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Day 1 at Paradise In The Pines

Dear Diary,
These photographs were taken on my iPhone in the moments before we began to move in our belongings - the calm before the storm, if you will.
I still cannot believe this place is now ours.
We saw a turtle on the property - the first of many animal sightings. We also saw a doe and her fawn leaping through the field across the street.
My view from the front porch is stunning.

Welcome! The single-story Ranch Walk-out was built in 1994, and has really good bones.

Enter through the front door, and you'll find yourself in our open foyer. There is a formal living room, and I have the idea to turn it into a library. Also visible is the entry closet and staircase leading down to the Walk-out.

The 2-sided fireplace divides the space, and you step down into the family room. It has a much more casual feel, and we've already spent quite a bit of time here. I like the height of the vaulted ceilings.

The ground level has an open concept, which I appreciate. The kitchen, dining and family room create the long great room.

There is a dedicated pantry, desk space and a counter peninsula. We tucked the kids' stools under, and their art kits are in the lone cabinet nearby. The counter space and storage is unreal. To the right of the peninsula is access to our deck, which we've already dined on twice.

Just off the formal living room (future library) is the hall way that leads to 2 bedrooms and a guest bath. There is a closet and a built-in linen cabinet.

The guest bath is pretty standard, but incredibly functional. Behind the door is a built-in linen cabinet.

The guest bedroom is a decent size, with a large window that looks out to the front yard. There is a storage bench below the window and a standard-sized closet. We purchased a queen bed, but I plan to utilize things we already own to furnish the room.

And here is the Master suite. There is enough space in here for our king-sized bed, our 3 dressers and plenty of room leftover to create a sitting area.

Large walk-in closet

Master en suite bathroom with dual sinks, a shower and Jacuzzi tub, and another built-in linen cabinet.

I love the view.

Let's return to the "library" and venture downstairs to what we refer to as "the kids' lair." This is where their bedrooms are.

The staircase feeds into a large rec room space that is plumbed for a bar. The doors open onto a small patio.

The kids share this full bathroom.

To the left of the bathroom is Madelyn's room. It's much larger than her previous room at the tri-level, with built-in shelving and a small cabinet to store treasures. The closet has custom shelving.

Next to Madelyn's room is Landen's. These bedrooms are almost the same size and have similar features.

Also off the downstairs rec room is the laundry room and so much storage! I've since added my bins of seasonal décor to the shelving. There's an open cubby under the stair case, and I intend to keep our Christmas trees there.

Just off the patio access is a work space with so much potential. The air compressor connects up to the garage and our utilities are housed here. Our exercise equipment are currently in here, too. I envision hanging drywall to finish the room, and adding perhaps a work bench or two.

There is an attached 3-car garage, and by now, you can sense a common theme here (storage!) We've nearly doubled the size of our last house.

The 3rd stall is plenty deep, perfect for Nick's planned future truck purchase.

Here's what the back of the house looks like ...

Follow the driveway off the 3rd stall, and you'll discover the property's hidden gem.

The tree-filled backyard just off the deck & patio offers plenty of space for the kids to run around.

On the other side of the path is a small garden shed and fire pit.

But keep pressing forward, and the rest of our 10 acres opens up. There are trails that stretch throughout, perfect for hikes and exploring. I've mentioned a few times that we may need to consider a golf cart purchase or something.
And finally, the shop. Nick is excited about this!

That wraps our tour - I'm glad I was able to capture the empty rooms of our new house, before the movers placed our furniture and especially before we began to customize it to make it ours.

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