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Archive for September 19th, 2013

Earlier this week, we had our requisite home inspection. I left from work and went straight to the house, thereby having a preview of my afternoon commute. Of course, one lane of Rock Creek Parkway happened to be closed on this particular day, but I hope that isn’t a premonition of things to come. I’m not going to lie: the thought of forging a new commute route–especially through the middle of downtown, over a bridge, and down a parkway that switches to the opposite direction if I don’t leave early enough in the afternoons–plants a small pit of terror in my stomach. However, many people at work do it every day, and I’m more familiar with the area in general than I was ten months ago, so I think I’m going to be okay. It’ll just take a little time to acclimate.

Bart and I were there for the entire four hours of the inspection. We were glad it was thorough, but we were absolutely exhausted by the time it was over. And to think…the inspector does two of these per day. More power to him.

When inspecting a 52-year-old house, one doesn’t expect everything to be perfect. But, relatively speaking, it got a pretty good bill of health. There are a few minor things that we can handle ourselves, and we’ll discuss a couple of larger items with our agent tomorrow. Basically, it’s not falling down and the roof isn’t collapsing, so I think we can come to terms with everything else.

I snapped a few pictures as we explored the inside and outside to share. First, it has fabulous outdoor space. There’s a gigantic deck in the back…

 

Massive deck

Massive deck

…and a very unique, gigantic covered porch in the front of the house, right off the kitchen/dining area.

Screened-in porch in the front.

Screened-in porch in the front.

The kitchen is a little small for all my gadgets, but it’s a nice, updated kitchen. I’ve got some ideas for paring down and organizing without having to compromise too much. Plus, never in my life did I think I’d have Wolf appliances.

Wolf wall oven. It's blue inside, people. Blue.

Wolf wall oven. It’s blue porcelain inside, people. Blue.

Finally, after all these years....a beautiful gas cooktop.

This five-burner gas cooktop and I are having a moment.

It’s just a simple ranch, so it’s not a huge house. But it does have a relatively open living area, which is rare for a house of this age. And for the first time, we will own a fireplace….and not just one, but two! We have one on the main level and another in the basement just below it. We’ve had fireplaces in rentals before, but didn’t have one in our previous home, so I’m looking forward to hanging our stockings by the chimney with care this Christmas….we just need a mantle on this one first.

Open living area.

Open living area, and future stocking hanging location.

All in all, the house has some great features that were unique and refreshing compared to week after week of identical ramblers and split levels that got churned out in mass quantities in the 50’s and 60’s in the DC metro area. However, being a house of this age, it does lack a few modern conveniences, such as large bedrooms and baths, a large kitchen, and ample closet and storage space. I’m a little bummed about those, but no house is perfect anyway, and what it does offer far surpasses what it lacks. Instead of feeling down about it, I shall instead rise to the challenge of making clever, efficient, and awe-inspiring storage solutions.

We also look forward to fixing up the house with our own touches to make it our own. I know I can’t change everything that I would like to, but I am also up to the challenge of making a big impact with a few strategic changes. Pinterest and I have been gearing up, and it’s possible that I am a tiny bit addicted to a few DIY blogs, too. Our first instinct is to rush in with paint brushes and hammers in hand, and that’s exactly what we did with our first house. But, now that we’re a little older and wiser, we’ve decided to move first and live in it a little while as we assess what we’d like to do. There are certainly a few projects we will need to do immediately, so that should give us some time to really get a feel for living there and let that guide our personal finishes. Plus, it’s usually about the journey anyway, and not just the finished product.

So, one more item down in our home-buying checklist. There are still a few more hurdles to cross, but every day more stuff gets done. It’s not over until the fat check is written and the dotted line signed, but hopefully it continues smoothly until the end.

 

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