The very first house I liked from the listings she sent, I started imagining how it would look with the walls painted, the carpeting ripped out... I was decorating it in my mind. I could even picture myself cooking in the kitchen of the house. I found a bunch of other houses from the listings she sent, but that first one still stuck in my mind.
I drove to NC to look at the homes in person. I had twenty houses lined up to look at that day. Yes, twenty in one day! The house I had told her I was most interested in was first on the list. It wasn't much to look at on the outside. Just an old brick ranch. I loved the neighborhood it was in. As we drove to it, big beautiful oak trees towered over us and draped across the road like a canopy. It was beautiful.
We get out of the car and walk inside. The first thing that hits me is the stench of oldness. It had a musty old smell that I didn't think I was going to be able to get past. I think the smell killed it for me, because my excitement vanished a little and I started doubting. I remember the cabinets in the kitchen was the thing I liked most about the house and the fact that it had a fireplace. I continued to look at house after house that day, but house #1 still had a place in my heart. I found another house that I liked as much. It had more charm on the outside and I liked the layout, but the backyard was slanted too much. I wouldn't be able to have a garden or play fetch with my dog in it or anything, so that became the deal breaker. We were back to House #1 and I get a call from my realtor saying, the house has gone into a short sale and the price dropped dramatically! I ran back over to look at the house again to be sure this was the one.
I said yes, I want this house, signed the papers and closed on it 6 weeks later!
This was taken in the snow after I had already moved in, but this is my favorite picture of the house. It doesn't look quite as bland wrapped in snow :)
One of my favorite things about my home is the fireplace.
The other thing I had liked so much when I first looked at the house were how the cabinets were custom made and had a cottage look to them.
I know I just posted before and after pictures of every room in my house, but I saw this link on the blog, Our Suburban Cottage and thought I would do a post on how I met my house, too. I'm a little late, as this should have been posted yesterday I guess, but it was fun anyway! Go over to An Nicole's How I Met My House Party and check out all the other amazing stories or post your own story there.
To see BEFORE and AFTER pictures of my home, click here.
P.S. The house smells good now, clean from a good scrubbing and airing out or whatever I happen to be baking :)