Technically, we bought a lot and will be building the house. Even crazier, right? I mean, we're not building it ourselves, but we do get a lot of say in to what the final product looks like.
We had been casually looking for homes for the past year, and really ramped up our efforts over the past couple of months. Our current house is great, but we just need more space #firstworldproblems. The top of our wishlist included a back yard, a playroom, and a guest room--none of which our current house has. This house has all of that, and more! A soaking tub; a giant, open living room/dining room/kitchen; a mud-room; an office...I could go on and on.
Not only is the interior of the house going to be amazing, but we're really excited about the lot itself. It backs up to an HOA parcel that is a big, open green space. There are already some big trees there, and the builder planted a ton of new trees too. One day our view will be a lovely wooded area with a nice creek. The neighborhood has a ton of great features too, like the three swimming pools, including a baby pool and a water slide! There are big sidewalks and lots of pedestrian-friendly features. Every time we go there we see tons of people out walking. I grew up taking walks after dinner with the family, and I can definitely see continuing that tradition with my kids.
We haven't started construction yet, but we have been selecting some of our finishes. Today we spent three hours in the design center just choosing tile and flooring! I'll do a separate post on all of that later. Suffice it to say that you'll be hearing a lot more about this later.