House Tours


In honor of… well, today being Friday, we’re dubbing this “Flashback Friday”. Last week, I was surfing through the endless abyss that is my computer and stumbled on the very first images we saw of the inside of our house: the MLS photos! They’re a little blurry but you still get the gist of our first glimpse of the house and what we saw when we first came in for our first walk-through…

The photo of the exterior had us at hello. There are a lot of brick ranches in our neck of the woods, but this one was exactly what we were hoping for. Greg, being a bit of a math geek, liked how the number of windows were even on each side of the front door. I, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to get my hands on those shutters and a paint brush. A few short months later, we did.

This photo made us realize how spacious it was on the inside compared to the other houses we’d looked at. We seriously looked at about four other ranches, and this one was by far the most spacious of them all. That was one of the main reasons this house shot to the top of our list.

Most of the houses around here have fireplaces, but I particularly liked this one because it was floor-to-ceiling brick. We also noted (and loved) the variations in the hardwood floors (the light and dark planks) and the inset detailing around the fireplace. Even though we stained the floors much darker, you can still see the detailing.

Neither of us really needed or wanted a huge kitchen – we decided to save that for our “someday over the rainbow house”. (Though moving out of this house seems like something that’s never going to happen because we love it too much.) We liked this kitchen space because it was open to the living room, it was just the right amount of “kitchen” for us and we saw the hidden potential of a new layout.

Here’s a shot of the foyer. Now get this… the previous owner bought those lamps and the table from my parents’ at their yard sale about five years previous. Such a small world!

Coming from an apartment, we were totally stoked about having a real, honest-to-goodness patio. We also noticed the roof over the carport was already incorporated with the rest of the roof, which would make it ultra-easy to close it in later down the road for a bonus room or a one-car garage. That was the icing on the cake that made us make a bee-line for the phone to call the realtor. The rest is history!

It’s funny to look back at those and remember all of the excitement we felt and saying, “we could do this” and “how about this?”. Ahh, young love. 

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  • Reply
    February 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Hey Ashley!

    Love that you showed these photos, makes you appreciate all your hard work doesent it!?! The Kitchen looks sooo much bigger now compared to these pictures…cant wait to see the updated “house tour”. Keep looking to see if you have updated that tab yet!

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      February 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks! Hopefully soon!

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    Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
    February 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I love looking back on old pictures of our house to see how far we’ve come! {It’s especially encouraging when I’m starting to stress over how much we have left to do! ;)} Thanks for the fun flashback! Happy Friday!

    ~Abby =)

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    February 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I love pulling up old pics for that gasping moment when you realize how far you’ve come! Such a fun trip, thanks for sharing!!

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    February 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I love the idea of Flashback Friday!

    You rock!

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    Tess @heartsoulfamily
    February 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Love seeing these ‘before’ photos, you have made amazing progress! We are house hunting at the moment, and we too love the whispered ‘we could do this here, and this here…’ conversations. We haven’t found anything yet but keep fingers crossed!

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    Kim L.
    February 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    It’s always fun to look back and reminisce on the past to see how far you’ve come along. Thanks for sharing a great post!

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