A week ago today (Sunday – I’m writing this at Midnight), we moved into our “forever home.” We had a gang full of loved ones helping us out and we absolutely could not have pulled it off without them. I remain so grateful and amazed that they were willing to come – in super hot and humid Ottawa summer weather no less! Everything went smoothly and the only thing broken I broke myself – a lamp I wasn’t too fond of anyway 😉 (sorry Steve! It was his bedside table lamp).
An hour or two after everyone left, a gale force wind blew down our street and brought a big thunder-storm with it, and a power outage that lasted 27 hours. 27 hours!!! And wouldn’t you know it, our flashlights and candles were packed in boxes nowhere to be found. We did find a headlamp the next day which got us through the second evening. We were anxious to cook in our new home but ended up subsisting mostly on leftover pizza from the move and kept our fingers crossed that all our food didn’t go bad. It’s funny but it really didn’t feel like “home” until we cooked that first meal for lunch the next day. We cooked dinner for lunch just because we were eager to finally cook!
I had high hopes and unrealistic expectations that I was going to have time to photograph our house empty to give you a tour. But luckily I have the photos from the for sale listing! Normally I wouldn’t use someone else’s photos without their permission but the realtor is not a very pleasant person to deal with and probably wouldn’t get back to me anyway – shh, don’t tell! Also, fyi, they used a wide-angle lens so the sizes are a bit distorted.
Maybe some day I’ll do another tour with all our stuff in it but right now it’s a house of boxes and potential plans so that will have to wait 🙂
You already saw the front:
There are double doors leading into the house, providing a nice buffer for charging kitties and muddy shoes:
This is the living room. It has 7 windows! I love having light in that room all hours of the day. Our previous living room (in a townhouse) had just the back sliding door windows and it always felt a little dark.
The dining room is next to the open-concept kitchen (shown in the next photo). That was another one of our requirements, an open-concept kitchen.
And here’s the open-concept kitchen:
Upstairs are all three bedrooms. In the basement there’s more but we don’t count those because we are preparing the basement to rent out as a separate unit. Here is the master bedroom upstairs:
The yellow room, the only room not freshly painted in a neutral colour for some odd reason, has become our office. It is where I am sitting and typing this post.
The guest room is the most untouched of all the spaces in the house right now. It is literally full of boxes, and a bed, and some other random furniture.
In that last photo you can sort of see the landing at the top of the stairs through the door. There’s shelving and a bench-sized ledge there. It’s perfect for linen and a perch for the cats. Although Hobbes likes to take it a little further:
Seriously, it’s Hobbes heaven here with all the boxes. I thought the move was going to be so stressful on the cats. Turns out they love the new digs too!
Last pic – the upstairs bathroom. We also have a powder room but it’s so small that I didn’t include a photo of it. It’s really cute though. It has wainscoting and a cute little bowl sink.
And thus concludes the tour! Someday, maybe, if we ever do all the things we plan to do, I’ll give you another tour with all our stuff 🙂