Now, to the left is a view of the garage. Note how you can see a washed out Pontiac Grand Am on the left side. You'll also notice some clutter in there. I'll get to that later. But let's just say, if I'm still getting up at 2 a.m. for my job, it's nice to know I won't be scraping ice off my car anymore.
It really is a wonderful thought!
To your right you'll see the view from our patio. It's really the "front" of the place, although it feels like the back to me. We really like the view and the fountain. It's very pretty (and captured by such a talented photographer; Photojournalism I, eat your heart out!) We look forward to putting some chairs out on the patio and having a nice, cold drink.
This is more or less a reverse view of the patio. As you can see, we need to do some major weeding. We'll get to that in a week or. Anne's the one with the green thumb...and I know she's looking forward to playing around back there (and getting some help from her mom). Better them than me.
Upon entering through the garage, the first place you'll see is the kitchen. The door you see at the top there goes to the garage. It was just a little easier to take the picture facing this way to give you an idea of what the kitchen looks like.
I'm going to point out a couple details that I like about the kitchen. The first is this little breakfast bar. Wait...that sounds so unsophisticated. How 'bout nook? Yes, yes...that sounds much more sophisticated. The breakfast nook. Ignore the fact that one of the chairs is a little taller than the others.
YOU DON'T SEE THAT.
The next favorite feature is a childhood dream. My very own water and ice dispenser. Oh, how long I've thirsted for instant ice and instantly cold water. It needs a little scrubbing. We'll take care of it, don't worry.
If you do a 180-degree turn at the breakfast nook, yes, NOOK, you'll see the living room. This is where we'll put our couch, recliner, and TV. Notice the little fireplace on the right side? It lights up with a switch. I'm pretty sure Batman built this place.
Only Batman would think of something as cool as that.
Just a gratuitous shot of the fireplace. It really is a nice touch. The condo was built in 1998. That mantle was not part of the original plan. The previous homeowner added it and he's very proud of his work. Just thought I'd mention that.
It's hard to see in the other pictures, but the place is wired for surround sound. I didn't snap photos of them, but there are places in the walls for rear surround sound speakers. You connect them through this little socket. The wiring is already run, I believe. That makes life a lot easier.
If you look out the window on the right side of the living room, this is what you'll see. I find it very tranquil.
Again, we have some work to do with the patio. Thankfully, Anne is quickly becoming an accomplished gardener. Folks, she's our only hope.
This is the hall from the living room to the den. We're not 100% sure what we're going to do with this room, but Anne wants to make it a place for me to play in. That probably means a television, a computer, and maybe some kind of furniture.
Geez...I right-justified way too many of these pictures. I beg your forgiveness. I'm not exactly great at laying out beautiful-looking blog entries.
It was very hard to get a good picture of either the "den" or the spare bedroom downstairs. You're missing out on the scale of the room. It's pretty big, even though it doesn't look like it here. I don't have a wide-angle lens on my camera, so this was the best I could do.
This is the spare bedroom downstairs. We'll probably put a daybed in here. Again, it's hard to get a scope of its size because I couldn't get a good angle in the room. One notable feature here is the window shade. It opens from either the top or bottom, which is nice. The room also gets very dark when the shade goes up all the way. Since I work at night, I imagine I'll take quite a few naps in this room.
The nice thing about this spare bedroom is that it has a full bathroom with a shower stall as well as its own walk-in closet. It'll be nice for storage and for guests as well.
Hey, why we're talking about bathrooms, why not look at this one? It's the half bathroom that's kind of across from the breakfast nook. It has the current distinction of being the only bathroom that I've used so far.
Let's head upstairs, shall we?
I'm not going to spend time on each of these pictures. All of these come from the MASSIVE walk-in closet that serves the upstairs bedroom, henceforth to be referred to as the master suite. You'll see shoe racks, wire baskets, and plenty of places to hang clothes. Anne and are I contemplating putting our dressers inside this closet. It's really that big.
Here's a look at the master suite. I took a couple pictures to try to give you a good idea how it looks. In this particular picture, you can see the door to the bathroom (it's the dark door on the left side). I took this picture from the back right corner of the room.
This is another view of the master suite. I took this one from the middle left of the room. The white half-wall you see covers the stairs.
Another view of the master suite. I took this one pretty close to the top of the stairs.
This is the upstairs bathroom. I guess you'd call it the master bathroom. It's quite large and has quite an echo to it, something that drives Anne bonkers.
I find it perfect for yodeling. The size of this bathroom dwarfs the size of the downstairs bathroom, which in turn dwarfs the size of the little bathroom here at our apartment. Consider us well pleased with this whole deal. Bonus points if you've spotted my elbow.
For all you homeowners out there, this linen closet isn't a big deal. However, when your linen closet is also full of board games, appliances, miscellaneous Star Wars toys, an empty Xbox 360 package, dishes, and other unimagineable odds n' ends, a dedicated linen closet is a godsend. Especially if your name is Anne.
Okay, we've magically transported back downstairs and left the kitchen. We're looking at the garage. There is a lot of stuff still here from the previous homeowner. I don't even know what half of it is (do I see a vacuum cleaner in there?). We've been assured the stuff will be gone within a week or so.
Ah, plenty of places for me to hang all my tools. And by all my tools I mean that all-in-one screwdriver, hammer, nail, and tape measure set my dad got me for Christmas a few years back. Anyway, if we get garden tools or have things to hang, we'll have a place to do it.
I also really like these. We don't have a lot of hardware or WD-40 lying around the house, but when we acquire that stuff, we'll have a lot of cabinet space to put it. The previous homeowner installed these with a friend. I really like them.
Keys are so like 20th century! Who needs a house key when you can punch in a super-secret code to enter your home? The only folly in that logic would be if you locked the door to the kitchen. While you'll be able to play in the garage in that case, you won't be able to actually enter the house without a Chuck Norris-style roundhouse kick.