House Hunting (or not)

I owe y’all a little update. As you may know, Craig and I are trying to get out of our tiny condo and into a home with more space and a yard for him to get back to gardening, one of his passions. We’re looking for something that needs updating so we can get our hands dirty with some DIY. Right now the market isn’t spectacular and therefore the inventory sucks. This means that what we’re finding really isn’t what we’re interested. In addition, our financing isn’t what we would like.

Where does this leave us? Well, as you may remember, I went through a short sale on my condo a few years ago when the market tanked. It was, and still is actually, worth a third of what I bought it for and I knew that there was no way I would ever come out from under it so I took advantage of the governmental forgiveness and went through with a short-sale. The good news is that my credit is already well on it’s way to a full recovery. The bad news is that I’m still around 8 months out before I’m in the buyers zone once again.

So, it looks like we’re going to have to stick with where we are for now. I’m hoping that this fall the market will be a bit better which means there will be more inventory and therefore a better selection of homes we can afford. Until then we’re still paying down our debt and saving for our down-payment on our future home. I wish there were more ways to DIY our current living situation but there’s not a whole lot we can do right now.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we sort all this out. Especially since we’re going stir-crazy in our tiny condo. We need the peace to make it another 8-12 months. I know that in the long-run this is what is best for us but when you’re in the thick of it all it can feel overwhelming. I am a little excited about having another summer right on 1st street though. It’s kinda nice to be right in the middle of the action. I’ll be sure to keep y’all posted with any updates.

Just for fun I’m leaving you with a few pictures of what 175k will buy you in my neck of the woods. I have to remember when we’re out searching that we’re paying for location but I tell ya it’s a disaster zone, folks. Lots of properties that were used as rentals, practically destroyed, and then on the market as-is. Sad part is that someone will pay close to the asking price. Please notice the unfinished bathroom, out-dated kitchen, and rooms with no trim, doors, or baseboards. Needless to say we will definitely have a fixer-upper on our hands when we do make a purchase. To be honest, I’m rather excited about the possibility to make it a reflection of ourselves. I’m just not super excited about the price tag.


HGTV Dream Home 2013

Okay y’all… who’s entering to win the HGTV Dream Home? This year the home is located in Kiawah, South Carolina. For those that are not familiar, HGTV builds a dream home each year stocked with architectural details that will make you swoon.

They use the home to show off new building techniques and demonstrate fabulous interior design options that you can duplicate in your own home. In addition to it being a show house, they have a drawing you can enter once a day to win the home and other prizes. I’m sharing with you some beautiful pictures by world-class photographer Eric Perry so you may have a chance to fall in love with this home like I have.

Take a look at the front porch, don’t you just want to walk up and make yourself at home?

Who wouldn’t want to come home to this every day? The home is built on “stilts” which allows for a garage and storage and playroom beneath. In addition to the space saving benefits the home becomes much more “hurricane proof” with the ability for storm surge to flow underneath while the main house remains high and dry.

Come through the front door and you’re greeted by a lovely foyer with staircase heading to the upstairs bedrooms and a fabulous powder room for guests. Straight down the hallway and you have the open-space kitchen, dining room, and great room overlooking the back yard marsh with the master bedroom on the main floor. Some of my favorite details are the stripes and sconces in the powder room…

The staircase treads and that beautiful wood and white railing…

The amazing shower in the master bedroom…

The open floor-plan of the great room and loft balcony above…

And the outside railing capped in teak that matches the interior.

The outside decking is made of garapa wood which is incredibly weather resistant and well suited to the south. Here is a picture of the outside lap pool that is built into the second story and overlooks the marsh.

On the other side of the outside deck is a private space by the master bedroom.

Another amazing detail inside the home is the overhead beams…

Here you can see down the hallway upstairs through the loft and notice the beams above.

So, tell me, are you entering to win? What are your favorite parts of the dream home? Maybe it’s not even your style. Maybe you aren’t into southern lowcountry design. If you are interested be sure to read over the rules. You have through February 15th to enter to win. I’ve set a reminder on my calendar to enter every day, that’s how much I want to win this home!

The grand prize includes: