We were talking about a new house, Neil said this one was old and we should get a new one built. He was saving money had stocks and when they hit a certain amount we would cash them in and it would be about half a house and get a mortgage for the other half. OK sounds good. I didn't want to live in a house where the roof leaks down the walls, the basement is cinder block and its caving in, the basement filled with water, the windows were so old and let in cold air, and there was no insulation left to speak of. I never knew it then but I tell everyone now, don't live in your mother in laws house. I like my Mother in law...we don't have a lot in common but I like her. But every time she comes here she wants to move stuff back to how she had it and she just puts stuff there. Its annoying I want stuff where I put it. And its gotta be hard for her seeing it different then she had it. So don't do it. But I didn't have anyone tell me that before we got married so here I am 11 years later.
After we had been talking about what we wanted in a house and stuff for a while, we even looked at a few plans, then Neil told his dad and his dad said well that's no good, a new house on a farm never raises property value. Well I was quite annoyed but not knowing them like I do now and so not being as confident to say what I think around them I didn't say much. But on the way home I told Neil I planned on living here for 20 or 30 years still, I wasn't worried about property values. He said he was planning on that too. But it made an impact on him anyways and so we put it off. Then cow prices went down and we didn't have a lot of extra money and we got used to living in this house.
About 7 years ago we got a new well, we woulda needed it new hose or not so that was good, then about 5 years ago, we got the roof reshingled, they did a good job and it didn't leak! Yay! that was nice but there was a whole lot of water that had leaked in the house from before and I wanted to tear off the ceiling and fix it, cause I'm sure there was mold there so I started tearing off the worst marked tiles and then I went away for a scrap booking weekend and Neil was so proud that he replaced them. Well I wasn't happy and mentioned it, never mind they don't make the big tiles anymore and he used a smaller size and it looked stupid. We also got a sewer pipe replaced that went outside, and last summer we only had water to the toilet and bathroom sink. That was real handy. We spent most of the summer showering down at the local campground...which has real nice showers actually.
Then all this going on and Neil said we need to get a plumber and he might as well replace all our plumbing. I said I think we should rethink this new house, cause its already been a roof, now plumbing, pretty soon sewer, and the basement walls, then the windows and new siding...... Well he didn't say anything and whatever, I know he needs time to think about stuff and make it his own idea. Well in Aug last summer we went to Fort St John to visit my aunt and on the way home we stopped in Red Deer and he said we should look at some houses. YAY!!!! So we looked a a lot of them, from the big, no huge, ones to the smaller mobile home looking ones. We decided on a ready to move (RTM) that they had on the lot there, we really liked it. The people in there were super friendly and helpful but we were not ready to buy right away.
So we go home and I go for the weekend to the threshing and when I come home, he had the plumber out and he just did a temporary fix and made all our water work. That was nice to come home and get to have a shower at home. So we were decided, we didn't want to get it in the winter so we planned on going in the spring and ordering it for summer. Then I hurt myself in February and so that was out so by the time we went in a decided on everything we wanted and the saleslady in Brooks was so slow (and it was branding season so we never got down as much as we wanted) we finally ordered the house and its coming October 10th. Super excited!!!!!!
I got a few pics of the stuff going in, the rest will have to be a surprise until it gets here :)
(the outside...sorta. we have black trim, and different windows,
and the bottom under the deck will match the siding,
but this was the model on the lot)
(the floor plan, we are facing the bottom part to the lawn)
(the color of the cupboards, its licorice)
(the counter top is the laminate, and the back splash will be the white subway
tiles with a row of the glass after 3 tile rows)
(and the lino, they discontinued this one so we got the same sort of pattern
with wider boards and knot holes, I actually like it better)
(and we plan on a garage but not till next summer, and we were deciding on size
so I just drew up a quick plan, looks like 30X32)
I didn't get pics of the carpet, its just a plain light grey, for the main bedroom, one spare bedroom and the living room. The walls are owl grey and the trim is white. The siding is Harvest slate with black soffits and eaves and trim. I'm super excited, stuff is starting to come together, the 17th the guy is coming to put the pilings in and then we are getting the backhoe guy the say after to dig in the water and sewer lines, a septic tank and a cistern.....Oh ya we are having town water :) We talked to the electrician and he figures easy to move power and phone lines from old house and they now run them right under the house rather than bery them so that easy, after the house is here he will come do that and hook everything up.