-Space for lots of parking
-Built prior to 1940
-Garage/space to build garage
-2 full baths
-3 or 4 bedrooms
-livable kitchen and baths that need updating
-Within 20 min of work
And, of course, like any first time home buyer, we had high expectations and were not really willing to negotiate. But obviously, we did. You can see that we did NOT buy a home built prior to 1940, nor did we buy a home with a livable kitchen/bath that only needed a little updating. BUT, every other hope and wish for our home was, or will be, a reality. If you are interested in learning more about how we came to buy our house, you can read this blog post.
But above any feature our home has/will have, Michael and I wanted to make sure there was one absolutely non-negotiable element to our home. We wanted to have a home that is open to people.
If you know us, you know we are highly social people. We love to have parties (especially themed ones!).
So it is a big priority to be able to open our home for this purpose. We want our home to be functional for us, but more importantly to be welcoming to others. We want to host small groups, throw showers, celebrate birthdays, house out of town guests. We love the idea of being THE house that all the kids congregate at. Look at this picture below from the home of one of our mentors in college. This is in their house at an annual Christmas party.
|10 points if you can find Michael and I|
|In our P-Ville Apartment (2.5 years ago. Crazy!)|
|No joke, these people were tubing on the river last night. It didn't look like very much fun-at about 10 miles per hour. But whatever floats your boat! (Chuckle.) I also love the kid in the front seat with his hands up in the air.|
Even already, before we've been able to move in, we have been able to enjoy people in our home.
|Our Friends Emily and Cory kayaked to our house|
|My nephew Max enjoying the fireplace and PVC scrap. (Somebody better move that utility knife!!)|
|Out of town family photo-op in our back yard|
|The many work days family and friends have helped with|
We are a thankful couple, that's for sure! We are so thankful that God has been listening. And we know He will continue to listen and bless us, through people coming into our home and lives.
They are starting to refinish our floors today. We'll have a blank slate of a house by the end of the week!