A little more than a week ago, we moved into our new old home. We were set to move out on a Saturday, but as of the Thursday morning before, had no idea what would be going down.
We got word Thursday evening things were set to close the next day. We closed on the new house Friday, moved out of the old house Saturday, cleaned and finished things Sunday, then closed on the old house later in the week. I left for a brand trip in Utah early Monday, I returned late Wednesday night and that was it, we were all home.
Getting used to the home has been a little bit of a change for all of us.
It has great bones, thick dark trim, quirks, and lots of character. It was built in 1910, has 4 beds (plus 1 bonus room), 2 baths, sits on a deep lot, and was originally listed as a tear down. After living here, it is in great condition and I’m glad we can save it. We’ll start with some foundation work and make a plan from there.
It feels like we’re in a vacation home. It smells a bit like we’re in a vacation home. 🙂 We left a finished home for one which needs work. The home is half the size and the rooms are narrow. We’ve sold or donated much of our belongings. We’re no longer rural-ish, we live on a quiet street in a vibrant downtown suburban area.
I could go on and on with the differences. But I haven’t missed our old house yet.
Here we spend more time outside. We’re all together when hand-washing dishes. Kids have to pitch in because messes are more noticeable. We’re living with less (since most of it is packed). The TV is still disconnected, and I’ve seen more forts, puzzles, books, and made-up games than I’ve seen all summer. Everyone is closer together. We’re moving a bit slower without the rush of a looming move. We’re visiting more parks, going on more bike rides, walk downtown, and enjoy after-dinner kid parent dates. And most importantly, we’ve seen Doug more often than when he was commuting a total of 4 hours a day from the old house to his new office.
It won’t be all rainbows and sunshine, but it’s been good for us. I can feel good changes and I like it.
Here are some before photos of our new, old house. I’ll start with the exterior and first floor, then share the 2nd floor in another post.