Our lives have started a new chapter, and it begins with a new home!
After selling our home in Missouri, moving back to the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and living in a rental for the last two years, we have finally found our new home! So, a new chapter begins!
Our original plan was to live in a rental for a year while we searched for the right neighborhood and home. However, the unforeseen COVID pandemic hit and messed up those plans. We ended up extending our lease to wait out the pandemic and to give us a little bit more time to search for the right home to buy.
We searched and searched, but couldn’t seem to find what we were looking for. We knew exactly what we wanted but it seemed like nothing on the market fit the bill.
Hubby and I were both getting pretty discouraged when this beautiful home in a golf course community went up for sale, and after taking one look at it, we both knew it was the one. We literally made our offer as soon as we walked through it! Hubby is a passionate golfer so he is in heaven!
We moved in a little over three months ago and we’re finally getting settled in. We absolutely love our new home! It is exactly what we were looking for!
I’m going to take you on a little tour today and show you our home as it was when we looked at it.
I took the photos with my phone as we toured the home when it was still for sale, so I apologize for the quality.
This is the front view of the house. It has a circular drive in the front, with a double garage around on the side.
After living in larger homes, hubby and I both wanted something smaller, around 2500 sq ft. While I love larger two story homes, we’re both at the age that we don’t want the maintenance any longer and wanted something more manageable with living on one level.
The front entryway is so pretty with mature azaleas on each side of the walkway, and a beautiful Chinese Maple on one side.
All of the landscaping is mature and lovely with lots of azaleas, hydrangeas, and roses. All we’ll need to do is prune and trim everything because it hasn’t been done in awhile. I can’t wait to have flowers in the yard again!
The stained front door has beautiful side lights with beveled glass. I love the transom over the door. The wood is a bit weathered from the sun, so I will need to sand and re-stain.
I can’t wait to place potted topiaries on each side of the door, and put a pretty wreath up.
This is looking back at the front door from inside. It has a lovely small foyer as you enter the home.
The transom over the door has an interesting pleated shade that appears to be made of some kind of paper. I’m going to remove that and open up the window to let the light in.
The house was built in the late 1990’s and the light fixtures reflect that era. I will eventually replace most, if not all, of them for something in a French style.
This view looks into the dining room which is to the left of the front door.
The home has beautiful crown moulding and architectural details which I love. The dining room is large with high ceilings, a gorgeous chandelier, and wainscoting.
I’ve never been a fan of wall to wall carpeting, and this home has real hardwood floors throughout.
This view is looking back toward the front door. I love the columns!
Looking into the living room from the dining room, you can see a gas fireplace on one wall with a bank of windows on the right which looks out over the golf course.
Even though we love our fans in the South, I plan on replacing the one in the living room with a pretty French style chandelier.
I love the high ceilings and all the wide crown moulding.
Next, we are going into the kitchen area.
The kitchen is probably going to need the most updating. At some point I would like to replace the countertops, and even though all of the appliances work fine, they will get replaced with stainless.
I don’t know why there is a ceiling fan in the kitchen, but it will be coming down and more recessed lighting will go in.
The cabinets are in great shape and were all refaced and new hardware added prior to the house being put on the market.
There’s a good size breakfast room off of the kitchen with large windows that look over the golf course.
I plan on repainting the walls and replacing the 1990’s light fixture.
The door on the left leads to a screened porch, and the opening on the right leads into the master bedroom.
Looking toward the breakfast room from the kitchen.
This is the master bedroom. It’s large with high ceilings and gorgeous windows.
The only thing I really want to change in this room is the ceiling fan. I would prefer a beautiful chandelier, however we may have to live through the summer season first to make sure we’ll be fine without it!
At some point, I’m going to paint the walls. I haven’t decided on the color yet, even though I adored the wall color of our last home. I may end up going with the same color, which was Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. It is such a great neutral gray.
This doorway in the master bedroom leads into the ensuite hallway with large double walk in closets on both sides, and then into the master bathroom.
I am in love with our master bathroom! It is such a fabulous large space!
It is beautifully wallpapered in a gray and white stripe. It’s so hard to tell in these photos, however it’s really pretty wallpaper and appears to have been recently installed.
There are a few cosmetic changes that I want to make in here, but not many. I would like to update the light fixtures, and replace the shower door with a frameless door, as well as the sink fixtures.
The home has four bedrooms in total, with the master on one side of the home, and the other three bedrooms on the other side of the house.
We’ll have one guest room, and make the other two bedrooms into an office space for me, and a shipping/packing/storage room for our online shop.
All of the bedrooms are a nice size with spacious closets.
This bedroom has great built in’s so I plan on using it for our online shop’s packing/shipping area.
It also has a great storage closet, so it will work perfectly for my business.
The guest suite bath is quite large and it will need some minor updating as well.
Even though the current wallpaper is pretty, I feel like it’s a bit outdated.
There are three bathrooms in total, including a small one that’s just off of the garage by the laundry room.
This small powder bathroom is a decent size with a full walk in shower. It just needs some cosmetic changes to bring it into the current decade.
I love the screened in porch on the back of the house.
We’ve always enjoyed sitting outside, but unfortunately, mosquitoes think that I’m quite the tasty morsel!
It’s nice to be able to sit outdoors and enjoy the weather without being eaten alive!
There’s also a nice size patio off of the screened in porch.
Our backyard is right on the golf course and we have a bird’s eye view of the #6 green.
Hubby has been a passionate golfer for many, many years, so he’s thrilled with the location and view.
This is the view of the back of the house, looking from the golf course.
I have lots of plans and I’m sure rooms will get decorated and re-decorated many times over.
Now that I’ve shown you the “bones” of the house, I will start sharing some of the spaces as we get moved in and the decorating begins. So stay tuned!
You can see our previous home HERE.