Sunday, May 22, 2016

House Hunting- Craftsman With Perfect Yard

As mentioned in my last post From My Front Porch To Yours is moving!:) We have been house hunting for three years now and have seen quite a few homes. 

Home Styles- From My Front Porch To Yours
Here is the criteria we went off of when house hunting. It was a must for us to come up with a list to make sure Mr. Front Porch and I were on the same page. Some were non negotiable and others were items we just have always wanted. This move is not mandatory so that means the house needed to make us want to move. 

1. Same/Shorter Commute for Mr. Front Porch.
2. Better Schools or at least equivalent.
3. Half an Acre + lot size.
4. 4 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms
5. Game Room
6. Swimming Pool
7. Open Concept Kitchen
8. Less than 5 toilets to clean. We have 5 now and I HATE it!
9. Wood Floors Thru Out 
10. Detached 3 Car Garage
11. Front Porch capable of Rocking Chairs/Swing
12. Farmhouse Sink
13. Wood Beams
14. Island Kitchen
15. Fenced Yard
16. Outdoor Fireplace/Fire Pit
17. Trees
18. Fireplace in Living Room
Home Styles-Craftsman- From My Front Porch To Yours
The first home I am going to share with you all is a beautiful Craftsman that sits on an acre size lot, fully fenced with a ton of trees. It has a three car garage but it was not detached and no swimming pool.
Craftsman-Arched Front Door-Home Styles- From My Front Porch To Yours
I loved the arched front door! It reminded me of a fairy tale house. Beautiful hand scraped wood floors but only in the dining and living room.
Home Styles-Craftsman-Wood Beams-Rustic Living Room- From My Front Porch To Yours
Wood beams and a jaw dropping first impression when you walk into the home. Plus an amazing stone fireplace!

Home Styles-Wood Beams-Rock Fireplace-Rustic Home- From My Front Porch To Yours

Home Styles-Master Bathroom-Craftsman-Wood Beams- From My Front Porch To Yours
More wood beams in the master bath and a walk thru shower. This home had 2.5 baths which was perfect.
Home Styles-Craftsman- Kitchen-Wood Beams- From My Front Porch To Yours
The kitchen was not really open concept.
Home Styles-Kitchen Island-Shaker Cabinets-Copper Sink- From My Front Porch To Yours
It did though have a spacious island and farmhouse sink.
Home Styles-Rustic Kitchen-Craftsman Kitchen- From My Front Porch To Yours

Craftsman-Home Styles-Shaker Cabinets- From My Front Porch To Yours

Home Styles-Keeping Room-Wood Beams- Craftsman- From My Front Porch To Yours
Off of the kitchen was a keeping room.
Home Styles-Craftsman-Outdoor Fireplace- From My Front Porch To Yours
Outside was a small covered patio with a built in grill and fireplace.

So let's go back over our list so you can see how this beautiful home stacked up.

1. Same/Shorter Commute for Mr. Front Porch.- Less than 15 minutes to work. He has about a 45 minute commute now.
2. Better Schools or at least equivalent.- Schools scored better
3. Half an Acre + lot size.- Check
4. 4 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms- Only 3 bedrooms
5. Game Room-Check
6. Swimming Pool- No pool
7. Open Concept Kitchen- Not really open concept kitchen
8. Less than 5 toilets to clean.- Only 2.5 baths
9. Wood Floors Thru Out- Carpet in bedrooms and on stairs 
10. Detached 3 Car Garage- 3 car garage but not detached
11. Front Porch capable of Rocking Chairs/Swing- Plenty of room for some rocking chairs.
12. Farmhouse Sink- Copper One
13. Wood Beams- Could not asked for more!
14. Island Kitchen- Plenty big!
15. Fenced Yard- Could not have asked for a better yard!
16. Outdoor Fireplace/Fire Pit- Check
17. Trees- Lots of trees
18. Fireplace in Living Room- Amazing Stone Fireplace

**Note some of the pictures in my post I took on my own and others are from the MLS listing. Since some of the homes have not closed I am not going to share the link to the homes.**


  1. Beautiful home! I prefer carpet in the bedrooms for softness and it's quiet. You can of course add a pool. Can't wait to see more!

  2. Beautiful home. This is a great way to approach buying a home. I'm with you on wanting wood floors throughout out home. We have always had that because our home have always been homes built in the 30s. We like to use oriental carpets over the wood floors. I'm with you on limiting the bathrooms. We have three, and that's plenty! '-) Good luck!

  3. I love that home and would prefer that kitchen to a great room open concept type like we now have. It's the reason I want to sell after 5 years. With that keeping room, it really is a better set up. And I'm wondering if there is a room that you can convert to a bedroom easily? It's just too lovely to pass up.

  4. This one is very pretty as well and does seem to hit alot more of your check marks. The kitchen seems fairly open to me. It has a keeping room that is fabulous and that porch. You've done it before you can always add another pool!

  5. As you know.... you can add that pool!


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