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It feels a bit surreal to be typing this, but let me welcome each of you to my new home!
My house hunting adventure has finally ended. I now have a new home here in Pittsburgh, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it! *cue Leslie Knope dance* Today, it’s my pleasure to show you around via photos and a short video at the end of this post.
I have so much I want to tell you about this new house. I wish I could just invite you over for snacks and cocktails so we could chat about my plans and any questions you have about the space.
In order to keep this post a reasonable length, I’m only going to show you around and save discussions of needed repairs, future plans, and my current brainstorming for separate posts. Sound good? We have a lot to talk about. I hope you’re ready for all things house.
Without further ado, let me give you the Before Tour of my house!
As you can see, the house is a colonial with a mix of white siding and white painted brick. Although it has a Pittsburgh address, it’s located about 20 minutes from the city.
The house sits on two acres and has a big front yard, good-size backyard, and small wooded area out back.
The garage is underneath the house (specifically, the dining room and living room.) While the garage is considered a 2-stall, I’m calling it a 1 1/2.
The home also has a semi-finished basement. I didn’t photograph it for this post, but this is where the laundry is located. There’s also a funky wood-paneled bar and another big wood-burning brick fireplace. I’ll save that for another post.
Off the family room, there’s a small side porch. I love this porch. In fact, I’m sitting on it as I write this post. From here I currently see a bunny as well as a couple chipmunks “playing.” And there are birds singing away. It’s so peaceful. I’ve also been told that deer are often in the backyard.
Speaking of the backyard, there is a big deck on the back of the house. It was added in the 90s. It’s not my favorite thing about the house, but its unique shape is growing on me.
Now, let’s go inside through the front door.
You can head straight back to the kitchen or use the stairs to reach the second floor. If you turn left, you’ll be in the family room. Turn right and you’re in the living room.
In the living room, there’s a wood burning fireplace and big bay window.
There’s also a large opening which leads into the dining room.
Once in the dining room, a set of French doors open onto the deck. On the opposite wall, through the swinging door, is the kitchen.
From this perspective, you can see most of the kitchen. The dining room is straight ahead, and the front door of the home is to the right. There is a set of doors that lead to the deck on the left.
This is the opposite wall, which takes you back to the front of the house. The door on the right goes to the basement.
The kitchen also connects to the family room.
I’m in love with this room. The big fireplace, ceiling beams, and Dutch door (which provides access to the side porch I mentioned earlier) tugged at my heartstrings and ultimately sold me on this house.
On the back wall of this room, you’ll find a small closet and full bathroom (with shower). There’s even a wet bar behind those sliding closet doors. (You can see the kitchen peeking through next to those doors.)
That wraps up the first floor. Now let’s go upstairs.
At the top of the stairs, on the left, you’ll find the master bedroom. This room has a semi-walk-in closet and bathroom.
If you make a right at the top of the stairs, the first door on your left is the main bathroom which has a tub/shower combo and large linen closet.
Continuing down the hall, there are two bedrooms on the right, one on the left, and one at the end of the hall. (If I did my math right, that’s five bedrooms in all.)
There is also an attic, which can be accessed from pulldown stairs in the hallway.
I think that’s it! Your first look at my new place is complete!
Because I have a feeling someone may ask (A few of you did on Instagram.), I do not have specific paint colors used in this house at this moment. However, there are some paint cans lying around, so when/if I can figure out paint colors, I will be sure to share those with you.
Now, if any of that was confusing to you, I made a short video per your request. I just filmed it on my phone, so it’s nothing fancy or well-edited, but I agreed that a video walkthrough would be really helpful. You can watch that below.
I know many of you are curious about my plans and ideas. I am too! Have no fear, I will take you along every step of the way so that you can see how this house becomes my home.
And this isn’t all about me. I hope to share ideas that you can implement in your own space too. So if you have questions, want specific advice, or need more details about something, please let me know. The more we can communicate, the better journey is for all of us.
One final note: I know that naming things can be kind of annoying and weird (I get it.), but I couldn’t resist giving my new home a name. I decided to call it Bayberry House. Bayberry is a super special name to me because my late-grandparents lived on a street with that name. Before they passed, it was my intention to purchase their home. Since life has had different plans for me, naming my house is my small way of keeping that memory and other memories of them alive.
Thank you so much for being a part of my adventures. I’ve never been more excited to take you with me into a new chapter of my life. Let’s do this!
There is so much to love about this place. I’m so jealous of your 2 acres of blank canvas to garden in!
Also, my parents have the same flagstones in their entryway. Absolutely lovely spaces – congratulations!
Stunning! Can’t wait to see what you do with that bannister at Christmas!! Congratulations!
Wo2, that is one GORGEOUS house! Wishing you only the best in your new home.
Wow, what an amazing house!! I’d live there. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it. I love the slate floors in the entry and the hardwoods.
I love your new house! So excited for you and will cheering you on as you do your magic! xoxo
Gorgeous! It looks move-in ready to me, but I’m sure you have all kinds of amazing ideas. Can’t wait to see what you do to make it your home! Love the name!
Michael! Your new home is amazing!! I can’t wait to see your future in there! Congratulations!!
Oh, this is so exciting- the heartiest of Congratulations! I love seeing a house become a home and I just know that this journey you are taking us on is going to be absolutely wonderful!
Michael!!! I’m so stinkin’ excited for you! I knew you would find the perfect house for you and wow, does this one look perfect. It looks to be in great shape, I’d love to know when it was built? I’d say 50’s or 60’s? So charming and with so much blank space for you to personalize and make it your own. The porch, the family room, that huge beautiful yard, you’ve got a gorgeous space to work with! So happy for you and can’t wait to see what all you do with it!!
Congratulations, Michael!! It’s lovely already & has SO much potential. Can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas!! Enjoy every minute, and even though moving can be stressful, don’t forget to smile & be thankful every day.
Congrats Michael! Looks awesome! Can’t imagine the ideas you have brewing!!! Keep the posts coming!
Beautiful home congratulations and best of luck to you !
Oh wow, Michael. Congrats and good luck with this new venture. Will be following.
Congratulations! I am very eager to watch you turn this house into your home!
Ahhhh I have been waiting for this post!!!! So excited for you and I can not wait for all the new home posts!!! Congratulations!!!
It’s just lovely! I am so excited for you and look forward to all the fun as you make this your home. Love, love the little porch!
Thanks! The porch is one of my favorite spots.
I can not wait to see what you do with this gorgeous space!! 2 acres? Color me jealous! And I love the tribute to your grandparents – such a sweet way to really begin making this space your home.
It is a gorgeous place in a beautiful setting! And I love the sentiment behind the name!
Michael big enough to open bed & breakfast again! Love the huge opening on brick fireplace. Can’t wait to see what you do to it. Especially that huge deck area. Enjoy and congrats again!
Thank you so much, Dave! And not another B&B. Only friends and family. Haha.
Michael – I am SO happy for you and thrilled to be be part of this very exciting journey. Even though I’m following from a distance I feel like we’re going through this together, side by side. And in true Michael style – you have already made this house a home by honouring your grandparents with your thoughtfully chosen name. Well done.
This was beautiful, Victoria! Thank you so much! Excited to share more!