The new house

We had the opportunity to get back into the new house and take a few photos.  Here they are for your perusal!  (I'll be back with plans and dreams for each room soon!)

Welcome to the new place:
I love the porch with its barrel ceiling and flagstone steps, the working shutters, all the trees....
Most of the first floor has gorgeous cherry flooring and crown molding.  
Right inside the front door is the formal living room.  The carpet needs to be replaced, but for now I'll hit it with my carpet cleaner.  The piano and a wardrobe-turned-coat-closet will go in here. 
The living room opens to a slightly oddly placed, but much appreciated butler's pantry.  I've always wanted one of those!  
The butler's pantry connects through to the family room.  More gorgeous hardwoods, crown moldings, built-ins, fireplace, and french doors to the screened porch.  Keith says a ceiling fan has to stay in here (and he is the coolest guy ever, so I'm giving him this one) - any suggestions for an inexpensive but attractive one?  
White cabinets, mexican tile floors....
...huge windows....
...granite counters, shutters.....
....papered ceiling.  Love it all.  
The kitchen and breakfast room open to the dining room, which is also right across the foyer from the formal living room.  More hardwoods, woodwork, shutters.
Here's the basic (not-to-scale) layout to give you an idea how it all fits together.
Upstairs landing.  The carpet is in bad shape, so it will have to go.  We're excited (me) and a little freaked out (Keith) to try this.
 The master bedroom.  
Doors to the master bath/closet.
Marble tile, beadboard.
Second bedroom.  There's a bathroom attached, but I don't have a photo.
 Gus and Lula's new room....

....and bathroom.  There are 4.5 bathrooms in this house - amazing for potty training, right? :)
Second floor plan.  Again, not to scale.
Stairs down to the basement.  Beadboard!
It's a drive-in garage/basement, but the previous owners stained the concrete floors, drywalled and painted, painted the ceiling and duct work black.  Our office will be down here, and we'll make space for a playroom for Gus and Lula.

There's even a bathroom!  

We are beyond thankful for God's provision for our family.  When we set out to downsize our mortgage payments, we never ever imagined that God would provide us with such a gorgeous, spacious, all-around wonderful home.  It's crazy to think that the payments on the new house will be less than half our current payments - God is so good!
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