Since today was a day when Speck doesn’t get his treatment, I had planned to meet a friend out of town today, get away from the house hunting roller coaster, eat out and totally enjoy myself. Last night we found out about a house that Vince really wanted to see. My plans were cancelled and that’s fine . . I can meet my friend any day. I met Vince for lunch and we looked at the house.
When we drove up and saw it, and the layout on the land, we were both saying “Oh, we LOVE it!” Before we ever went in, I asked Vince if he brought a check. The house is way small. Otherwise, I think we would have made an offer right there on the spot. We still may. The house wouldn’t be hard to add onto but it also has a 40′ x 60′ metal building right behind the house. My entire sewing room would have to be out there. We would kinda build a building inside the building and it would be plenty big and nice and I’m fine with that idea.
We think it really makes more sense to have it out there instead of adding onto the house. I would still have a sewing machine set up in the house but the majority of the stash and supplies, and the longarm would be out in the building. We also talked about adding an outdoor kitchen (air conditioned so not really “outdoor”) with an indoor eating area and an outdoor patio with a space for grilling and serving drinks, etc. outside.
This was a favorable point for me!
We’re going back out to the house with the tiny bedrooms this afternoon, to look at how we might extend the master bedroom. We think we’ve come up with a feasible plan and if so, that one gets put back in the running.
The acreage we looked at Saturday, the listing agent called to say that the owner would finance part of the deal if we wanted to go ahead and buy the tracts he wanted to sell. The financing wasn’t the issue — we just didn’t want one of the tracts he was willing to sell and he wanted us to buy them both together. We wanted one of the tracts, along with three other tracts that he didn’t want to sell.
So, what will we do? There are positives and negatives about all three locations.
House #1 (shown above) – Positives are: It’s 7 miles from Vince’s work. That means a lot. If I have issues at home and need him, he can come home. When I’m out of town, he’s able to come home and let Speck out at lunch. It has 20 acres and they’re working on the plan right now to see if we can get up to 40 acres. Even though it’s real small, there’s not a wasted square inch in this house. The shop is already there for Vince. It has a good well.
Negatives are: It’s small! It’s not even as big as our upstairs in the rental or our house in MO. When we were in MO, we often looked around at the large rooms and big hallways and commented on how much space was wasted, but at some point, a house can be too small. Or, maybe some folks (us) just have too much junk! Also, the sewing room would be outside but that may not be a negative — just something I’d have to learn to get used to. Everyone I know who has their sewing room in a separate building loves it so I’m not going to be concerned about that.
House #2 (with the tiny bedrooms) – Positives are: I loved the kitchen. LOVE the kitchen! The sewing room would be right next to the kitchen. Everything in the house is brand new – never lived in. It has 6 acres and we think we could buy more from a neighbor and even though it’s in a subdivision (of sorts), we can have chickens. It also has a shop (same size as the above house) already in place for Vince.
Negatives are: The bedrooms are tiny and the closets are small. It’s about 24 miles from Vince’s work. There’s a big stone wall along one big end of the family room and it’s ugly. We would take it down and do something else and that would be a bit expensive, depending on how much damage was done to the ceiling, and whatever the cost, it doesn’t add any square feet! Honestly . . it’s an ugly house. The outside is not attractive at all. And, this one needs a new well “punched”. We’re pretty sure hitting water isn’t a problem but that’s another expense.
House #3 (which is actually land): Positives are: We can build anything we want. It’s about 15 miles from Vince’s work . . not as good as 7 miles, not as bad as 24 miles.
Negatives are: 70+ acres is about double what we had wanted, which isn’t a problem except we have to pay for it. It needs everything — well, septic, road, fences, shop, house. We would pay for having it all done so that would be pretty expensive.
It’s all so much to think about but I figure we have 2-1/2 choices (since the land owner hasn’t and may not agree to sell the tracts we want) and at this point, I almost feel like putting them all in a bucket and picking one and being done with it!