Saturday, March 20, 2010

Candle burning at both ends

Right before Christmas we put our 3 bedroom historic cape cod house on the market and much to my surprise it sold in less than a month with a bidding war to boot. I had agreed to put in on the market thinking that it wouldn't sell for a few months and knew that we'd pull it off the market once the boys arrived. Both J and I agreed that showing a house with two newborns wouldn't be a good idea, particularly when the house needed to be perfectly staged which would be impossible with baby gear everywhere. Secretly I hoped it wouldn't sell because I didn't want the added stress of packing and moving with the babies, so when it sold so quickly I was quite nervous about what was to come.

Not only did we sell our house, but we were planning to build another one. With new construction comes all sorts of decisions and stresses. When we sold our house we already had the lot picked out, the foundation poured, and well dug, so all we had to do was have the house built. Fortunately we have a great general contractor who's made the process relatively easy. Additionally, we had spent time looking at flooring, counters, light fixtures, faucets, etc before our current house sold, so we were able to make all of those decisions relatively quickly and easily. Selecting the paint colors took me a little longer, but in the end I'm happy with what I chose.

I know it seems like a crazy idea for us to sell our house and build a new one right before twin boys were to arrive. We knew we would be insanely busy packing and moving with two newborns, but it seemed like a better time than when they would be toddlers on the go. Plus, the cost of building supplies are really low right now and the government is giving the $6500 tax credit for repeat home buyers. Our current home is on the small side, so we knew we'd need to move into something bigger once the boys came. Now that they are here with all of their gear it became even more apparent how nice it would be to have a larger home.

Our new house will be completely finished in one week and we'll be completely moved in at that point. Over the past three weeks we've been moving stuff into the basement and garage. Our families, especially my mom, have been an enormous help in packing and moving. By next Saturday all that will be left to move into the new house is furniture, clothing, and the baby gear we use daily. We've more or less packed everything else.

I'm excited to have more space and to have a huge yard for the boys to play in when they are older. The new house sits on an almost 2 acre lot, so they'll be plenty of space for the boys to run around in--I can already see Silas & Liam running and playing in the yard! Additionally, the new house has a large "bonus room" above the 2-car garage, which will be a playroom for the boys. We think it will be the perfect house for our boys to grow up in and can't wait to get settled in.

The outside of the house from two weeks ago:

The boy's playroom before the carpet went in:

My favorite room in the house:

11 comments:

Saffy said...

Simply stunning ;) What paint colours/theme did you go for in the end?

And oh so much room for the boys - 2 acres :O There'll be a whole lot of fun had there for sure.

Hope the little fellas are doing marvellously :)

Bonny said...

Looks beautiful. And the boys will grow into the house. Sounds like you have been crazy busy. Moving is not easy at any time, but especially with newborns.

Karma & Adam said...

Haven't visited in a while and thought I'd leave you a quick comment. The house looks amazing! Congrats! Hope the move in goes seamlessly. The boys looks like they're doing wonderful. I'm always amazed by mommies of multiples...1 was definitely enough of a challenge : )

Kelly said...

The house looks awesome!!! I bet you can't to be settled in. :)

MyLifeMyWorld & Growing Families said...

WOw the house looks great! Honestly there is NEVER a good time to move, you just gotta jump in and do it!

I hope you'll share the finished product, just before move in day??!!??

Good luck!

Lost in Space said...

It's beautiful, Niki! Congrats on the new place. I suspect your boys are going to explore every inch of those 2 acres! Good luck with the rest of your move. Enjoy...

Lucy said...

Beautiful house! I'm sure you're busy, but it sounds like you're right--there is never a perfect time to move--it's always chaotic, so better now than later!

Tiffany said...

Oh my goodness, it is GORGEOUS. I am SO SO jealous. Our house is 1,000 square feet, what I wouldn't give for more space. So exciting!

goldenjag25 said...

Wow, that is so great that you get to have a new and bigger home to raise the boys in!!! Lots of stress but very exciting. Congrats!

Poppy said...

WOW...you brave, brave woman! But I'm so happy for you, J & the boys! It looks like a beautiful home and a wonderful setting to raise your two boys! Congrats!!

Jaymee said...

just beautiful, that is the perfect playroom. i agree much easier to move before they learn to. hope the rest goes perfectly.