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Be It Ever So Humble ...

June 8th, 2009 at 09:06 pm

Since my last post, guess what DH & I did? We closed on our new house and moved!

For anyone who doesn't know the story, this has been a long time coming. We sold our house in the Seattle area over 3 years ago, and have been living in rentals both in Seattle and in Austin ever since, waiting for what felt like the right time in the market and the right house.

I can't tell you how nice it is to be back in a place that we own!

The first time we drove by the house it was literally one of those "Honey - Stop the Car!" moments that you hear about.


Is it possible to be in love with a room? If so, I may be in love with our new kitchen:


This picture is rather stark without any furniture or pictures, but I wanted to show the curved walk-throughs, which is one feature I really like. (I like soft curved things rather than just hard corners.)



These are old pictures that we took when househunting. I would have liked to have posted some newer ones, but my camera is still in a box. Smile

At one point in the process (just before signing off on our contract), DH started getting a bit of cold feet. There are homes in the same neighborhood that are built by lower quality builders that of course sell for less per square foot. DH started thinking we should go for "lowest cost per square foot" and get a bigger house, but at that point I really put my foot down and rather insisted that quality was much more important. It may be a "smaller" house (at least compared to the others), but I know we will save not only money but also time & aggravation in the long run. It's an Energy Star and green built certified home, so we will save on our energy bills. With the quality of the materials, we should end up needing to repair or replace things much later. I hope Ima Saver will be proud of me for insisting on quality! (I'm not saying it's the quality of a custom home that Ima's husband would build ... it's not, not by a long stretch!)

Closing was a dream. Took all of 30 minutes.

The first thing I did after getting home from the closing was file our property tax appeal. The deadline to file was June 1st so procrastination was not an option!

Moving was fine, but boy were DH & I tired by the time we were done! I have told DH in no uncertain terms that this is absolutely the LAST DIY move for us. Fortunately, there really wasn't a lot of furniture (just our bed and a couple chairs and a small dressers & side tables). If we ever move again, we will just have to hire movers. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if this were our last move EVER (until we move to the retirement center or wherever we end up in our old age).

We continue to stimulate the economy with house related purchases. In addition to the appliances blogged about previously (fridge, washer & dryer), we have purchased a carpet cleaner, a lawn mower, and garage floor liner. I've also ordered a shower caddy & a sofa.

Bless Discover's fraud department --- Usually I only buy gas on that card, so when the garage floor liner was purchased, they immediately called me about "suspicious activity." Nice to know someone's looking out for me!

23 Responses to “Be It Ever So Humble ...”

  1. shiela Says:

    Wow congrats! The front looks beautiful.

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    wow congrats! I LOVE the stone front! And if your house size is comprable to the kitchen you got it plenty big!! So exciting!

  3. whitestripe Says:

    congratulations! it looks like an old-style church from the front picture, gorgeous, so much character. love the kitchen, reminds me of our last rental house - the one thing i miss about renting was the last kitchen we had.
    congrats again, you guys have done so well.

  4. Ms. Pearl Says:

    So pretty, I love it!

  5. merch Says:

    Looks really nice. Congrats!!

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow, it really is a "Honey, stop the car" house! It's gorgeous! Congratulations!

  7. LuxLiving Says:

    Boootifullll!!! What character!

  8. boomeyers Says:

    Very nice choice! Can't wait to see it when you find your camera! Smile That is so wonderful that Discover called you! Nice to know CC companies are'nt all jerks!

  9. Ima saver Says:

    It is a beautiful house and I AM proud of you for insisting for quality workmanship. I have lived in my house for 13 years and we have not had to fix anything! (except to pressure wash the house. Outside is stucco)

  10. monkeymama Says:

    I LOVE it! Congrats!!!!

    (Humble? Seriously? My California perspective - looks like a million dollar home - hehe).

    & you will love the Energy Star home for sure - ours is 8-year-old and phenomenal. They surely have newer/better technology now.

    I agree - quality over quantity. Seems like you made the best choice. (I don't see why you'd buy more just because it is cheaper). That being said, in the development we bought, there was little difference in quality between more expensive and less expensive builders (other than perceived). I mean, literally, they all used the same contractors. LEss aimed at you, but more to point out to others that the cheapest builder can be a good deal. (Around here they ALL went bankrupt anyway, in the end!)

  11. monkeymama Says:

    I LOVE it! Congrats!!!!

    (Humble? Seriously? My California perspective - looks like a million dollar home - hehe).

    & you will love the Energy Star home for sure - ours is 8-year-old and phenomenal. They surely have newer/better technology now.

    I agree - quality over quantity. Seems like you made the best choice. (I don't see why you'd buy more just because it is cheaper). That being said, in the development we bought, there was little difference in quality between more expensive and less expensive builders (other than perceived). I mean, literally, they all used the same contractors. LEss aimed at you, but more to point out to others that the cheapest builder can be a good deal. (Around here they ALL went bankrupt anyway, in the end!). But there is no doubt that we got singificant quality for our price, while others were eagerly paying premiums for the same name-brand homes.

  12. Nika Says:

    It is beautiful! Congratulations.

  13. creditcardfree Says:

    Congrats! Both of you are to be congratulated on your patience in pursuing your dream home. Great job!

  14. homebody Says:

    Color me green with envy!

  15. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Congrats on your house! (Is it just me? The pics aren't showing up.)

  16. miclason Says:

    LOL! I think the whole first floor of my house would fit in your kitchen!!

    Enjoy your beautiful, beautiful house!

  17. monkeymama Says:

    Did you get the flush up/down toilets? Just wanted to say I saw those for the first time in Monterey a few weeks back. (I believe you mentioned those in my blog once).

  18. scfr Says:

    MM - No, we didn't get the #1/#2 toilets but it would have been nice. Fortunately, low flow toilets are MUCH improved from when they first came out with them.

    And on the quality issue, part of the problem was that some of the "cheaper by the square foot" houses had cosmetic bells & whistles that looked fancy (and that were kind of seductive to DH), but they were lacking in quality fundamentals (more durable roof & flooring, Tyvek wrap, completed drought resistant landscaping, upgraded Energy Star appliances, better hinges & cabinets, more solid doors, much more energy-efficient A/C, attic radiant barrier, hot water saver feature, sprinkler w/ rain detector, programmable thermostat, etc, etc.) Not exactly "sexy" stuff (like a media room ... what is it with guys and media rooms?) but definitely things that would save us in the long run.

    Miclason (and other non-Yanks): The title of my entry refers to an old-time American song called "Home! Sweet Home!"

    Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
    Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home

  19. asmom Says:

    Wow! Holy smokes that looks beautiful, congratulations.

  20. monkeymama Says:

    Scfr - that's interesting. Our house has all the fundamental qualities you mentioned, though cheaper (it seemed to lack the bells and whistles instead - which people like us say - who cares?). I assumed all the new homes these days had ALL that stuff. I honestly didn't know there were such cheap builders out there! (I am starting to think we did better than I thought with our cheap builder. Must be the times. A decade ago people rather pat a premium for "looks.")

    Our (decade old) low flow toilets are the best toilets we have ever had/used. Haven't used the plunger once.

    Well, it must feel SO good to have a home after all this time!! Enjoy!!!

  21. Russell Abrevenel Says:

    Congratulations!
    Nice to see that people's dreams are happening. Too many time all we hear about is people losing their homes!
    Great to see this worked out for you!
    Enjoy!

  22. Analise Says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful new home! I love the entrance and the curved walk-throughs... very elegant.

  23. scfr Says:

    Thanks for all the positive words!

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