It’s been a whirlwind of activity since arriving at our new home in Connecticut late Monday (after 12 hours of driving, this sign was such a welcome sight!):
I was admittedly apprehensive about walking into our new house, mainly because we had such a bad experience when we bought our home in Cincinnati. We had looked at that house on a beautiful day when all of the windows were wide open and we put an offer in that same day since the market was insanely hot at the time. After closing on the Cincinnati house, when we walked in for the first time, we were greeted with an insane pet odor that ended up requiring lots of work to get rid off. Oh, and water came pouring through the ceiling in our foyer the first time we used the guest room shower. I could go on and on – it was one bad thing after another with that house.
Fortunately, after three days of living in Connecticut, my apprehension about our new house is gone. I love it. That’s not saying that there haven’t been some minor surprises, both good and bad. With each day, I find a few things that I didn’t notice when we looked at the house while it was for sale. It stands to reason since we only toured it once before making our offer due to the time crunch of our weekend house hunting trip. I totally didn’t notice that…
*There is very little storage space in the unfinished area of the basement – in part because we’ve got two big ole oil tanks down there for supplying heat. Never thought I’d be an oil baron!
I paid no attention to the unfinished space when touring the house – I was more concerned with the kitchen appliances, woodworking, and other more interesting stuff. I’m not so sure where I’m going to put all of my zillion storage boxes filled with decorations for birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays. Numerous trips to Goodwill are in my future.
*There is no closet in the guest room. While most of the time a closet is required in order to call a room a bedroom, our guest room was built long enough ago that it is “grandfathered in”. Fortunately, I figured out the no-closet issue a few weeks before the move and snagged this armoire from the garage of a friend who was getting rid of it – a coat of paint and new knobs and she’ll be a beaut!
*The landscaping is beautiful. When we toured the house while it was for sale, it was the middle of winter and there was snow on the ground so I really couldn’t tell a whole lot about the landscaping. I’m loving the large hydrangea bushes lining the front walkway:
I also found some peony bushes a bit further out in our yard – most of them are dying out but there were enough left to make a pretty bouquet:
*There is a small fenced-off space that’s perfect for a vegetable garden. I think it’s more of a weed garden at the moment but my daughters and I have always talked about having a vegetable garden so we’re excited about this little discovery.
*There is no closet in the entry. I actually didn’t realize it until the movers asked me where they should put the hall closet boxes – uh, dunno. I’ve got my eye on this little area at the top of the basement stairs to help out in the coat and backpack department. It’s officially on the project list!
*All but one of the bathrooms is lacking a typical toilet paper holder that is attached to the wall. I guess that these toilet paper stands are how people roll in Connecticut?
*The previous owners left their washer and dryer, which I hadn’t noticed is a really nice set. Only problem is that the washer has a moldy smell when you open it – I’ve read that this is a common issue with front loaders. So you front loader owners, any advice on how to get rid of the smell?
*On the roof peak over the garage is a beautiful cupola. How did I miss seeing this before?Love it.
I’m sure there are several more little surprises to discover – hopefully all the good kind! I’ll be taking a little break from blogging to get our family settled in our new home and have some fun with the kids while they’re on break from school. During that time, I’ve scheduled posts to take you on a tour of our old house – I took pictures of every nook and cranny before moving out so that when we move back I can recreate the things I loved design-wise and fix the things I didn’t. To keep up with the happenings on our Connecticut house, you can follow along on Instagram and Facebook. Now back to unpacking…