After getting married, we were eager to buy our first home. We looked at some houses around Greensburg, Pa., before visiting a Ryan Homes show house and talking with their team about building a new home. A few conversations later, we were sold. By July 2012, we were the proud owners of a “Florence” in a fledgling subdivision called “Grandview Estates.” (How something could be called “estates” when it was just two streets of average sized lots, I will never know.)
Over five years, we:
- Painted virtually every room in the house.
- Installed a paver stone border around our front flower bed.
- Hired someone to install a stone patio and some surrounding landscaping.
- Added a tile back splash in the kitchen (thanks to my handy aunt).
- Turned a boring empty bedroom into a nursery.
- Added board and batten to our mini hallway (Young House Love tutorial).
- Dug new flower beds and planted trees (This was all Chris).
- Almost had California Closets install cabinets and a counter top in our home office, but decided against it, mainly due to price. Then we almost hung some sleek white IKEA cabinets, but we were too inept.
First House Tour
Leaving that house was bittersweet. I cried a lot.
The last time we all walked through the house totally empty, I stood in the hallway at Kate’s door and bawled. We had a tight family hug, and then we said goodbye.