Friday, April 11, 2014

Done with the Inspections

We got the inspection reports back yesterday and for the most part everything looks good. A touch of termites in a hall closet that the sellers will have treated, and a bunch of rewiring electrical down at the lake that we'll take care of. But the roof, foundation and the air conditioning systems (which in Texas you know is as important as running water) all look great.

I was optimistic we wouldn't find any deal-killing surprises at the inspection so I had already done a bit of antique shopping. Furnishing a second home on a shoestring budget is challenging. I'll post a couple pictures of my finds next time.

Here are a few interior shots of the house. The first is from the front hallway looking in. I'll never understand why people build lake houses with only one or two windows facing the lake. Someday we plan on adding a bunch of windows here and maybe pushing out the entire wall. But for now, we want to get in as fast as we can and enjoy the summer.

FYI the furniture doesn't stay. Just the owner trying to dress it up a bit to help sell. But I'd take that breakfast table if they want to leave it.

Here's the kitchen. Already nice and new and not much to do here right now. The sellers had obviously done some remodeling not that long ago, much to our benefit. I thank them for that. Now if they would only leave me the cute breakfast set.

And from the living area looking back to the front of the house you see the stairs leading down to a large bedroom below, and a dining room with blue wall that will eventually be a sitting room/library. 

And here's the master bedroom with its great vaulted ceiling and french doors opening onto a deck overlooking the yard and lake. Not much to do here either. Although the tile-looking floor is actually a laminate that we will eventually replace. 

But look at all the great built-ins. We'll have more storage at the lake than we do in town.

But, alas, the master bath. A rug and some fresh towels for now, but a major redo later.

And now to the other bedrooms - two very small and one very large.

This will be Abby's room. She's my 14-year-old daughter who immediately picked this small room because it faces the lake and is far away from where her brothers will be.

And the guest bedroom. Not very big but we hope our future guest won't want to hang out in their bedroom anyway. The room does have a window onto the front of the house but my limited photography skills prevented me from showing it.

And the bunkroom. The boys will be down here. This is below the main level of the house at the bottom of the stairs near the front door.

And here's the opposite wall looking out to the yard and lake. The view will be better once we get the old hot tub out of the way.

Well, that's it in a nutshell. A little bit of painting and carpet right now, and some major renovating and moving walls later. But we've got big plans for our little space. Just wait and see.

Monday, April 7, 2014

We Got the Lake House

I'm excited to announce we got the lake house under contract over the weekend. I was thrilled (and more than a bit relieved). The back and forth of real estate negotiations is not a process I particularly enjoy. But it's done.

Now reality sets in. The thought of renovating and furnishing a second home is overwhelming. There's so much to do and purchase before we close in May. But I'm not complaining, it's also very exciting.

Here's a picture of our ugly duckling.

Not too bad, huh? That's because this is the back of the house, and like many southern colonial plantation homes, my ugly duckling has it's good side facing the river. 

If you owned a river-front home in the south in the 1700's or 1800's your guest would typically arrive by boat, so the grandest facade of the house often faced the water. Unfortunately, my future guests will likely not be arriving by boat. So what do I do with this...?

Not to worry, I've already got some ideas. Some landscaping, a little paint, etc. If you've got any good ideas, please let me know. All suggestions are welcome.

But this is what sold us on the house...a generous-sized back yard that slopes gently down to the river.

Oh, and that little boat house...I have ideas for it, too. Stay tuned. 

In the meantime, we have inspections this week. I'll let you know how that goes and include a few interior pics later this week. Then we can start working through what to do with the interior. This is going to be fun.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Back to Blogging

Yea, I've decided to start up my blog again. I've missed it. But instead of frustrated political rantings, this time I'm going to talk about my busy (sometimes crazy) life as a Houston wife, mother and owner of three dogs - and maybe the occasional political ranting.

Oh, and I have to mention we're trying to buy a lake house. Nothing grand, just a small lake house where we can escape the city and have some fun. I won't bore you right now with the layers of weird emotional reasons we each have for wanting a lake house, but I'll probably spill that out over time.

For now, just know its a little ugly duckling of a house set on the banks of a very quaint lake that is actually a portion of the Guadalupe River.

We just put in an offer for the house yesterday but haven't heard back from the seller. This is the worst part of trying to buy a house - the waiting.

And they say not to get emotionally attached to real estate before you buy it, but too late. I'll be very disappointed if it doesn't happened. I've already pinned (that's Pinterest, my daughter Abby taught me how to do it) dozens of pictures of how to turn the ugly duckling into a swan, well, at least an interesting looking mallard.

So keep your fingers crossed for me. If we get the house on contract I'll post a picture. In the meantime, here's a picture of one of my dogs.