Monday, September 4, 2017

Home sweet home?




Happy Labor Day, m'friends!

Today's not a company holiday, but I elected to burn a PTO day -  because it's DH's and my 13th (woot!) anniversary ..... and frankly, I'm feeling a bit like a slug.
  
I'd hoped we might go for (years-overdue) pedicures, but yesterday I drove a sliver of ceramic tile up into the bottom of my foot.  Not cool.

Did I mention?  Between Tom and another fella's efforts, we've nearly 9 sq. ft. of new flooring in the master bath!
Him:  "Ya, it only took us 14 years."  LOL.




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Yes, the long-distance house hunt continues ... mine at a fevered pitch; DH not so much.

Sometimes compromise bites!  (*smile*)
Nevertheless, I have to appreciate Tom's 'wait and see' approach.

More than a thousand miles away, I'm ooh-ing and aah-ing over a butler's pantry ... then he goes and points out what looks like missing structural supports and a sagging roof line.



 The cottage at iconic Lake Martin tipped the scales for both of us...

... but sits at the tippy-top of our budget.  Not realistic, when given our ages and health history.  Sigh.


So, Belyn-the-realtor has cautioned me not to be pinning my hopes on anything in particular.  

Too late.  Each morning I jump out on Zillow to make sure 'my' finalists are still there.
Both are virtually the same price and 1500-1600 sq. ft.

Bachelor #1 
.....has a new 30-year roof, new HVAC unit, new paint and flooring.

But!
Bachelor #2's 1970's look sings to my heart.


I'm even guilty of arranging furniture and deciding where to hang Tom's favorite (enormous) painting.
Anyone wanna bet I can't wait until November?

Oh, by the way!  How'd popcorn ceilings get such a bad rap?  It doesn't bother me, but to watch HGTV you'd think it emits asbestos.  Or something.

Since we hope to market our place in a few months (without breaking the bank)  I'm interested in knowing what's Important - or, what's a turn-off? - to you when looking for a new home?

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I've not mentioned the horrendous states of affairs in Texas and Montana, but I suspect every one of us is holding those victims in our prayers every day.  I'm feeling pretty dog-gone blessed ..... aren't you?




Have yourselves a wonderful new week!



Hugs from Phoenix,
Myra






25 comments:

  1. the first cottage pic is my choice, love that look. I am not hard to please, a small 1200 sq foot 2/2 would suit me. we live in a house built in 72 with popcorn ceilings and we have not died yet. the 2 bathrooms are small and to listen to HGTV not habitable because Small and one with green and one gold tiles from 70s is just not good. for me now we need to be close to doctors/hospitals with low taxes. clean and not falling down and I am good. I would love a cabin as in log and I love open spaces but what I can afford is fine. I love the floor plan of bachelor 1. big and open and bright.

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    1. I'm right there with you, Sandra. Growing up in small (government issue) apartments, I'd love something about 1200 sq. ft. Green and gold tiles sounds a bit comforting actually.

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  2. I understand your excitement and planning. When we bought our house it was several months before we could move in and I had EVERYTHING planned out, even the pictures on the wall. When we did move in I had everything done and looking like we'd lived there for a long time within a week.

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    1. What a gift you gave your family ... and yourself!

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  3. OUCH for the foot, but the tile does look good.
    When I am looking for a house I over dose on Zillow. Years ago I would have loved that feature for home buyers.
    I feel the same about popcorn finish. I am trying to like the 'knock down' finishes used in Florida, but my choices are out dated my son says. He can do the interior that will sell. I am not sold on the new hardwood, or even the old hard wood. At my age I still prefer carpet, but we do not have animals. The hardwood and tile is best for up keep and animals methinks...

    OKAY I want the Island with the pots and pans hanging, my dream!!!!! I want to cook!

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    1. Ya, our dogs have been the ruin of the carpeting. Dated, schmated. :)
      Perhaps I'm drawn to the 70's look because that's when I was the happiest.

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  4. I go for number one. I love that it's so nice and shiny and there would be so little structurally that would need to be done. I love my hardwood floors.
    Definitely feeling blessed and definitely praying. My Florida cousin posted on Facebook today about stocking up in case Irma makes landfall later this week and added her and neighbors to my voluminous prayer list == which of course includes my blog buddies!

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    1. #1's open floor plan looks a lot like what we have right now. In the end, structurally sound is going to be key.

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  5. Coming back here, I meant to say I like the large tiles now, instead of the popular small and pebble tiles of the past.

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    1. Oh yeah, I know of what you speak. They seemed too 'busy.'
      ('Just noticed, I wrote '9' sq. ft. -- when it was closer to 90!)

