House Hunting

"It's time to find a new house," I thought to myself one day and continued the contemplation, "There are so many homes out there, how does one decide what is right, what they need and where do they start??"

And then the answer hit me, like a tonne of brick falling from a twenty story building, SHOWHOMES!!!

Not only would I get an idea of what builders are currently building, but I would get an idea of the type of features people want to see in homes they are purchasing!! Right on two birds one stone.

But when would I be able to go and when would my husband want to go, and how do we tell the children? On the weekend, Sunday seems like a good day, Husband wasn't busy so check, and well just explaining to the kids that we were going on an adventure to see what else was out there and they were all in!

Sunday came and we loaded up the car and headed out to see some show homes. We were really excited and got out two hours before any of them opened (OOPS) but we were able to explore some neighbourhoods and hubby and I got a chance to really talk about what we wanted out of a new home.

Garage

larger bedroom with a full ensuite

laundry on the same floor as the bedrooms

on a non busy street preferably a close

backing on to a green space

open concept for entertaining

a den/ office on main floor to use a guest room for my grandma (ok this is negotiable but I'd really love it!)

I have to say the first home we looked at was a Colbray Home and it took my breath away.  Some of the design features I wouldn't choose (tree wallpaper..... brick walls randomly appearing) but the layout.... OMFG I was in love and it was so well thought out!! Best style we saw all day.

This is the layout and some pictures of the Colbray home we toured, the mudroom (new must) and the walkthrough pantry that connects to the garage (so smart)!!
pictures taken from Colbray homes website not my own
pictures taken from Colbray homes website not my own

pictures taken from Colbray homes website not my own


pictures taken from Colbray homes website not my own

pictures taken from Colbray homes website not my own 

Then we saw this other house and the ensuite, yup it was my dream ensuite. It was a rent to own situation too! But ohmygod it was beautiful and backed onto a greenspace right next to a playground....so yeah really wishing I was ready to sell now!
pictures taken from realtor.ca website not my own

pictures taken from realtor.ca website not my own

pictures taken from realtor.ca website not my own

We then went through a few others and they were nice, but they just had features that I wasn't sure about.  I don't think I like the modified bilevel, I prefer a two story.  I love a walk out basement but I would be ok without one.

There are so many options out there and it's nice talking to people in the know because I feel that that will help us make a more informed decision again.  So yeah.... five year plan now we have work to do!!

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  1. I am currently looking for a new home too. My family has outgrown our small ranch house, and we want something bigger. What a great idea, taking the kids on an adventure looking for new opportunities. We have been looking at older homes, but now that I have seen that ensuite I might have to make changes to our plan.

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