This was the first one we looked at, by far the biggest and newest - and closest, unintentionally, since it's barely two blocks from where we're renting. It's over 1300 sq ft with 2 bedrooms with big closets, 2 full bathrooms and an office. The floorplan is open with the kitchen/living/dining area adjoining. It's a big kitchen too - I counted and it has the same number of cabinets as our last house (each lower cabinet has pull-out drawers inside which is awesome) plus a pantry. We'll also get a garage and a big double deck that has a view of Sloan's Lake and a bit of the city skyline. Tall ceilings, lots of large windows and morning sun, plus AC and a gas fireplace. No neighbors above us, only one below and one to the side. Not too shabby. It's not what I originally envisioned for us at all, but in retrospect probably fits better into our plan for the next year or so. So I'm excited and relieved both.
We're actually paying the same amount we had settled on at the Meade house - which really doesn't mean anything except we stayed under budget and achieved the goal of cutting our mortgage literally in half. I didn't think they would take our low offer but they did. Unlike the last loan(s), we shouldn't hit any snags. But I could be wrong, who knows. The townhouse is barely 9 years old so nothing should come up in the inspection. This all may be an exercise in futility like last time, but of course I've already been stewing on ideas...none which we will tackle in the near future so we can save our resources for Breck. We won't be changing the bones of this place, but it will be fun to change its attitude over time.
We're the upper level from over the stairs to the middle garage - that's the office jutting out over it. Our garage is the far left. Big connected double deck out the front door - room for a good-sized eating area near the BBQ as well as some lounge chairs and plant pots.
The walls are dark orange (not red, more accurate in the pic below) which Curt likes. It's a big room, not sure how we will fill it but at least we know how to hang a tv over the fireplace. Too bad we sold our sectional with our last house because it would actually fit here. High ceilings.
Every light fixture visible, I want to change. Same for all the brass doorknobs - my nemesis. Can't wait for our IKEA to open! In the hallway, you can see the laundry room on the left and in the middle is the doorway to the main bathroom. Spare bedroom is to the right of that, master is to the left.
Office french doors straight ahead, vaulted ceilings inside, an extra long hall/entry closet to the left and front door to the right. We will definitely replace the carpet in this main living/dining/kitchen space with engineered hardwood in a year-ish. Something we can do ourselves in a weekend - my goal would be to do it under $1500. Above average trim/mouldings/baseboards though.
Nice long wrap-around bar that seats 4+. The counters we'd replace and Curt has the idea to lower that bar and make an extended flat island instead.
Kitchen cupboard doors need hardware and stainless appliances will come over time as we find rock bottom deals. At least the stove is gas. Pantry door on the left. Glass mosaic tiles would make a nice backsplash. I had a dream that we put in concrete countertops. This area could look radically different with a few inexpensive changes.
Huge master bedroom with vaulted ceilings - the current owners have a big bed and two nightstands on this wall plus a huge bureau, tall dresser AND massive wardrobe in addition to a walk-in closet on the other side of the room. Master bath door to the right. It's been a few years since we've had our nightstands in the right place, on either side of our king size bed, which will be nice.
Hallway bathroom. Will tile that floor in time. At least both tubs already have a tile surround rather than plastic.