Wednesday, November 7, 2012

the little house in the big woods

After weeks of packing and cleaning, of loading and unloading boxes, of hauling complaining cats in different vehicles and in and out of hotel rooms and boarding houses, we're finally in our new house in South Carolina. 

Although we don't know anyone, and it doesn't quite feel "like home", we feel so blessed to have found this house.  It's got so many elements that we've been looking for.

A long, open living room with a fireplace, and lots of windows.  And hardwood floors...oh, how I love hardwood floors.

A bright and cheery dining room, with plenty of space for family gatherings.

A big kitchen...

...with a big window for my plants.

The view from my old kitchen window was, four feet in front of me, the flesh-colored aluminum siding of the house next door. 

This is my new view!

The tree you see there in the background is a palmetto tree, which is the state tree.

Off the kitchen is the sun room, which was added on to the original house several years ago.

Another sunny, happy place to gather with loved ones!

The house was built in 1950, but the last homeowners added several features.  Besides building on a sun room, they widened the back living room and added a bank of windows that overlooked the back yard.

They also built a patio, just beyond the guest bedroom.

One of my favorite changes...they remodeled the master bathroom to add a 2-person jacuzzi tub and a stand-alone glass shower.  It's so modern-looking, which I normally dislike, but oh, the comfort!

They installed sinks on either side of the bathroom, so I have my own space.  Ahhhh!

I have my own craft room, too, a cheerful little room tucked away at the far end of the house.

I love the idea of being able to work back here with so many windows.  I have great views:

The house is white with green shutters.

Just like I've always wanted, it has a little fenced-in side garden...perfect for flowers.

On the other side, you can see the sun room jutting off the back, and the land start to slope down toward the water.

The back shows all the features added by the previous homeowners to enjoy the view!

And what a view it is!  We can't get enough of it.

There's an 11-acre pond, owned by a neighbor, running the length of our property in the back.

There's an outdoor fireplace that's fallen into disrepair, right by the water.

We're looking forward to restoring it, and area around it, into a comfortable gathering place for friends.

We're on a dead-end street, surrounded by trees, with a few spread-out neighbors...but just 1/2 mile up the road is the shopping hub of the entire upstate area.  Target, Walmart, Lowes, Petsmart, you name it...just 5 minutes away.  Yet we feel as if we're isolated in the country.  It truly is the best of both worlds!

We don't have much furniture, we're surrounded by boxes, and we have a lot of painting to do...but we're thankful to be here!  Listening to the birds singing and watching the colorful leaves drift slowly to the ground, we're feeling pretty lucky.

Have a great week!

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