20 July, 2018

How Did THIS Happen?

We found a house! We have agreed on a one-year lease and will go sign papers on August 1. So this will be a picture-blog. Although no place is ever perfect, we are both quite excited.

The doorway, obviously. Isn't it welcoming?

Inside the front door.
That table-looking thing to the left is a "fa'an" (no idea how to spell it in Vietnamese) It will be covered with cushions and blankets, for relaxing to read or watch TV. It's a luxury item in Vietnamese houses. Yes, there are flowers painted on the inset wall that holds the TV. I wouldn't have probably thought of it, but I don't mind. It adds color and life!

Ample kitchen/dining space, and a washing machine will be added beyond that glass door.

I love the stairs. That area at the top of the landing will be my workspace.
The whole upstairs has these ceilings.

My workspace, blurry.


See? All that wood!



At the far end of the hallway beyond where Brett is talking to the owner are:
  1. A large space that will serve as my yoga/meditation/reading room
  2. Brett's office - all enclosed with a solid door and everything!
  3. A would-be bathroom that will become the shower room. Both bathrooms have showers - an open shower head along the wall between the toilet and sink. Water everywhere. We just don't get it! This extra room was supposed to be a bathroom, but he changed his mind so there's nothing in it, just a drain in the floor with a place to attach a shower head. Which he will do for us.
The 3rd floor "storage" area will turn into a guest room.

View down from the 2nd floor. I love the stairs.
Did I mention I love the stairs? The owner is the architect, so everything was designed with creativity and beauty in mind. Therefore the fancy ceilings. Therefore also a lot of scented wood. "It keeps away mosquitoes." I'm so glad he's leaving the heavy, scented, wardrobes that will keep away mosquitoes!

It's not actually on the market yet, but the owner mentioned it in answer to an expat's question in a forum, and Brett happened to see it. Coincidence? Or God at work?

20 comments:

  1. It's really pretty!
    Am I right in seeing it as narrow but deep? Or should I not attempt spatial alignment before coffee?

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    1. Good eye! That's the way most buildings are designed here. Da Nang is growing upward, and buildings are close together. The only reason we have windows along the side on the second story is that it overlooks his in-laws cottage below.

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  2. Yay! So glad you found something with so much space. I love all the wood, too!

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    1. We had to move inland a bit to get space for a lower price. It will probably be about a 10 minute bike-ride to the beach now. A worthwhile sacrifice. Particularly since we live in a country that will be rainy half the year!

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  3. I am so happy that you find the right place for you - and so quickly. I love the wood everywhere and the ceiling is definitely special. I hope you will be very happy there.

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    1. Thank you! We think it's right for us. It's bigger than we've ever lived in since we got married, so it will be a learning experience!

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  4. I love the ceilings! I actually just showed your blog to two co-workers because I knew they would love all of the beautiful wood!!

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    1. It's amazing, isn't it? I think all the wood really warms up the feel of the place. That will be nice when the monsoons come and we're under cloud cover every day.

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  5. I don't believe in coincidence.

    Congrats on finding a place. Now you can focus on moving. Again. Eeek.

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    1. I agree! Yes, eek, but at least it's just a cross-town move. Guess I'll start packing tomorrow.

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  6. What a fantastic place, I'm so happy for you that you've found the perfect home with everything and more than you need. God's timing is always amazing and I'm glad it's all coming together for you x

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    1. God knows what we need, and he knows what we can handle. We are looking forward to moving.

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  7. I love this post. I love that house. I can't wait to get over there.

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    1. Well thank you! The post wrote itself. The house did not.

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  8. Red,

    The staircase is beautiful. I've always wanted a staircase. I catch myself dreaming of one in our next house but in honesty it really isn't practical to have one that leads to upstairs' bedrooms, especially when thinking about our later years. I'm sure we won't want to climb stairs and it may not be safe. One never knows what tomorrow will bring with age. It always made me so nervous to watch my in-laws traverse steps. The new place looks lovely. I hope you guys will be happy there. It certainly sounds like God had a hand in this. :)

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    1. When my parents built their retirement house, they made it so that they could live completely on the main floor. They're on a hill, so there are livable rooms downstairs, too, with a door to the outside, but for now they are office and guest rooms. If they never move again, when stairs become hard they don't ever have to go down them!

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  9. Oh, wow, that house is gorgeous! I absolutely agree with you about the stairs, and those ceilings - heaven in wood!

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    1. It's so warm and bright and airy!

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  10. Beautiful. And so much room! It will be great!

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    1. ... would have been...
      God is good. The right place is waiting.

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