It’s been a long wait, but my new house is finished! We put in an offer since May 2018, before the builder even broke ground. The real estate market in Seattle and surrounding areas has been crazy in recent years.
We took a chance with buying this house based on a similar model home. The lot layout and size was perfect, which meant it was going to sell fast. Many of the new construction homes sold out fast, so we had to be quick with getting our offer accepted.
We really like the location of this home. It’s about forty-five minutes north of Seattle.
We love the convenience of being close to a major city without actually having to live in the city. I’m glad to be away from all the traffic, homelessness and drug problems in Seattle. My husband and I work from home, so commuting isn’t an issue.
We have the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound nearby, which is nice for outdoor activities. I really enjoy hiking during the spring, going to the lake during summer, and visiting the mountains in winter.
The kids new school district is highly rated, so that was a huge selling point for us. I like that their new school is smaller and has more of a small town feel.
Northwest Contemporary Style
The style of our new home is called Northwest Contemporary. The emphasis is on big windows and lots of natural light. The design is minimal with clean lines, neutral colors and stone accent.
The floor plan is very open without the traditional formal living room and dining room. All the rooms flow together, so it does take getting used to.
Open Floor Plan
I really like the bright semi private foyer area. It’s nice for guests to come inside without awkwardly having everyone look.
The nice thing about buying a brand new construction, is the option to customize. We upgraded the stairway to all iron rod balusters instead of the default half wall. Our interior home design is very minimalistic, so the iron railing added a level of elegance. Also, it’s such a timeless and classic look!
At the top of the stairs is my favorite room in the house to relax. Since we don’t have a formal living room, there’s a big open loft area to escape to. It’s so inviting and there’s even a view of the Olympic Mountains and ocean from the side window. We plan to add some couches and a tv for the kids to hang out.
Open Concept Kitchen
The kitchen was what made me fall in love with the house. I love to cook at home and there’s plenty of space to prep. There’s also a huge walk in pantry to store groceries and bulk items from Costco. I don’t have to use the garage for food storage anymore.
For the kitchen design, we decided on white quartz countertops and dark Shaker style cabinets. It’s such a nice contrast! To add some sophistication to the kitchen, we went with a subway tile backsplash that looked like marble.
The island is so perfect for entertaining! It’s large enough to comfortably fit four stools. I like that there’s plenty of room to sit and walk around the island. Also, the kitchen sink is one big basin. It’s so easy to soak and wash large pots and pans.
Minimalist Dining Room
The dining room flows into the kitchen. It’s spacious and bright with the oversized sliding door. The dining room design is very minimalist. There’s no fancy crown molding or door and window trim. The baseboards are simple with a nice clean look.
The Great Room
The living room or family room is commonly called a great room in newer homes. It’s a giant space that’s connected to the dining room and kitchen. We upgraded to all hardwood floors and it looks so chic! Love that the fireplace is simple, which will make the decor on the mantle stand out. I plan to put an area rug in the living room to make it more cozy.
I know an open floor plan is not for everyone. It takes strategic placement of furniture and decor to create separation of rooms. Some people prefer to have actual walls between each room. We love to entertain and having a huge open space makes it more practical.
Our new house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an upstairs loft. That’s plenty of space for everyone to spread out and have some privacy.
I’m excited to start decorating our home. I recently discovered Wayfair and it has exceeded my expectations. I use to go to Ikea a lot, but it’s over an hour drive and packing the furniture in our car is a pain.
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