1. Bones. Our house has great bones. The layout is perfect for this stage in our lives. The main floor is a square, typical of Colonial homes. I like our layout because there is no formal living room area. The family room is in the front of the house and there is what the builder called a sun room in the back, across from the kitchen. It's currently being used as a play room, the perfect place for our daughter to play while we cook dinner. There are just enough bedrooms and a bonus room for my husband, plus a bonus room for me (the entire 3rd floor!) That 3rd floor can also become a getaway space when our daughter is a teenager.
|Kitchen into sunroom|
|Sunroom into kitchen|
2. The backyard. We have over 1/3 acre and beyond that is a protected wooded area that can never be built on. It's a great feeling to know that you will never be staring at another house behind yours. We also have a stream behind our house. It, too needs a lot of work - we have to add rip-rap and I'd like to lay river rock to make it prettier but it's also perfectly fine for now. We have an area with a lot of debris and rock that we can walk across and some really deep areas. I'm sure our daughter will continue to enjoy it as she gets older. For now, she likes to fish for minnows and salamanders.
3. The area. We moved here for the schools. We had been looking for a few years and finally found an area in this town that we loved. There aren't a lot of other kids this age around but I'm sure that will change as this is a transitional neighborhood. We live on a cul-de-sac street and spend some evenings down in the cul-de-sac on bikes or writing with sidewalk chalk. And the best part of this town? The greenways. We can travel anywhere throughout the area easily and off main roads. We have to ride our bikes about 1/4 mile to get to a greenway but then it's all safe riding from there. There are also restaurants and grocery stores within a mile. We couldn't be happier.