|My older three kids plus their cousin, D!|
We had hoped for a one-story home, but with the layout of this house, we don't mind two stories at all. The stairs lead to an open "balcony" hallway that looks down to the front of the house on one side, and the living room on the other side. The openness makes it Deaf-friendly and toddler-friendly since we can easily see each other from either level.
Another detail I enjoy about this home is the location of the kitchen and breakfast area. The kitchen is not open to the living room, which I always thought I preferred. There is simply an open doorway from the living/dining room into the kitchen. The kitchen is a nice size with a bar that separates the breakfast nook. This nook has become our school room. It's perfect! We have huge floor-to-ceiling windows that look out back and toward the front door. The walls are golden-yellow, so it's bright and cheery. It's hidden away enough from the rest of the house, that I have been covering the walls with school posters, maps, dry-erase board and art. I spend so much time in the kitchen anyway, it's nice to have the school room and kitchen together. It's like my own office space!
The square-footage of this house is just right. We were a tad tight in the apartment, but it wasn't too bad. Our Highland Village house was a bit too much in both square-footage and landscaped yard. This house is just what we need.
We've met a lot of our neighbors, (almost all of the neighbors who share the cup-de-sac) and they are fabulous! We have super-sweet empty-nesters on either side of us. There are a few families with kids in the Brownies' age-range and they've already had a great time playing for hours.
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