House Tour

How my house became my home

I was very lucky that the first house I ever bought, and still live in, was built brand new back in 2009. I never wanted a brand new house, at least not at this point in my life. I actually was looking for an older home, around the early 1900s, and so I was looking in an old established neighborhood in Norfolk called Colonial Place. What I found was a lot of houses that needed work and still were out of my price range. Bummer! I had one close call, where I put an offer on a house, it was accepted only to learn a day later the seller had accepted another offer $10k more than mine. Since it was a short sale, I was out of luck and totally heartbroken.

I had given up hope that I would find a single family home, in my price range, in my dream neighborhood, when a listing for a lot and home to be built popped up on my multiple listing emails I had signed up for. I immediately called my realtor asking how could this be that a brand new home could be as much as a much older home needing extensive work? She called their realtor and it was in fact true! I drove out with my fiance, then boyfriend, to look at the lot. It wasn't much to look at, but we made an offer that night, and it was accepted. This time a contract was signed and seven long months later, we moved in!

The jungle lot before my house was built

Our house as of October 2014 - Photo above and those below from Real Estate SNAPS

The Living Room

When you walk into the front door of my home, the first place you enter is the living room. This space has evolved over time into what I think is a very comfy, cozy place to watch TV and hang out. It all started with a globe, and I carried that map theme throughout. However, more recently, I have started to add in those horsey touches that I love so much. Check it out...

The Dining Room/Kitchen

Once you walk through the living room, you are met with the dining room straight ahead and the kitchen to your right. It's really one big open space, but I'll show you the dining room first, then the kitchen, which is probably my favorite room in the house. When building the house, I made a great choice to take the cabinets all the way up to the 9 foot ceilings. I think it helps make the kitchen seem a lot bigger. Plus, I have tons of storage and just enough prep space.

The Half Bath

Around the corner from the kitchen, just off the dining room, there is a hallway where I have a frame wall. Across from that is a closet with the full-size stackable front load washer/dryer and pantry. Then at the end of the short hallway there is the half bathroom.

The Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom

On the second floor is the master bedroom and bathroom.

Guest Bedrooms/Guest Bathroom

Upstairs there is also two guest bedrooms and a guest bathroom.

The Backyard

We have created what I think is a great spot for entertaining with our built in sectional bench in the back yard and horseshoe pits in the side yard. We even can set up the cornhole boards and fire up the fire pit when friends come over.

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