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Our New House


I snapped some pictures of our new house yesterday. I kind of want to call this post "The Befores," or "What Our House Looked Like When We Moved In." I think it will be interesting to see how our house evolves while we're living here. I haven't really started decorating yet and I haven't hung any pictures on the walls. For the most part, things are just where they were dropped when we moved in. I mean, we have organized but we haven't really done anything yet. I also have lots of dreams for this house, which I'm going to mention. Most of them have to do with the kitchen. We're saving up our money to redo it, but we're not sure about the timeline quite yet.

Ok, enough jabbering. Here we go:

I didn't originally like the idea of a split entry. However, two things in particular changed my mind. This is number one. And this particular house is number two. I love this house.

We have a brand new driveway, as well as a new roof, which is super nice.

I love that the yard is in great shape. I love that it is also really plain. There aren't crazy plants, or rocks, or any kind of weird landscaping that we will need to change. And I can't wait to see what that weeping willow looks like with leaves!

^^This is across the street from our house. You can't really tell from the picture how beautiful those little hills are, and you can't see that to the right of this, there are mountains. I guess there used to be houses over there, but in 2001, they all started to slip and sink. The ground must have been unstable, or very wet or something, but at any rate they sunk, and they had to be demolished. So, there will never be houses across the street. I love this view.

^^This is our living room. I LOVE the vaulted ceiling. We used to not care about vaulted ceilings, but after our last apartment, I think we've been spoiled. They really make a room feel huge. I also really love the huge mantle. I'm not sure how to decorate it yet because there isn't very much space between the top of the mantle and the start of the ceiling (you know, for negative space, it's important I've heard in mantle decorating...) but hopefully, I can figure it out. (That mantle is seriously huge, the top of it, is taller than me)

I don't love the wood burning fireplace. I'm sure it would be really great to use, but it's currently against the law in Utah to burn wood in your house (because of the bad air quality), and well, it's just ugly. I'm not sure what to do with it yet, but maybe I can grow to love it.

I also don't love the railings, maybe someday we'll get new ones.

(And again with the decorating, please just remember that this whole post. I haven't really done anything yet.)

We've been toying with the idea of buying a sectional. It's a someday kind of purchase. We're fine right now, but it's always nice to have more places for people to sit. It's always awkward when there's not enough room on the couch. I also really need a bigger rug. But rugs are so dang expensive, and I like the little one we have so it's pretty low on the shopping list.

Here's another angle. Those windows. Seriously. I still can't believe it. I just love them. Like 70% of that wall is made of windows! Our last apartment was pretty much a black hole, inside of a cave, and before that we lived in two different basements, so that light coming in, is so refreshing.

(I'd like to replace that light in the entry someday.)

So if you turn around, we have the dining room and the kitchen. I have really big plans for this area (which I hope we will be able to do this summer, but if not, then next summer). That wall there, I want to remove it. Which will require adding a huge beam near the ceiling, and then I want to reconfigure the kitchen a bit, take out that little arm, and add an island instead. I basically just want one HUGE open room. With lots and lots of light.

Our table kind of looks silly because it's yellow because it's so small in a space that could use a much larger table, but a new table will have to be purchased after we redo the kitchen. I also have really great plans for a built-in desk and bookshelves, but again that will be done with the kitchen. Also, I really don't like the carpet in the dining room. It kind of grosses me out. When we redo the kitchen, I want to put in hardwood (laminate) floors everywhere upstairs (Jordan kind of wants carpet in the bedrooms, but we haven't really decided yet).

I definitely want to take those cabinets down.

The cabinets are actually really nice cabinets though. They're solid wood. I want to get them painted white here in the next little bit. And obviously the orange countertops will be changed someday.

I thought I was going to hate the kitchen, but it's actually growing on me. It's definitely not as bad as I thought it was going to be. And we have a brand new sink and faucet, which is nice, and our stove is the nicest one Jordan and I have ever had in our marriage. So that's a plus. Also SO many cabinets and SO much counter space. We're used to dinky, tiny, puny kitchens, so this one feels like it belongs in a castle for us.

Ok, so looking way back there you can see the hallway.

There are lots of closets in that hallway. Three to be exact. The storage is nice. There's a coat closet, a closet with our games, and some tools, and a vacuum, and then a linen closet. But besides the closets, the first room that you'll see down the hallway is a bathroom.

All of the bathrooms have new countertops, sinks/faucets, lights, mirrors, and towel racks. I'd like to paint the cabinets in all of the bathrooms someday.

The ceiling really ins't that slanted. It isn't slanted at all actually. We have new toilets, which is nice, and this is a new tub. It's kind of funny that there isn't a shower with this tub though so that would be another nice someday project. We'll see. That picture is really not very glamorous. I'm thinking about deleting it, as I type this. Oh well.

At the very end of the hallway is our extra bedroom. Someday it will be Reagan's big girl bedroom. In the mean time, I'd like to set up a sewing table, and have it be like a little craft room. Right now though, it just houses all of our extra stuff, all of the pictures that haven't been hung, and all of my craft stuff, as well as an armoire that didn't fit in our bedroom.

I love the windows in this room and Reagan's room. They are really big. They are only a foot away from the floor on the bottom, and a foot away from the ceiling on the top.

OH yeah! And the pink carpet (it's in this room and Reagan's room). It will be removed (I'm hoping it will be replaced with the new hardwood floors).

This is our room. It's at the end of the hallway on the right side. Again, I don't love the turquoise carpet. But one thing that's good I guess, is that all of the carpet, although it isn't my color preference is nice carpet. It's relatively new.

