Friday, October 4, 2013

Images of Applegate

It's  been  a glorious week here in Maine...70 degrees and sunny every day. (Who needs to retire to Florida?)...a good time to get outside with my camera and take some photos of our new retirement home on Applegate Lane...
 



 
 Although they look like separate cape cod houses, the homes in Applegate are actually condos. That's perfect for us...the outside is taken care of (they even do windows!) leaving us free to head out camping at Searsport Shores or fly away to warmer places anytime we want.
 
 
 The neighborhood was built in the late 70's. Our unit was in great shape but needed some updating so we've been busy with renovations.
 
 Here's our back patio "before"... 
 
 and as of three weeks ago with a new back entry door and deck!


 

Priorities firmly in place, my craft room was set up first.

 



This was the craft room area "before"...big change!

We have some comfy places to sit now...
 
 to read our favorite books...
 
and visit with friends.
 
 
 
Hank built the bookshelves himself...
who needs Pottery Barn?
 
 
 We've had fun adding lots of COLOR...
 
 
and playing with a whole new palette.
 
We splurged on an island for the kitchen...
 
 
  to replace this... the kitchen "before".

My collection of vintage McCoy pottery made it to Applegate safely.
 

The kitchen even has a hidden little bar area...
 

and a place to relax with the Margaritas after they're mixed!

Hank found a way to hang the bikes in the garage (maybe my recent organizing post has inspired him?)...those big old gray Ace hardware hooks came to the rescue again!
 
and I found a place to hang some of my collectibles in a corner of the new upstairs laundry area...
 
 
which our good friend "Gino" created out of this hot mess...
 
 The master bath is huge so I have space to play movie star at my very own dressing table...
 
 
but I haven't got a clue what to do with this bidet???
 
The yard is beautiful here...
 

and we've moved some of our favorite memories over to Applegate with us.
 

 Things are still a little crazy today with contractors busy installing a new high-efficiency gas HVAC system and finishing up some electrical work. 

 
It's an amazing world of technology we now live in...we'll be able to control our heat and AC from our cell phones!

 

We loved our years at Winn Farm, but it's time to move on.
 

We'll make new memories and carry the old ones in our hearts.

 
We'll enjoy exploring our new neighborhood...
  

and, with a view like this at the bottom of our street...
 
 
 
 
what more could we need?
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. I love your new home! The new back door and the deck are a real bonus. Did you have to walk around outside to get to it before? Your craft room is great. The whole house seems very spacious. And what's not to love about live lobster year around and a gorgeous view at the end of the street! Congrats on all you hard work. I'm sure it is already feeling like home to you and your hubby, who is a great carpenter, by the way! Blessings to you both in your new home.

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  2. Cheryl you have found Paradise! Love your new home and oh yes, less upkeep is the way to go for sure. You are making this home Gorgeous! I am blessed to have moved into a 2 bdrm duplex and working on making it mine now! I'm renting so harder to do, but I am so happy to be downsizing now! Glad to see you are back to blogging!
    hugs,
    Linda

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