Home on the Range

Perhaps my title is a little mellow-dramatic. Deal with it.

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We’ve been here now for a little over a month and we’re coming to realize how much this feels like home now. We were back in Minneapolis last weekend for Tim’s Ironman Bike Ride (his 6th year running!)…

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Stud.

…and we kept commenting on how it was great to be back, but we missed “home”. Words I thought would come out of my mouth, oh never. So clearly, this whole none-stop-wind-on-the-prairie house is quickly settling into our hearts and making itself comfortable. There’s still a lot to be done, but the work needed is much different from the kind we were doing in the previous house. Not better or worse, just different. Also, I find it completely charming that the girls call this house the “red house” and in all of there pictures now there’s a little red house somewhere on the page. Be still my melting heart.

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Being a new home, there’s a lot of this kind of stuffย lying around. The builder has happily come and picked up some of it, but not all of it, and every time they do a new project (ahem… the deck) more stuff gets left behind. Will it ever end? It better because I’ve got big plans for grass on this little plot of dirt. Time to clean up kids, Mama’s gotta try her hand at l-a-n-d-s-c-a-p-i-n-g.

DSC_4112But a new home also comes with a lot of fun little extras that we really appreciate. Say it with me, “A.C.” Huzzah! We haven’t needed it yet (which is good because the unit’s not installed yet) but when we do, I’ll be really happy we have it. People tell me it’s windy here until it gets hot… and then the wind decides it’s bored and goes elsewhere. Okay then, good thing there’s a splash pad up the road.

Also, can we just talk about the view?

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This is what it looked like the day we moved in. This is what it looked like two nights ago:

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It’s seriously ridiculous that there’s this much space behind our house. Eventually this will be developed into more housing, so this view is not here to stay. But for now we’re soaking it in and enjoying the peace that comes with living outside the city.

I’ve gotten a couple of questions about why we decided to go with a new construction home, since we clearly loved our little old beauty in Minneapolis. Honestly, it’s mostly about re-sale value. We know this is just a temporary move and older houses in this area are much harder to sell than new construction homes. It was also a timing thing, we had about two months to pick a house, sell our previous house, pack and move and the idea of finding a house that needed updating like the last one was just too much, especially since we knew Patrick would be a newborn at the time of the work.

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One of the things I did get with this home was the open floor plan I’ve dreamed and dreamed about. I can be cooking in the kitchen, chatting with people sitting at the bar or dining room table, and watching the girls destroy the living room and make spit pictures with their fingers on the T.V. screen. It’s glorious.

DSC_4127Also, the fact that these windows are super energy-efficient is amazing. A-mazing. It’s a good thing too, because the wind (did I mention the wind?) threatens to blow our house down every.single.day. We need good windows to keep us warm.ย One of our neighbors told us that the wind is pretty brutal in the winter time. So the windows are very much appreciated. I’m also pretty in love with the vaulted ceilings. It’s amazing how large this space feels just because of the ceiling height. The only issue, I want it all painted a different color… so that’ll be an interesting endeavour.

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We have three finished bedrooms right now. The girls’ and Patrick’s (right now operating as the guest bedroom) are mirror images of each other. They’re both a really great size and the closets are huge! Huge for us anyway, I think they’re probably standard sized closets, we’re just use to Minneapolis standard sized… aka capsule wardrobes only. I’ll have more pictures of the closets later as we’re putting new closet systems in them to accommodate clothes/toys/general chaos.

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And our bedroom is pretty awesome too. The ceiling is what made this room. It’s actually a pretty small master bedroom, but it also includes a walk-in closet (what?!) and a bathroom so it works great for us. Now I can say things like, “the master suite” and sound all snooty like. I told Tim that even though we have two bathrooms now (there’s one by the kids’ rooms) I’m still going to make sure I fight him for one in the morning… you know… for consistency’s sake.

Now, the greatest part about the house, you know, except for all the other great things I’ve talked about, is the basement:

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So down here there’s room for three more bedrooms, another living area, and a third bathroom. Aaand my head just exploded.

Our plan is to make one room into an office, complete with french doors to let more light into the large living room, one is going to be a play room for the kids, and the third will be the actual guest bedroom with a guest bathroom. I love this basement because it’s not a dark cave, there’s beautiful windows in each room to let a good amount of light in and the idea of being able to finish a basement is exciting. And scary. But mostly exciting! We’ll post pictures once everything’s all framed up so you can see our “vision”, or rather, the builder’s vision and how we’re continuing that with our finishes and last-minute details.

Anyone else taking advantage of beautiful weather this week? Any gardeners out there want to give me some tips on raised garden beds?

Cheers!

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