Also, I really like the plantation shutters in our room. I wish all of the windows had those.

All of the bedrooms are painted this beige colors. Again, it's not my most favorite color, but I'm pretty sure it was just painted, so it'll probably stay for a little while.

Like I mentioned, I haven't really started decorating. I'd really like to get new nightstands, and a new comforter, and basically just spruce up this room. It's time for a change.

And because you can see our door in this picture, I thought I'd mention that we have all new doors.

One thing that we really liked about this house, was that it had a bathroom in the master. It's a 3/4 bath, so there's a little shower there on the right, that you can't really see.

Ok, and then we have Reagan's room. I'm glad that we have a girl, because I'd feel so bad putting a boy in a room with pink carpet.

Reagan's room is really small, but it's perfect for a little baby. Everything that we need to put in her room, fits. So that's good. I need to hang up all of her pictures. But I'm nervous. So for now, her walls are bare (like all of the other walls in the house).

I'd like to hang up these yellow curtains that I made a million years ago. I think they'd look really pretty in her room.

And that concludes the upstairs part of our tour. On to the basement!

At the bottom of the stairs, there are four doors. One out to the garage, one to the laundry room, one for under the stairs, and one for the someday family room. (The lighting in the basement is not nearly as good as upstairs, so here is where the pictures start looking questionable...)

Here is a lovely view of under the stairs, currently housing our cooler. (Aren't you glad I included this picture?)

If you turn around from there, it's our laundry room, which also has our furnace, hot water heater, and water softener.

^^I'm not a big fan of this laundry room, but I'm not sure there is actually any possible way to change that. I'm hoping that there is, but I already know, the chances are slim.^^

^^Here is our someday family room. Right now it is a bit of a storage room. We want to build a bunch of shelves in the garage, so most of this stuff will move our there, but until that happens, here it sits. After the stuff moves, it will probably be an empty room/playroom for a while, until we want to buy another couch and another TV. ^^

^^Off of that family room, we have a guest room. Well, right now it is an empty bookshelf room, but someday it will be a guest room. Hopefully sooner rather than later, so we can have some guests!^^

^^This is the bathroom in the guest room. Another 3/4 bathroom.^^

^^And then just for fun, here is a lovely picture of our garage.^^

I know it's kind of silly, but I like that the drywall in the garage is painted. I think it makes it look more finished.

^^And another view. I LOVE (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) having a garage. My mom was really bothered by that pole smack dab in the middle of the garage, but is hasn't been any sort of problem yet. We've actually been using it to help us know how far in to drive.

Our garage has a sump pump, which is really nice. It's been running like crazy these last few days, since we've been getting ridiculous amounts of rain.

And here is back of the house. Not much to say about it, except that we have all new windows (not just on the back, but the whole house), which is great.

We really like our yard. It is a great size (the lot is .25 acres). Back in that corner, there is a cement pad, where we'd like to put a shed, someday, and next to it, we'd like to plant our garden. Also, the tree on the right is an apple tree, which I think is really fun (but apparently so do the deer, so we'll see how much I like it when the deer start hopping our fence).

And there you have it. The longest blog post ever written, with all sorts of details about our new house!

P.S. Just because you've seen pictures doesn't mean that you shouldn't still come over and get a real tour! Seriously, come over!


  1. Wow! I loved it! I love that there is so much remodeling potential. I'm seriously so jealous that you have your own house now! I love that you have a big backyard. I also love all hardwood floors but my husband thinks that he likes carpet better. We had a carpeted kitchen in my old apartment and it is seriously the worst! And gross. Who knew how many years worth of food had been ground up into it? Anyway, can't wait to see what you do later on with the house! PS That link you posted of the kitchen remodel is incredible!

  2. I love the wood beam in the living room, vaulted ceilings really do add SO much! I think you lucked out with a kitchen that is already pretty spacious but has potential to grow, can't wait to see what you do! So jealous that you have a basement :) The water levels get too high here so hardly ANY houses have them. But I agree that having a garage is the best thing ever. And I don't know if you are interested in this but we were going to build shelves too but Costco was having a sale on some just a week or so ago that ended up being as cheap or cheaper than if we built them and they're really nice. Everything is so nice and open, I love it! And that yard is fantastic, having a garden will be so fun!

  3. So fun! What a grand adventure to own your very first house and get to slowly improve it.

  4. your new house looks so great! i love the tall ceilings, looks like your place gets such beautiful light! only thing is like why is even pink carpet made? haha. sorry i had to. but i love this place! i haven't even thought about buying a house, i feel like we are very far off from this. haha.

  5. I am 100% IN LOVE with your backyard!!!

  6. LOOOOOVE IT! Reminds me so much of our place, with the random colored carpet and all! Ha! I'm so excited to see what you guys do. Also, I want a real tour. I'm coming over asap!


  7. Is this in Layton? I'm pretty sure my parents used to have a house on the same street! It looks so nice! Congrats on getting a space of your own!!

  8. Your home looks plain and simple on the outside. But it certainly looks lovely inside! It seems well-designed, and can be customized according to your preference and taste. Anyway, how did your plan on having hardwood floors turn out? I think they are much better than carpeted floors, because they can enhance the overall look of your home interior. At the very least, you can just have a huge rug for the living room, so as to make that area a special spot to entertain guests and such. Thanks for sharing!

    John Lambert @ Cape Coral Lots

  9. What a surprise! Everything in your new house is complete and perfectly matching. It seems that you have successfully applied the ideas you planned for it. I really love how it looks, both outside and inside. Thanks for giving us a lovely tour, Corina! All the best to you and your family!

    Benny Daniel @ Finlay Brewer


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