Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dreams Of Our Forever Home


We have been living in our townhouse since 2010. We bought it when the market was pretty low and got a good deal on it.  We weren't married or even engaged yet. It was perfect for the two of us. In the last 6 years we have grown as a family and its just not working for us any longer. Although I love our home I really want a house of our own. Our neighbors are ok, the neighborhood is nice but there is just something about having a home of our own.

My husband recently applied for a promotion at his job. He has to wait until the end of March before we find out. Brian would be making a lot more money each year which means we could sell our townhouse and hopefully buy something a little larger. We have our fingers and toes crossed he get this promotion. The promotion won't be easy. It will be pretty tough on him and his hours/days will change but he is prepared for it and even excited about it.

A few things that have been driving me crazy about our townhouse as we've been here for 6 years. First off we only have 2 bedrooms. Although Jack's room is large, has 2 closets and it's own bathroom it is just not big enough for more than one child. He has so much and so many toys they have taken over his room and our basement which has now become our makeshift playroom The only problem is we kind of hate our basement. It's underground and just blah! Another thing, we have an eat in kitchen but no dining room. This makes it impossible for us to host any type of holiday for our large families. We have a lot of square footage but its split on 3 floors. Living in a townhouse community we are stuck with common charges and our development has really been slipping on what they are doing to maintain the exterior even though we pay a ton of money is fees.

Things I'm looking for in a new house:

- A dining room.

- 3 or even 4 bedrooms

- 2.5 or more bathrooms

- Somewhat updated home

- Hardwood flooring- so much better for Jack's lungs

-Spacious entry way

- A garage

- Outdoor/ backyard space preferably something we can fence in and get a dog...shhh! Don't tell my husband.

- Front porch with room for a rocker or swing- Big dreams!!!! 

I'm a big fan of craftsman style homes which are almost impossible to find in my part of NJ. We are the land of split ranch houses. I love them and almost everyone I know lives in one but they aren't my first choice. We also live in an area where there are tons of lake homes that were once 3 season homes and converted so it's difficult time find anything craftsman.

No matter what we are so lucky to have a roof over our head. If we don't get a chance to move I still believe we are the luckiest. We have each other and that is all we need. Please keep us in your thoughts and send us good wishes that my husband gets this promotion and we can start searching for our dream home.


K said...

Sending good luck and positive thoughts your way! I definitely wish that we had thought more about our house before we bought it. We had JUST got married and hated our apartment so it was a dream. Add in a baby and things got a lot smaller. We don't have a dining room, but have family dinner every Sunday. I mean, the people before us had 5 kids, so I guess I could make it work, but I just need more room! It's really not that big! So we'll either expand or move (or live there forever haha). And that house you pictured is gorgeous! I would love that!

Stang & Co. said...

Prayers on that promotion for your husband! We are actually building a house and waiting on approvals as I type this, but if you plan on having more kiddos I say definitely try for four bedrooms! You will never regret having that extra room, and even if it isn't filled with a child, it may become a great place to escape once the kids get older ;-)

Jen said...

Sending lots of good thoughts your way!!!! :)

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