Kelli’s House–The Grand Tour!!!

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A post from Kelli

The other day, mom shared with you that I was able to see my house last week on Thursday.  The house had previously been a rental and the owners that we bought the farm from had not been in the house for nearly 5 years.  I have to admit that I was extremely nervous about the whole thing.  It turns out that my nervousness was warranted as it wasn’t in as good of condition that we were hoping for.  Overall, the updates and changes that we will need to make are fairly easy and I really think that a good scrubbing and a coat of paint will fix most problems that we have with the house.  A lot of the other things that we would like to do with the house are things that can be done over a period of time when money will allow.

So without further ado–Let me introduce you to the living room.

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I know that all of the pictures aren’t the best, but we saw the house at night and I wanted to snap some pictures to share before we left.  The carpet in the living room still has a lot of life left in it, but is very stained.  We measured things out and are going to get a rug to cover up things as they didn’t come out after the carpets were cleaned.  In the next few years I think we are going to replace the carpet in the living room, dining room, and upstairs hallway.  I have been told though that there might be hardwood floors under the carpet…..

The dining room–

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The dining room connects to the living room to the right on this picture.  I should also note that this room is what most people call the dining room. We have decided that this will also double as my sewing room.  There is a really small bedroom upstairs that I am going to use to store most of my sewing things and just have a small table downstairs here to work on a project or two at a time.  I think I’m going to also try to get a desk set up for schoolwork in here.

The bathroom–

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Here is my bathroom.  It’s a bit different as it has a little hallway kind of thing entering the room.  I have been told that this was originally one room with the laundry room, but was converted to move the bathroom inside.  There are some very nice cupboards that will be extremely useful.  And a bathtub!  Believe it or not, I haven’t had a usable bathtub for about 5 years and I am really looking forward to a relaxing bath after moving!

The laundry room–

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The laundry room is a bit of an odd shape and it may be better to describe this room as the catch-all room.  The left closet can be used for general storage, however I think we are going to use it for Jason’s farm clothes.  The right closet is going to be used as our pantry.  There is a space to the left in the picture that is where the washer and dryer will be going.  To the right is a beautiful hutch type cupboard–

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The wallpaper isn’t my favorite, but the cupboard is BEAUTIFUL!!!  I’m really looking forward to making this a focal point of the room.

Finally–THE KITCHEN!

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It is absolutely ginormous!  This is the part of the house that I am most excited for.  The house that we currently are living in is small and also houses 4 appliances–washer, dryer, stove and fridge–as well as 4 doorways!  The new kitchen also has counter space that goes on for days.  One of my favorite things about the kitchen is that it has a space for a dishwasher.  The one that is currently there is functional, but gross, so I’m hoping that Jason can get a new one hooked up soon!

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This is the other part of the kitchen (it would match up to the right side of the above picture).  When I was talking to the previous owners the last few days, they were telling me that this was originally part of the porch, but when they remodeled it in the 90′s, they decided to enclose it and make it part of the kitchen.

And this is Jason’s favorite part of the new house–The machine shed!  I have to admit that I am also kind of excited for this.  One thing that I don’t like about the house that we live in right now is that the home farm is about 5 miles from our house which is just far enough that it makes it harder for Jason to come home for lunch or just to stop in and say hi.  I’m really hoping that now that the big machine shed will be closer and the fact that they have cattle on this farm will bring him in for lunch once in a while or a quick snack or just to say hi.

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And my friends–There you have it!  It’s nothing too huge or extravagently fancy, but it has all of the qualities that I was looking for–A larger kitchen, a space to sew downstairs, sufficient storage, and it’s closer to the farm.  I really think that with a bit of paint, some elbow grease, and a little bit of time, we’ll have a great start on making it our own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Moving Surprise

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A post from Kelli–

A few months back, Jason called me and told me that we needed to talk when he got home.  Of course he would be home late and didn’t want to talk about it too much on the phone.  I surely wasn’t too excited about that and wasn’t going to be able to sleep after that so I stayed up until he got home.  When he finally did–around 11:30 pm–he informed me that him and his brother might have the chance to purchase another farm of about 300 acres.  The happiest part for me is that there is a house on this farm which means that I am moving!

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Would you like to know more about the house?  So would I!  Right now, all I know is that there is a 2 car attached garage, a large kitchen, a dining room that we are going to use as a living/dining room, and a living room that will be my sewing room (that was Jason’s idea).  There is also a large laundry room/mud room on the main floor.  Apparently the basement is in decent shape and Jason plans to add a shower down there for him.  Upstairs, there are 3 or 4 bedrooms.  I have heard different numbers from different people.  The reason that I don’t know?  I haven’t seen the inside of the house.

Yes, that is correct.  I’m moving in a little over a month and I have no idea what the house looks like inside!  Around here, with the farming culture, buying the land is the important part and the house is just an added bonus!  The boys are more impressed with the three sheds to raise steers and the machine shed that is partially heated.

As crazy as it sounds, I know that overall it is a good move.  Farmland isn’t commonly sold in such large amounts.  It is also very close (probably 2 miles) from the main farm.  It is also an improvement to the home that we are living in now because there is a two car attached garage and less than 4 doorways and 4 appliances that need to go in the kitchen, but the best part is yet to come.

A while ago, Jason and I were talking about houses and what features we valued in a home.  I told him that I always want to have a space on the main floor of the house to sew.  I didn’t care if it was just a small table in the corner of a dining room, but I want to be able to sew downstairs so that I can feel like I’m part of the family (even though it’s just me and Jason for now).  When he came home and we started talking about the house, he told me that the kitchen was bigger than our current one (a priority for me) and he thought that the dining room could be used for our living room so that I could have the room that would normally be used as a living room because he knew that was important to me.  With that, I knew that moving was the best move for us.

And don’t worry–I will definitely be showing updates as they become available!  Not many girls could just buy a house sight unseen…but that’s the life of being married to a farmer.  To make things more interesting, mom and I will likely be moving at about the same time!!

 

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