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Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Featured, Personal, The House | 4 comments

We’re Here

It’s been a long and very busy week, but we are here.  There is still a ton to be done – unpacking, organizing, cleaning the rental, etc – but we’ve finally been able to sit down a relax a little this weekend.  We closed on the new house last Friday and I spent the rest of that day and Saturday morning cleaning.  Since the house had been empty for several months, there were a lot of spider webs and dust everywhere.  We started bringing stuff we didn’t need right away last weekend and early last week.  The piano movers came Monday morning and got it moved in less than an hour.

By Wednesday, we were down to just the stuff we needed so we decided to go ahead and move the mattresses over and start staying here that night.  That was the first time we got to see it at night.

Exterior Lights

Exterior Lights

We rented a u-Haul Friday morning and 4 friends came over and helped us move all the big stuff.  It goes a lot faster and easier when you have a lot of help 🙂  I finished moving the kitchen yesterday and now all that’s left is just a bunch of random stuff.  I cleaned the rental some as stuff was moved out, but I need to go back and do the final cleaning.  We still don’t have anyone lined up to rent it, but I’d like to get it cleaned up so I can focus on the new house.

Last night, we had dinner outside by the fireplace – hot dogs and s’mores!

Outdoor Fireplace

I’m working on posting a gallery page on here with pictures of the new house.  I’d like to keep it updated with before and after pictures as I get each room decorated.  (*UPDATE* – The gallery can be found HERE.)

Despite everything that still needs to be done, it feels really good to be here.  We have so much room compared to our previous houses.  It’s nice to put things away and know they are going to stay there for a long time (I hope).

*Click Here to see the full photo gallery of our new house*


  1. Did you make any modifications to the size of the kitchen? The floorplan shows the bar the opposite way, however it doesn’t appear you have the space to turn it the other way.

    • Yes, the kitchen was modified from the original plans and you are correct, the island would not fit the other direction as it is shown. The kitchen/breakfast nook in our finished house is 12’6″ x 22’9″. We were hoping to get a copy of the modified plans at closing, but they weren’t available. I am working on drawing some up on my own, but haven’t had a chance to finish them yet. I will post them once I do.

      • Thank you.
        I have a client that likes the house and floorplan. We are in the process of making modifications and your photos have been very helpful.

        • Here is what I have drawn so far. The rooms labeled in Green are shown as the sizes they actually are. The other rooms are not. The right side of the first floor is a bit off – mainly the hall way outside the master and that area. It shows the general layout though which should give you an idea of the changes. I hope to eventually have an exact model drawn – inside and out – but we need to get unpacked and settled more first before I’ll have time to work on it 🙂 Hope that helps.

          Modified Shook Hill 1st Floor Plan
          Modified Shook Hill 2nd Floor Plan

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