Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Moving (eventually) forward

Since I've been talking alot about us buying a new place, I figured I'd share with you, some pics that we took of it, this past weekend. We've decided to go with a duplex, as it offers everything we are looking for, in our price range, while still allowing us to spring for upgrades, as well, as indulge with a walk-out basement!!!!!

The neighbourhood is brand new, and very up-and-coming. It's also in a rather prestigious area of town. RITZY!!

So without further ado - here are the showhome pics of the place we're looking at (please excuse the decor - the Marilyn Monroe theme is obviously NOT MY PICK!!

Here's what the house looks like front the exterior. Yes, we've gone with a single garage again. I'm fine with it for now, as I typically get the garage anyhow :)

The front entrance is nice and long, with a closet right there, which is great. I've always been used to having stairs right near the door (great for sitting on, and putting on shoes). So I will have to invest in a couple of little leather ottomans for the front entrance, as well as some great accent pieces for that pretty little art niche!

Plus, that little door is the (fairly large) powder room, with great front door/garage access.

This is the STANDARD KITCHEN. We are not getting this kitchen - we are upgrading to this:

We prefer the dark, upgraded cabinets, and stainless steel. We will however, be switching to a raised eating bar by the sink.

We love the layout of the open kitchen!

The kitchen also features some great details, like these little built-in wine glass and coffee mug holders! The only thing in this kitchen that we do not like is the tile, and the white (very expensive sink).

As well, the bane of our home-buying existence is the fact that in lieu of a walk-in pantry, we will have to make do with this, corner pantry :(

The dining nook is the same size-ish as what we have now, so that will work fine.

The only difference, is that we'll soon be looking out onto our deck, and fairly large yard...

The open-floorplan also includes a great room - we're currently in negotiations about moving the location of the fireplace to the big wall where the sofa is. This will provide us more furniture arrangement options.

We really like the treatment they've used on the fireplace, but are skipping the option at this point, and will probably do something similar, as a DIY, down the road!

A very large, bright stairwell with a HUGE window leads the way upstairs!

The Master Bedroom is also pretty bright, with three nice big windows, a walk-in closet with window, and a pretty Master bath with tub/shower.

There is a 3 piece main bath, whose picture seems to have been erased (Cory....).

The two additional bedrooms, will be used as a guest room (eventual nursery).

In Office/Craft room... this room also has a nice walk-in closet perfect for storing my craft stuff!

The basement in this show home was NOT finished, so I didn't take photos. However, down the road it will be finished quite nicely as a large FAMILY ROOM, complete with walk-out to backyard. There will also be a nice 3 piece bath and a pretty little laundry room, as well as a lot of storage!!! I'm very excited!

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