We bought our home about a decade ago from my wife’s grandparents who were retiring out of state. We thought it would be just a first home for us, but we decided we really like it here. It is on rural land, and it has lots of acreage and a big pond. I spend entire Saturdays mowing, but it is very worth it. The house needed a few upgrades from when it was built, and we got it all done including fancy custom orange county shutters that go on the inside of the windows instead of the outside. You use them to replace the need for blinds and draperies. We like the open look. There is nothing blocking the wonderful country light when you swing them open out of the way in the morning. They also offer great privacy at night. You can open and close the louvered slats to let just the right amount of light in, or you can close them to keep the interior of your home private.
We had our first child in this home, and now we have a third one on the way. We added on a closed-in porch and an addition to have two more bedrooms. We are now the proud owners of a five-bedroom home. We could not have afforded a place like this if it were not for the generous deal my wife’s grandparents made us on this house. They must have known we would like it here and want to stay. There is so much potential still open for this house. We are in the process of building a big deck out back. We are doing most of the work ourselves. I get contractors to do work we cannot do or do not feel confident doing. We are enjoying our rural home in ways we never thought we would.