It took every thing in me to hold back on sharing but we finally have the keys and now I can officially share our exciting news: we’ve moved!
Here’s the story on how this house came to be ours:
While on our road trip this spring/summer, we were actively looking for listings in a couple of different cities in the Seattle area. We knew we wanted a little bit of property. We hoped for a home that had good bones, but needed some cosmetic updating. We dreamed of a place with a big studio for us to work from home in.
Our hope was to buy something toward the end of our trip so that we could get the kids into their new schools at the beginning of the school year. By mid-August, we had pretty much given up hope of finding anything that fit our criteria (in our price range!). While driving to our last overnight stop, a new listing popped up.
Property? Check. Lots of grass and trees for climbing, fort-building, outdoor adventuring for the kids and dog.
Home in good shape but in need of a little updating? Yep. Totally livable as is, but with so much potential.
Extra Studio space? Surprise! 900 sq feet of unfinished space above the garage.
It was located in one of our favorite Pacific Northwest towns, Gig Harbor, where the schools are great, community is established and thriving, there are restaurants and shopping and it is surrounded by the gorgeous waters of the Puget Sound.
The only problem was that we were miles and miles away in eastern Oregon with 10 days left on our road trip and no option of cutting things early to visit the home. So we kept on with our plans, finishing off our trip with a week-long extended family vacation, secretly praying that no one would purchase the house before us.
On a Sunday, we arrived home after 4 months on the road. On Monday we looked at the house. On Tuesday we bought it. Wednesday was spent enrolling the kids in a new school district, Thursday they met their teachers and they started school the following week. It was a whirlwind!
This new home is 45 minutes from our old house and for about a week we commuted the kids to their new schools before we decided we needed to stay closer. Our long-time friends graciously offered their apartment over their garage to us, and so for the past six weeks, we’ve been living in Gig Harbor, getting acquainted with the area, settling into new schools and working from coffee shops. It’s actually been a really nice way to transition.
We were supposed to close on the house at the end of September, but the closing kept getting pushed out and out until finally we got the keys on Friday!
I can’t wait to show you around …
Here’s the photo from the listing. The one above was taken this weekend during a break in our stormy weather. The one below was from this summer.
It’s a darling, slightly confused mix of traditional/cottage/craftsman home built in 1992. The previous owners built the home and raised their family here and we can’t wait to enjoy what they’ve created.
A view from the walkway to the front door. I like this side of the house.
The garage is large enough for us to park our cars in (we couldn’t fit our big cars in our previous garage!) and has a huge unfinished space above.
The back of the house is cute, too. The fence was used to keep the previous owners’ small dogs contained, but our dog would knock that thing right over, so it will come down soon to let the lawn be one expansive space.
The yard and trees are so pretty. We love that even though there are homes nearby, you can’t see any of them from the house. It feels private and green and perfect for the kids.
Okay, let me show you inside …
The house has a very typical builder-grade layout. To the right of the entry is an office; to the left is a living room. Straight ahead are stairs going up.
The living room looks out onto the front porch, has a wood-burning fireplace and connects to the dining room.
At the back of the house is the kitchen and eating space (you can see how the rooms connect – the oval window is the front door).
It was probably remodeled within the last five-ish years with new tile floors, granite tile countertops and nice appliances. The windows and french doors look out over the back yard and lead to a patio.
Off the kitchen is a family room with vaulted ceilings.
Here’s a good shot of how the rooms connect. Through the door on the right is the mudroom and laundry room which leads to the garage.
Upstairs are three bedrooms and a third floor bonus space that we’ll be walling off to create a fourth bedroom for our oldest.
The Master bedroom looks out over the back yard and has such pretty windows.
The bathroom has been updated (probably when the kitchen was redone) and has fancy things like radiant floors and four shower heads. It leads to a good-sized walk-in closet with a window. Weirdly, I really wanted a window in our closet that could let in fresh air.
The two bedrooms on the second floor are nearly identical and have a dormer window flanked by two large closets.
Audrey’s room is above and the two middle boys will share the one below. They are especially excited about turning one of the closets into a lego room.
Between the two rooms is a bathroom.
Stairs lead to the third floor …
… which boasts this large bonus space. We’ll use half of this room as a bedroom and the other half as a play room. The kids are nearly done with toys, so it will probably be more of a ‘hang out’ space, possibly with a pull-out couch for guests.
As I mentioned, there is a big room above the garage that is unfinished with two dormers and lots of natural light. It is going to make the perfect studio space for us to work from.
I truly can’t wait for this room to come together. Ryan and I work from home and our small office was feeling cramped. This space will allow us to spread out, have a dedicated place for recording coffee chats, meeting with clients, leaving out projects and then closing the door and walking inside to leave work behind. Our little design business is growing and it feels like such a treat to have this space to be inspired and creative in.
So that’s our new house!
It is everything we were hoping for and has our creative wheels spinning hard. We can’t wait to add our style to every part of it.
Most of all, we are so excited to make memories, invite friends in, host parties, use the yard, swing on the front porch, climb the trees and allow this new home to be the backdrop to this new season of life.
Get ready for lots of inspiration posts, design boards, big and little projects. It will be fun!