The photo above is not of our new house (we won't know what house we're moving into until sometime in December) but fingers crossed we will actually be moving into a house that is very similar and from the same new build suburb as this little beauty. The thought of living in a new build house excites me more than words can say. It's been a dream of mine for the longest time and the fact that it is (99% sure) finally happening is the biggest breath of fresh air for me.
For someone who has always lived in houses more than 10 years old (usually much older) with mould problems, plumbing issues, etc., to finally live in a house that is pretty much brand new with no known issues at all is actually kind of liberating. I don't mean to sound like a spoiled brat - I know that living in older houses isn't that bad at all, but if I am in a position to live in a new build home than I am damn well going to do so and enjoy every minute of it!
I've had my taste of new build luxury when babysitting for different families and living at the Uni for 6 months, and I'd be lying if I said that I didn't notice a difference in how these surroundings uplifted my mood. The best way I can describe it is that when you live in an older house that has an out-dated kitchen and bathroom in particular, I personally find myself unmotivated to constantly keep the place clean as to me the existing signs of aging of the house already make the place feel "dirty". It's like, sometimes I look at the mould build up in the shower and question whether it's new mould or if the tiles already looked like that. Do you feel me? Then, when I'm staying in a new build home for babysitting or whatever, I find myself not only dancing around the house in wonder of its beauty, but also enjoying simple tasks such as taking a shower, using the kitchen to prepare food, or wait for it - keeping the place clean! Staying in a new build house actually compels me to be a domestic goddess!
Some of the new build perks that I am looking forward to:
- Pulling up into the driveway of a home that looks as immaculate as the one in the photo you see above. I mean, just look at that well kept garden and that gorgeous front door.
- Having secure fencing and a yard for Ellie to run around in. Also, actually having grass rather than random patches of dirt/dead grass/weeds.
- Having a covered patio area so that we can sit outside without leaves and bugs falling on us, and so Ellie can go outside to do her business even when it's raining.
- Living in a suburb that has a low crime rate. A suburb where I can go for a walk alone with Ellie without constantly having to look over my shoulder.
- Also, living in a suburb that has three off-leash dog parks, and a semi-private beach nearby. Win!
- Living in a suburb with NBN (high speed internet access) - essential for someone working from home in a rural city.
- Having a brand new (or almost brand new) kitchen and bathroom that look clean to begin with and demand that I keep them that way.
- Modern, stainless steel appliances that actually work. We're keeping our fingers crossed for a dishwasher!
- Having a double lock up garage and being able to keep BOTH of our cars out of the heat. We certainly don't get this luxury living in an apartment.
- Having ceiling fans and air conditioning in every room. Okay, so this wouldn't be a problem if we weren't moving to Townsville, but it's nice to have the option of only needing to have the aircon on in the room you're working in.
- Having two separate bathrooms, so we can both get ready in peace.
- Having our own offices, and a dedicated spare room for guests.
- Potentially having our own laundry that isn't in the bathroom!
- When you're looking for a new build home online they generally tend to upload a floor plan so you can get a better feel for the place before you view it/move in.
My only concern about living in a new build place next year is that once I've experienced this luxury for real, I may not be able to go back to living (quite as happily) the way we have up until now. Hopefully it won't be too much longer until we are purchasing our first property though, and we're fortunate that lots of new build suburbs are actually very affordable because they're usually not as close to the city centre as the more established suburbs are. We also love the idea of having a home custom built for us through a company like this one here so that we can make sure it is going to be energy efficient and to our tastes from the get go. :)
Is anyone else on the same page as me? Does living in a new build home inspire you to take pride in your surroundings?