We currently live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with about 2200 square feet and a big, fenced in backyard. We knew immediately that there would not be options like this at the beach for the price we paid for this house in Edgecombe County. However, we also know that a fenced-in yard and an area for the kids toys were two things we can't sacrifice.
Then we went back and forth about renting or buying before realizing that a mortgage and a rental payment at the coast were almost equal. Not to mention finding someone to rent us a house with our giant chocolate lab in tow would be quite the task.
We also immediately decided that a condo or apartment was out of the question considering the amount of yard we'll need for Sookie, the trampoline, and the swing set.
Once those decisions were made, I started searching Zillow and other coastal realty sites trying to find our new home. I sent Josh a few links and that is when I made a discovery, my husband is a beach house snob. He thinks every beach house needs to be as awesome as the giant ones we stay in for just a week every summer.
Josh not only wants the big things that we need like storage space, a fenced-in yard, and a play area for Sawyer (and Brody one day too), but he also wants the house to...
1. "look like a beach house"
He doesn't want brick. He wants siding or shingles. He doesn't want it to sit flat on the ground. He wants big porches and lots of steps.
2. have an open floor plan
He wants to be able to be in the dining room, living room, and kitchen all at the same time. I might sound strange, but I actually don't love this concept. While I like a semi-open plan, I also don't like furniture floating out in open space, I like a defined area.
4. have a view of "some kind of water"
He actually said "I mean it doesn't have to be on the water, but I want the sound or the ocean to be RIGHT THERE by the house".
So, I took a page from one of my favorite HGTV shows, Property Brothers and sent him a listing that had every single one of the things he wants....
Needless to say, we won't be purchasing it.
Pray for us as we try to find somewhere to live and pray extra hard that we can actually sell our amazing house in Tarboro (read more about the house here: laurenhedmondson.blogspot.com)