We closed on a house in Minnetonka at the end of the year. Being homeowners has been great so far. We have been paying bills, doing little construction and maintenance things, and generally getting settled in what we hope to be our long term home.
Here are some photos of the house before we moved all our stuff in. It's woodsy outside! And jungley inside!
And then we moved in and there were boxes everywhere.
We painted all the bedrooms and one of the bathrooms upstairs, and are getting new carpet in on Monday. We opted to remove the carpet instead of having the contractor remove it. It turns out that this includes removing the carpet pads and the staples and lots of cleaning. Luckily, we've had some great help from parents and siblings.
We now have a driveway to shovel. It happily faces south, so we don't always have to exert a lot of effort. My parents recently sold their house in the suburbs and saved shovels, rakes, hoses, and such for us.
We like that the kitchen, eating area, and family room are attached.
Living in the living room (that's what it's for, right?) feels a bit like being in our 700 sq. ft. apartment in Boulder, but with plants!
Matt got "Modernist Cuisine," a huge and beautiful coffee table book filled with food photos.
In other news, we have inherited a marlin that my grandpa caught. He hangs on the walls and looks classy. Unfortunately, there are only about two walls in the house long enough for him to fit on, so we are still figuring out where he will live for the long term.
We've recently been replacing lightbulbs and fixing some last minute things before the carpet goes. It's been wonderful to have our own kitchen again. We've been baking and cooking more like normal and now have ample storage space to keep all my supplies. We have also started hanging our artwork on the walls, and thus the place is starting to look like our home.
After the carpet goes in, we can actually move upstairs, which should be super cozy.