9.21.2014

Buy This House

My friend Jenni put her house on the market recently and it is gorgeous. I have written about it before -- when you walk in, you feel as if you have stepped into a West Elm catalog. It is very modern and industrial, yet she has made it warm. We have fish and crab sat for her family in the past and I confess that sometimes I would spend an extra-long time feeding fish, just so I could soak up her cool aesthetic.

Check it out for yourself:


I will admit that when I learned that they were selling, I went straight to the Engineer and asked if we could buy her house, to which he looked at me like I had sprouted a second head. It is no exaggeration to say that my husband loathes moving. We have done it twice in our marriage and I think he would be perfectly content to never move again. I, on the other hand, am an old hat at moving. I lived in two dorms, three apartments and a duplex in less than six years before meeting The Engineer at age 23. But I will give him the point that moving one poor college student and moving a family of four and a basset hound is two completely separate things.

Wow, has the real estate industry changed in the five years since we bought this house. The production value on that virtual tour is fantastic. I looked at some of the other home tours linked and then found myself cataloguing some of the must-haves that I would include in my dream house. First off, Jenni's kitchen is top of the list. Her kitchen is what made me want to buy her home. If I could just move her kitchen in my house, I would be happy.

Additional Dream House requirements:

+ Large open living room
+ Windows!
+ Guest bedroom
+ Coffered ceiling
+ Oversized patio
+ Stone fireplace with an oversized mantle
+ White kitchen cabinets
+ Front Porch
+ Three car garage

When I was a young teen, I babysat for a family who lived on the lake. One whole wall of their home was windows and I thought that I would have that in my home when I grew up. My grandmother had a "Florida Room" in her home and it was where we ate many a family dinner with a scenic view of her farm on top of the hillside. Our home is the perfect size for a growing family but it can be difficult to entertain due to the smaller den and patio. I would expand them both for more seating. And I am endlessly frustrated with my mantle, why do they build them so narrow?

We are sad to see Jenni and her family move but I look forward to seeing what she will do with their new home. I am sure that it will be amazing. If you are local and looking, definitely check it out.

So what about you? What would you put in your dream house?