We've been looking at houses online for months, and we really haven't seen anything we liked. Both of us have pretty extensive wish lists. Big windows, lots of light, white trim, a huge kitchen, a big master bathroom and closet, space for my sewing room...the list was never ending, and we were sure we'd never find what we wanted.
One afternoon my husband mentioned building a new home in one of the new developments nearby. I was doubtful. Can we afford it? Are we going to be able to find a floorplan that suits our needs?
Turns out, there was indeed the perfect floorplan for us. Behold, the Venice:
There were a number of things I liked about this floorplan. I liked the mudroom off of the garage. It was the perfect place to drop coats and keys. I loved the counterspace in the kitchen, the bright morning room, and the open family room. The master bedroom was spacious, the closet was huge, and the bathroom was an upgrade over our last home. Duel sinks and a soaking tub? Amazing. Second floor laundry and large secondary bedrooms? Sold.
Almost. The base price wasn't bad, but it was at the top end of our comfortable budget. The upgrades we'd want to include, like the morning room and giant kitchen island and upgraded masterbath would push it out of our range. I was honest with the sales rep, and within a day she responded with a very tempting offer...they were willing to upgrade the kitchen and morning room, plus finish the basement. We decided it was worth a second glance. After all, this was a great floorplan that fit our needs perfectly.
There were things we just weren't sure about, though. We had lived in a subdivison where all the houses looked alike, and it made selling our house difficult. We didn't know what the neighborhood would look like when it was completed, and what we did just didn't feel like home. We decided to mull it over for a few days before going back to discuss pricing out the other upgrades features we'd like.
Meanwhile, I kept browsing over the listings sent to us by an agent our selling agent had referred to us. There wasn't much that caught my eye (that we could afford, that is!) but one day I saw a listing for a large house in another nearby community. It was lots of space, more than we'd need, and it was in a good school district...and it was in our price range. There was going to be an open house that coming weekend. So we decided to check it out for fun, then go talk to the sales rep about building our new home.
I could hardly sleep that night, and this time it wasn't because of the noisy neighbors.