The name, the White Lake House, actually refers to the road the house is on. The house is not on a lake, like the name might imply, but it stuck because that was how we referred to the house when we were going through our house-hunting process. In a three-month period, we viewed nearly sixty houses and lost five offers (technically, four offers because we missed our chance to submit an offer by one measly hour) before we discovered this one. Whenever we found a house we wanted to view and started talking about it, we would name it for the street it was on so we could keep track. After seeing 10+ houses a day every week, it became impossible to differentiate between them by calling them “the blue house”, “the house with the tiny yard”, “the old house” or “the really, really old house.”
After so many disappointing losses, when we saw the White Lake House come on the market, my immediate reaction was, “This house is too nice for us. We’ll never get it. Someone else will swoop in, offer more than asking price just like the other houses before, and we’ll go through this heartbreak all over again.” Our realtor had even set up a showing for us to see it that week and we canceled because we were completely burned out from searching.
When it was still on the market the following week, we figured we might have a chance and went to see it. As soon as we pulled into the driveway, we fell in love with the beautiful, secluded lot full of mature oak trees and the gorgeous wraparound porch.
We walked through the house quickly, checking only for any major structural issues. I was convinced we would find something seriously wrong, but when we didn’t, we wanted to put an offer in immediately. We had a couple of other showings scheduled for the day, so we opted to see the rest of the houses, just in case we were let down once again. But the sellers accepted our offer, and the rest went smoothly from there for the very first time.
We had an opportunity to meet the sellers of the house when they returned home during our inspection. They were a sweet older couple that needed to relocate to a house that required less maintenance. They built the house in 1968, where they spent 48 happy years, raising their four children here. It originally featured four bedrooms, but they turned one of the bedrooms into a large bathroom and hall closet when two of their kids went off to college.
It’s a little blurry due to poor lighting. This photo was taken circa 1980s before the wraparound porch was put on. What a difference that porch makes to the entire facade of the house!
The house now features three bedrooms, one full bathroom, and one half bathroom downstairs. All are in great condition; just in need of our own personal touches to make it our own. Pinterest has been an incredible inspiration for small changes we can make to update each room, and I will certainly share my tentative ideas soon.
The Pink Room – Before
The Green Room – Before
The Blue Room (our bedroom) – Before
Large upper bath – Before
Large upper bath – Before
Lower half bath – Before
Family Room with Fireplace – Before
Kitchen – Before
Breakfast Nook – Before
After we closed on the house on June 18th, we discovered our original list of “Wants” and “Needs” and were pleasantly surprised to find that the White Lake House not only matched almost all of our requirements, but exceeded them. Although we had a couple of near misses with houses we almost settled for just because the house-hunting process was beginning to drive us insane, we found our dream house and couldn’t be happier. Everything truly happened for a reason and worked out wonderfully.
I can’t wait to share my ideas for each room. We plan on taking our time, budgeting and doing a lot of research before jumping into any projects. I almost enjoy the anticipation of waiting to see what new ideas I might come across before starting a project. It’s great to not feel like we’re in a temporary space anymore, like the apartment. It just felt so pointless to make any changes or updates to a space that we would inevitably have to undo and abandon, but in the White Lake House, we have the rest of our lives to grow into this space and I want to enjoy every minute of it.