On August 24, 2012, around 1:15pm, we were handed a ring of keys and officially became home owners!
We moved in the next day, and even got mostly unpacked.
It felt like home right away.
(sigh of contentment)
I'd heard people say that there's something different about owning your own place, but I never really understood it. Actually, I still don't understand it, but I feel it. It feels awesome, and safe, and comfortable, and full of dreams to come true, like kids playing in the yard one day.
Having debt has always been touchy for my emotional sanity, but we bought smart and don't have to adjust our budget too much to compensate. That feels great, too.
And having our very own home means we can do fun exciting things like throw a house-warming party! We were fairly mobbed by loving, well-wishing family and friends. It was great fun to show off the house and enjoy the evening with lots of the people we care about!
And now, with no further ado,
THE UNVEILING of the MINCHIN ESTATE:
Our bushy 'naturalistic' front yard.
The front porch and little deck are shaded by a big lilac tree.
The side walk-way. Where we've already had many 'over the fence' conversations with our great neighbors.
I think every inch of the yard was put to some use. Here, along the side walkway, chives grow!
This is an edible lettuce/green along the side walkway, intermingled with dill. If anyone can identify what the plant is and how to eat it, I'd be grateful! It is harder to recognize now that it has gone to seed, though.
Our back yard, shot 1.
In the foreground is a big climbing bush.
In the middle are some raised planters, next to the garage, with my potted tomato plants.
In the background we have a cherry tree!
Any guesses to what the bush is in the foreground?
A Kiwi bush! These little 'grape-kiwis', as I call them, are delicious! No hairy skin, so you can just pop them in your mouth. There have been ripe kiwis on the bush since August.
Backyard shot #2.
We have a cute little patio area, that really needs some TLC (like the whole yard). A cool bonus is the mint growing all around the edges, and in between the paving stones. It smells great over there, let me tell you!
Inside the MINCHIN ESTATE
I fell for the kitchen the very first time we walked into this home. White cabinets and blue walls. Now what could be better than that?
Breakfast nook at the other end of the kitchen.
The living room. Also blue. ;)
The dining room/living room is all one big room.
To the back...
Cute vanity with a round mirror!
The only thing we needed to fix, moving in, was the bathroom fan. I figured out how to change the fan all by myself! No small feat, as the old one was a completely extinct model, and vented a different direction than any you can buy today.
The Master bedroom.
Closeup of the awesome vintage wallpaper in the Master bedroom.
It has been just long enough that this room is totally back in style. :D
Our office/ boardroom.
The mirror on the wall should maybe be removed, eventually, but that sounds like a lot of work to me. And there is an overlay of running horses on the mirror! Oh classic '70's.
The third bedroom upstairs, our "International Room."
We thought it fitting, as it will eventually be the baby room, and our baby will be very international- American, Canadian, and Irish!
For now we put up the map of Europe showing our travels, my spoon collection, and all our murals from China and France. The dresser came with the house, and the chest I inherited from my great grandmother. My (2 greats?) grandfather, Abraham Lincoln East, made it.
This was our renovation project. We cut a doorway in the side wall you see here, and turned the existing doorway into a kitchenette, as seen below.
Thanks to my Dad!
This is a view of the concrete footing we had to chip away in order to put the new doorway in.
The living room in the basement. We set up the trains here for now.
Sorry I don't have more pictures of the basement right now! It is finished with wood paneling and this 'awesome' 1970's linoleum. There is a big 'picture window' mural set into the wall in the living room- you can just see one side of it in the last picture. It is a picture of the mountains.
There is a bedroom and a bathroom in the basement, along with the laundry, a storage room and a cold room. Another cool bonus is that we inherited a chest freezer with the house! I'm pretty sure it is impossible to get out of the storage room without taking down walls. :)
It is half a duplex, in a quiet cul-de-sac. Our back alley backs onto a shopping center, which is exceedingly convenient. The walk to and from the store is no more than from a busy parkinglot.
958 sq ft, up and same in the basement.
4 bedrooms/ 2 bathrooms. (3 bed/ 1 bath up, 1 bed/ 1 bath down. )
Fully finished basement.
1 car garage.
Tar and gravel roof.
Original hardwood floors in living room and Master.
New windows, laminate floor in 2 upstairs bedrooms, and renovated kitchen and bathroom.