Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Day of Thanksgiving

It’s going to be ours.
I can’t wait to see it in this kind of weather…when we saw it, it was VERY gray and rainy!
Our counter-offer to the seller’s counter-offer to our offer has been accepted, and we now have a home to move to next month! 
So “Thanksgiving Day” came a bit early for us this year.
Wanna see a little more of it?
I swiped these pictures off the listing.
The front door is what you see on the right.  As you come in, there is a formal dining area on the right, and a formal living room on the left.
You can kind of see that from this view on the far end of the dining area.  One of these will probably be turned into a home office room, similar to what we did in this house (probably the living room…I’m not that formal).
This is the living/family/great room area off of the kitchen.
The kitchen is lovely, with lots of cupboards.  The sub-zero fridge stays, which is good since our fridge is staying with this house!  Cooking on gas will be a new experience for me, and I do wish they hadn’t stuck the cooktop in the middle of the island.  That seems like very poor use of space to me.
Here’s another view of the kitchen.  The bar stools are very…interesting.  I’m glad they’re not staying!
388211_4There is a “butler’s pantry” area between the kitchen and dining room.  There is a “maid’s pantry” (just kidding, it’s just a regular pantry) on the right.
This is one of the upstairs bedrooms; I plan to stick a couple of boys in it.
This is another upstairs bedroom (there are four upstairs, including the master).
This is the upstairs “bonus room.”  I figure it will be the family/TV room.
The main level has a 3/4 bath, which can be accessed either from the hall or the 5th bedroom.  My oldest daughter will probably get that room to herself, with the understanding that she gets kicked out for guests!
Master bathroom.
Upstairs full bath.
This is the back yard.  Behind those trees is a small creek—well, I understand it’s small most of the time, but after four days of steady rain, it was a little swampy back there.  This was the main concern with this property, so I think a fence—or a lot of threats—may be in our future!
We feel very, very fortunate to have found such a lovely home for our family.  It was actually harder to settle on it that I thought it would be!  For the amount of money one has to spend for a home in the Seattle area, I really thought I should be able to have pretty much everything I wanted.  Not so!  There was a lot of mental juggling as we tried to determine the priority things like size of the lot, size of the home, age of the home, three-car garage or workspace, and proximity to work should have in our decision.
In the end we settled on this one which isn’t the closest—or the farthest from work; not the newest—but certainly not the oldest; no three-car garage—but some decent storage space; not a very big lot—but nearby a neighborhood park.  So I certainly can’t say that I immediately knew this was THE ONE when I saw it—it isn’t perfect, after all, but after more time and consideration—and seeing a lot of homes that definitely were NOT “the one”—we became convinced that this house could be our home.
Thank you for all the kind words, prayers, and good wishes on our behalf!  I have enjoyed sharing our journey thus far with all of you, and will continue to do so!


Paula said...

Congratulations! It is a lovely home!

Ali Richardson said...

WOW!!! Hooray, that's great news. Looks like a beautiful home for your happy family. Congrats!

Full Circle Creations said...

I am so happy for you and your family. It looks like a great house that you will turn into a wonderful home for your family. Can't wait to see the transformation of it. Congratulations! Now on to the next part of this adventure!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


Shannon Fox said...

Buying a home is so exciting and stressful all at the same time. I hope you are ridiculously happy in your new place :)

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Eυθυμία Κάρμη said...

It's very wonderful home !!!!

*I'm sorry but my english isn't good!!!

awal.ny said...

Your new home is just beautiful and I can only image how much better it will be once you start putting your touches on it.

Homeroad said...

Korrie it is beautiful and huge! I hope you and your family have much happiness in your new home!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jaime Costiglio said...

Congrats Korrie, can't wait to see you make it your own (without those barstools!).

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Oh this is just beautiful! I am very happy for you. I cannot imagine having that kind of space. What a dream. Enjoy! Can't wait to see it with your things!! Sure you don't want to keep those bar stools?

Irene said...

It is a great house and I'm sure you will make it a wonderful home for your family. Happy Thanksgiving and Congratulations.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Congratulations, Korrie! It's a beautiful home and I love the yard. Once you get in, I'm sure you will put your own stamp on it and make it feel like home.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cassie Bustamante said...

SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! it looks amazing!

"Create Beauty" said...

Congratulations on your new home!

You will be living near my 'neck of the woods'. You will L O V E the days of blue skies and beautiful greenery, the mild weather (mostly) of the Pacific Northwest. The past couple of days of torrential downpours won't happen all fall and winter : ) Yesterday was interesting with the heavy rains interjected with sunshine. They say if you don't like the weather in the Seattle area, just wait a few minutes.....

Your home is lovely with spacious rooms to decorate, and a wonderful back yard with privacy. Hurray!

May God bless you and your family and the new adventures that await you! Happy Thanksgiving!

and W E L C O M E!!!

~ Violet

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Congratulations Korrie and welcome to Washington! Which also means you will probably be waiting until February (we get some nice cold clear days) or July 15th for that sunny picture ;)

I cannot wait to see what you do to put your "stamp" on this new home! And I have to say... my favorite thing is the butler's pantry... I'd be putting up shelves to show off all my pretty serving stuff!


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

CONGRATS on your new home!!! Love the look of the outside...den/kitchen area...master bath. Looking forward to seeing all you do to it.


Proper Prim said...

Korrie... I am so happy for you and your family. Your new home is fabulous.

Coming from someone that has a big lot... it can be very time consuming and overwhelming at times. If I sell my house it will be to buy one with a smaller property. Think how much more time you will have to be creative instead of cutting grass and gardening.

Happy Thanksgiving my friend... I wish you all the best.


SImple and Serene Living said...

Is there confetti raining down on you right now, cause I just shook some your way. I am so excited for you, Korrie. I know this is a big move for you and I also know that you will make this wonderful house perfect. Can't wait to see all the "Korrie" touches that you add.


ScrappyMama said...

CONGRATS!!!!! It's a lovely home & it looks HUGE!!! I can't wait to see what you do with all that space (&, yes, I'm drooling!). What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift to your family!

Gypsy Heart said...

Congratulations!! You are so deserving and this is a gorgeous home. I haven't been around blogland much lately so it's exciting to check in and see this.

Wishing you and yours a blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

So VERY happy for your family!
ConGRATS---looks really beautiful and like a place you're going to have a LOT of fun in!
Happy THANKSgiving!

Patty said...

Korrie, we've cooked on gas forever. Only for a short time did we have an electric stove and it sucked. When it blew up -- when lightning hit us -- we took the opportunity to go back to gas. You'll get used to it easily.

As one who has lived on a normally dry creek -- with flooding during severe storms -- I would offer advice: don't build a fence if you were building it for that reason. All sorts of stuff coming downstream will get stuck in it and can easily push it over during a flood. A big mess and costly to rebuild. Just wanted to give you the benefit of our lousy experiences.

On a happy note, it's a LOVELY home! Congratulations. God bless your new home.


gail@My Repurposed Life said...

woohoo Korrie! sooo happy for you.

I can't wait to see you make it YOUR home!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Miss Charming said...

Great news! Congratulations, Korrie! (It will be the perfect house for your family once you put your personal touches on it.)

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your new home! It's already awesome and I can't wait to see what else you do to it to make it your own ~ I bet your little brain is just a' spinnin!!

Shanti @ Everyday Bohemian said...

What a huge home! :O I grew up in Bothell although I live in Oregon now (after CA, TX, IL, WI, and Italy... whew!) I hope you enjoy rain!! Hehe your desire to see your house in clear daylight may have to wait for the one crisp, clear winter day (coming soon) or until May when the sun finally comes out again x_x

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous home, Korrie! I just loved your backyard too - beautiful!

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Congrats it's gorgeous!! I totally get the compromising thing. I basically got close to what I wanted, but my hubby gave up his pool, but may add one later, and the street isn't the one we wanted to be on, but it's still in the same neighborhood. And we spent more than I wanted to. Well, that's that way that goes. Your home and property look wonderful and the creek will be amazing.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a beauty! It looks so open and spacious! And once you put your magic touch on it, it will be the one!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a beautiful house looking in image.

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