April 20, 2015

Dreaming About Houses

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Looking for a new home can be really fun! and really stressful at the same time. Especially if you also need to sell a home before you can buy that new one.

My move is about 17-18 months away, but we already have a visit scheduled with a realtor to go through my house and tell me what has to be done before putting it on the market. It won't go on the market until spring 2016, but we have limited time to accomplish any outside projects that need attending to. We can have winter up to what feels like 6 months around here, so we have to jump on those projects now. Plus, since Kevin and I live in separate cities right now, we can only accomplish so much when he's here, which stretches the time to get things done quite a bit.

I can already tell you some of the projects the realtor will come up with. I mean I've had a list since I moved in 6 years ago. 6 years ago??? Where did that time go??? Sadly, many of those "want to" projects will go uncompleted. The house has served me well. I hope it sells and the new owners will enjoy it as much as I have.

This leads me to looking for a new home. I know, I know, I'm not buying now. But I can't help but look and be excited for Kevin and I to buy a house together. I'm ready to go to some open houses...NOW. But I have to remember to live in the now and enjoy the time I have remaining in my current home and all the changes coming forth. And I am. And I do. But still...I catch myself daydreaming...

What kind of house will be buy? Bi-level? Ranch style? 2-story? Single story?

What style will it be? Craftsman? Victorian? Bungalow? French Colonial? Mid-Century Modern?

How will we decorate? Soft colors? Bold colors? Modern? Vintage? Rustic?

What about landscaping? Flower garden? Perennials? Shrubs? Grasses? Rock? Mulch?

The questions go on and on and on and on...my brain is tired...yet I can't stop thinking about it all. I guess I'm just excited! I'm so looking forward to finally making a home with Kevin. One all the kids will want to come and spend a little time in with us. One we can read bedtime stories with our (future) grandchildren in. One where we can entertain friends and family or curl up just the two of us with a movie and popcorn.

I look at pictures and I think "that might be nice" but I'm not narrowing my options down at all. I want to keep an open mind. Once we walk into a house, we will know if it will be our home. And then we can start making some choices. But it's still fun to look!

For me, the kitchen is most important. For Kevin, he really wants a two-stall garage. We both want a minimum of two bathrooms. I would also really like a home office space. We are open to possibilities. Which means, we may fall in love with a house that has a single stall garage, but space to add another stall. Or we love the layout of the kitchen, but need to upgrade it. We are good with that. We both love a (small) project, we just aren't looking for major renovations. I like doing a little work because I think it makes it feel more like mine that way. Plus, I can post about it here on the blog! Win-Win!

So, kitchens, home offices, garages, bathrooms, bedrooms, have all been on our minds lately. I've been spending lots of time on Zillow Digs and Pinterest. One thing I have to remind myself of is to be realistic. There are some beautiful home offices and amazing kitchens out there...but I likely won't be paying bills or whipping up a soufflé in them. They just aren't realistic for us. I want this to be fun, not a "I want that but know I can't ever have that" fest. So here are some kitchen, home office, garage ideas I've been pinning and tagging. (Hint: If you click on the headings "Kitchen Ideas", "Home Office Ideas" and "Garage Ideas" you can view my Pinterest boards on these topics.)

Kitchen Ideas

Home Office Ideas

Garage Ideas

All of this dreaming/preparing is overwhelming, exciting, scary, fun, stressful, and awesome all at the same time! No wonder I'm tired by 10:00 pm. My brain can't take anymore by then!

What are some things you looked for in your home? What did you learn from the buying process? What would you change about your home? What do you absolutely love about your home?

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