Here's a list of the features in our newly acquired house as compared to this list I made of my ideal house:
- older than your grandparents, if your grandparents were born less than 84 years ago;
- detached (yes!);
- not too spacious rooms, but that only means less space to clean (compromise);
- 3 bedrooms (yes!);
- good-sized, fenced backyard sans the mature trees;
- smells nice (yes!);
- main floor is carpet-free;
- medium-sized galley kitchen;
- a bathroom on the same level with the master bedroom (yes!);
- a partly finished basement;
- relatively good privacy;
- both porch and deck for my plants (yes!);
- oil heating (compromise);
- newer electrical wiring (yes!);
- private driveway (yes!);
- seemingly nice neighbourhood.
We could've bought a bigger house with a beautiful view but the amount of work required to make the house up to code was daunting and would cost us and arm and a leg so we had to make a couple of compromises and get the best house we could get without going over-budget. I think we bought the house at just the right time because now I don't think we could buy a house as nice as what we just bought with the budget we had. Suddenly they all cost $20,000 more! So yeah, we're quite happy with our acquisition.
Now that we've bought a smallish house, I've become quite addicted to the Apartment Therapy weblog because it offers a lot of ideas for decorating your small space and space-saving tips. I've also picked up a lot of books on home decorating from our favourite bargain book stores and book sales. I really can't wait to start buying furniture and decorate the house! But sadly, I have to wait for a little less than 3 months for that. :( Oh well. Time will fly, I'm sure.
Oh, and if anyone wants to give us a housewarming gift, anything from my ever-growing wishlist would be much appreciated. ;)