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  6. your poor foot. hope it doesn't hurt too bad. i can see why you're excited looking at houses from a distance. so many remarkable choices. the lake cottage sounds perfect to me.

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    1. Thank you ... my foot feels much better now. Just a freak accident.
      Unless I hatch a plan to rob a bank, it's best to quit looking at homes on Lake Martin. :)

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  7. Now I'm wondering what's going on in Montana "other" than the multitude of fires they have.

    Ouch with your foot, but a job well done!

    I like Bachelor #1 myself; that wide open and kitchen looks pristine and big! When we were looking for houses, our realtor said not to use Zillow or Trulia because they don't update quickly on houses sold (could be different in Alabama). She said to look at Realtor.com, which was successful in the houses we bought.

    Happy Anniversary!! A definitely good reason to take a PTO day!

    betty

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    1. Honestly, I'd only overheard of the fires out there.

      That's pretty interesting about using Realtor.com v. Zillow. I'll give it a try!

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  8. With my knees, single level would be high on my list. I would also ask about storm shelter/safe room in Alabama. I would also ensure area is on city water and access to cable.
    Rick

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    1. Good tips; thanks! I've not seen anything with a storm shelter/safe room in our price bracket ... but I'll be sure and ask!

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  9. Ouch! I'd heard of wood splinters but never ceramic. I do hope you are feeling better ! The new floor does look good. Happy Anniversary to you both. I'd say that is a good reason to take off and celebrate !!! I like bachelor #2 for no other reason than the porch. I am a porch lover and am a porch sitter. It's back to work and school today for most folks. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday !

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    2. Yes I am, thanks! The 'boys' were grinding the tile to fit around the doors and we didn't clean up carefully. Just glad it wasn't one of the dogs!
      I'm a porch lover, too!

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  10. First off, a belated happy anniversary to you. I hope you guys had a super day.

    I don't know why popcorn ceilings get such a bad rap, either. I wouldn't let the HGTV folks in our door, because they'd rip our whole house to shreds. My God! We even have shag carpeting in a couple places, and paneling, too! OY! How can we ever survive...?

    PBBBBT! The cosmetic stuff doesn't bother me. I want a good roof that won't leak, double-paned windows that are easy to clean and good insulation. Plus things that are well-built. Our house was built in '67, so it was actually built with real wood, as opposed to pressboard. Oh yeah, having a brick exterior with low maintenance is important, too. Our house is outdated to most people, but it suits us. The thing that sold me on it when we moved here in '71 is the same thing that would sell it to me today: it has a good-sized kitchen and a big pantry.

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    1. Sounds as if I'd be quite at home in your place! :)
      Aside from Chip and Joanna, most of HGTV's make-overs are a huge turn-off.

      Thanks for the anniversary wishes!

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  11. I have spent too much time on Zillow too! And I'm not even close to buying another house yet. But I can dream. With the hurricanes coming and going I am scared for any coastal houses. Those 180 miles sustained winds are horrendous. When do you think you will make the move? Love the tile!

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    1. I like dreaming! (Remember that song?)
      We're hoping to buy in November and list our home right after the new year. Crossing fingers!

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  12. Sorry about that sliver of tile in your foot and no pedicures :( The tile looks great. We need to do our bathroom area. Best of luck with finding a new place to live. Yes I am praying for our country.

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  13. I'n in a full smile when I stop by here! You are such a talented dear heart. I am happy for that cool anniversary you and Tom just shared. Considering all you have been through together my goodness that is a remarkable feat!Funny how sickness and other trials in our lives draw us closer in. WHen my brother Ed and his wife Cheri lost their beautiful 18 year old daughter Sarah in 1996 my SIL wanted to walk away. I said I am here so I can make you laugh, because I trust you know I can! But with God as my witness if I had lost a child, one I knew so well for 18 years with a bright and shining future I told her, I would take a ball and chain and make my honey follow me whereever we went, including the pretty white coats that tie in the back! My brother was and is and always will be hurting just like you. ;-( IN a humorous moment I give you all the words of my friend Mary M. from Ireland, "When the twins were born, I said Stuart, if you think you are leaving me here alone with 4 babies I think you should know I will be following you closely!" Ha! LOve marriages that stick it out and I am excited for your move. Now don't you dare forget me when you change that address. I've been to Alabama and I remember how to get there! PLus Hayley, one of my pushers from LuLaRoe, lives there and what a thrill it would be to visit her! SHe is, of course, an AUburn fan! As my sissy always says to me, no one wants to roll tide! LOL! HUGS my friend!

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Thanks so much for dropping by! Your words are like hugs from afar.... and who doesn't love a hug!