After 16 months in our current PMQ, we’re moving to another PMQ on the other side of the base housing.
I won’t bore you with the details surrounding what prompted this, but I will say that we are thrilled with the development!It was long overdue and will definitely usher in a few changes for us. We’ll most likely be at our current posting for another couple of years, but it won’t likely be long enough to save for and buy a house and move, so we’re looking for a PMQ that will see us through until our next posting – it looks like we’ve got one! This PMQ has been a great starter, but we need a change.
We were offered three PMQs to chose from, all of them were semi detached. When we moved here last year we weren’t even given a choice!! This past week I went around and toured the Qs on offer. I took more photos of the Q we chose, but I’ve got pictures from the second choice and only one of our third choice.
Up for selection,
Our second choice was newly renovated, smaller than our current place, and on the other side of the main highway that goes past base. It had great features, but was ultimately too small for us. There was a powder room on the main floor (very nice), a galley kitchen that was detached from the living room AND the dinning room (awkward), and a living room with a fantastic window which got tons of sunlight (also very nice) all on the main floor.
The second floor had a very large bathroom with a shower, bath, and linen closet! The piece de resistance was heated floors … can you say warm tootsies?! Howevere there were only two bedrooms with slanted ceilings, and the closet in the second room was too small. Not only that, but the main floor was forced air and the second floor was baseboard heaters – makes no sense?!
The basement was mostly finished and had a little set-up for laundry with a countertop and cupboards – I WANT IT.
On the whole the house was just too small and the layout was awkward.
Our third choice – DEAD LAST – was un-renovated and smaller than our existing place with a host of other problems. The kitchen was also galley, but no logical layout (and our appliances wouldn’t have fit). The basement was horrible: the stairs into the basement let out in front of a wall rendering the rest of the space almost inaccessible (??). There were only two bedrooms, again with the slanted ceilings!? And a cellar door that I’m pretty sure lead to an evil attic with gremlins.
There WAS a garage there, and a large grassy yard. Plowing the shared driveway to make it accessible during the winter would be a bitch of a task though, and not enough to make me want to live in a poorly laid-out house. Also, not too sure about the neighbours. I didn’t even bother taking photos because it was a write-off.
Our choice is this majestic semi, nestled on a cul-de-sac with a large open backyard facing onto a fence.
The place is close to 1.5 times the size of our current place, and with a bigger basement. It hasn’t been renovated since like 1966 or something, but the possibilities are endless! After speaking with the neighbours it sounds like it will be expensive to heat in the winter, but we’ve got some energy efficient tips and tricks for use this winter.
This place has an entrance way with a stairwell that goes to all the floors. You can enter the kitchen or the living room (what we’ll be using as the dining room) and move throughout into the actual dinning room (what we’ll be using as an addendum to the dining room, but mostly as a tea room). The kitchen hasn’t been renovated, and may not fit our dishwasher, so that needs to be resolved ASAP. It will accommodate our little table and could easily fit an island. The main floor has 3 LARGE windows, and 2 other smaller ones. There will be a lot of natural light filtering through the space, and a lot of windows to insulate come winter!
The basement is large and most unfinished, but it has perfect storage space and large windows. DH will be using it as his man cave, and plans for the design and layout, as always, are up to him.
The stairwell leads up to the second floor where the ceiling are easy 15-20 feet at their peek. Can you say hello vaulted ceilings?! There’s a large window about the size of a door, in the stairwell up high. I need to figure out what to do with it, as I’m not sure if a curtain or blind is the best option. The bathroom in this place is so big that me, DH, Bruce and the two cats could have a party in there, comfortably. I’m looking forward to not being able to shower, use the toilet, and the sink at the same time. Our current bathroom is a little cramped in case you couldn’t tell.
The bedrooms all have very high ceilings, and outrageously outdated light fixtures. Good for me though, I can easily implement our fixtures in the space.
Half the house has exposed brick walls, which will add a new dimension to the aesthetic. The front entrance has prison-like bars as a guard rail (quirky?). There’s even an accordion door between the two rooms on the main floor, which CFHA won’t remove unless it breaks.
This house is different, and is presenting us with a host of design challenges/opportunities which I look forward to meeting head-on!
I’ll let you all know once the papers are signed and we have our move date set!