Hi Friends! Look who’s blogging again!
I thought it was high time I checked back in on the old blog to give you all an update on what’s been going on with the Heard family. We are all doing great – happy, healthy, and enjoying spring with our favorite one year old. We’ve seen a lot of change over the past year, but the biggest change by far was a cross-country move from Arkansas to Colorado!
Stephen accepted a new job in the Denver area last fall, so we packed up our house, moved into a rental near his new company, and put our house in Arkansas on the market (in that order). We spent the fall hiking every weekend, making friends, and generally diving in to life in Colorado. Luckily, our old home sold quickly, so this spring we started looking for a new place to call home in a ‘burb south of Denver.
Let me tell you, the real estate market out here is crazy! For 2-3 months we looked at homes the day they came on the market, usually in the company of more than one other buyer, and wrote offers above list price only to be beat out by even higher bids. Our realtor and I saw our new house while Stephen was in Japan for work, and I had to make the offer without him because we knew it would be gone by the time he got back.
We closed on our home (we’re calling it Heardmont II) in March and have been slowly moving in and making it feel like home. The DIY projects were few and far between all winter, but I have a list to tackle this summer, assuming baby girl keeps on being a good napper!
Here’s a quick tour of how the home looked when we saw it for the first time.
The main level of the house consists of the front living room, dining room and eat-in kitchen. We didn’t know how we’d use the formal living room at first, but it has become a library/play room and is where we spend most of our time during the day.
Our new kitchen has about twice the cabinet space as our old one. It’s so nice to be able to spread out!
The kitchen overlooks the covered back deck and sunken family room.
(Can you say BLUE?!)
Behind the den is a small laundry area and half bath along with doors leading to the garage and unfinished basement.
Upstairs are two kids bedrooms and a full bath.
And up a few more stairs is the master bedroom and bath with our own private deck and views of the Rockies!
This view was what sold us on the house!
There are things that we’d love to change immediately but will have to wait (like the exterior color scheme) and others that we tackled the first week (like swapping out window treatments), but overall we’re loving our new home.
I hope you’ll read along as I share how we’re DIY-ing our second house into a home. I’ll be back soon to share a few projects we’ve tackled so far!
First Photo: © Meredith Heard
Second Photo: © Meredith Heard
Other Photos: © REcolorado