your help :)  You can even bring your kids, husbands, and dogs!!

Okay, onto the good are a few pics!!

The front of the house. 

A picture of the right side of the back yard.  You can see the raised vegetable garden.  Our yard is not fenced, that's the neighbors.  The house does come with an invisible fence for Junie!!

Another backyard shot.  Further into the woods is a small creek.

A crooked picture of the kitchen.  It has gorgeous old hardwood floors, glass cabinets, a huge eat-in area, a great island, ugly cabinet knobs (first thing to go), and beams that pretty much sold us on the house.

The den that is attached to the kitchen.  It also has the beams across the ceiling, a gorgeous bay window that overlooks the woods, and a great fireplace.  Can't you just imagine watching football games in here?

The bay window in the family room
Okay, I don't want to bore you too much!!  I'm just soooooo excited.  I'll share other pics later this weekend. 
Today I am thankful for...............
a good inspector who was able to guide a not-so-handy girl through the house of her dreams!!  He was kind, smart, and allowed me to ask questions that most would have just scoffed at.  Thanks Darryl!!

For some reason this pic won't load in the right spot, but this shows the breezeway and the garage to the right of the main part of the house. 


  1. CONGRATULATIONS! The commute was well worth it and how much fun are the two of you going to have setting up house and tweaking everything to your tastes?! Great too that the house clearly is large enough for a full-fam- your future kids are going to love that they get to live in the same house for their entire lives (that's what I got to do)- so special :)

    hope that you pop a great bottle of bubbles to celebrate this weekend!



  2. It is a lovely house!!!! Perfect for building and raising a family!! Love the size of the yard too!!!

  3. How exciting! The work (seemingly) never ends, but the joy of completing a project in your OWN home is awesome! And, those beams are gorgeous!!! Congrats!

  4. What a beautiful house! That backyard is amazing, and will be fun for your dog! Congrats!!!

  5. Your new house is GORGEOUS! I love everything about it! Congrats!

  6. I just love it!!! The huge windows are amazing and that lot is beautiful...a little jealous :) Congratulations! And can't wait to see more pictures.

  7. Congrats! Great house. That kitchen is great - you can easily change out those cabinet pull for something else you like better and you're set!

  8. How charming! I love it! Congratulations!!!

  9. Wow! That is such a stunning home! I am so excited for you and cannot wait to see what you do with it!

  10. Oh my goodness look at that place!! Gorgeous! And the yard, not to mention the interiors! Beautiful, awesome, so happy for you!!

  11. The house is gorgeous...congrats! Grand Rapids is such a nice area parents grew up about an hour outside of there (Holland) and we go back every summer!

  12. Oh wow...what an amazing and beautiful house! It has so much wonderful charm and space. Congrats congrats congrats!!! Can't wait to see more photos as you make it your own!


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