Arizona Adventures House

A Final House Tour

We moved into our Arizona house in late July of 2015 and lived there almost three years to the day.

In that time, we repainted every square inch of that house (with the exception of the pantry and the master bathroom), tore out all the carpet and replaced it, ripped out the massive (hideous) stone entertainment center and replaced it with more modern open shelving, hung wallpaper in the laundry room and Ella’s room.

I’d basically felt like the house was entirely done except for two things and in the last couple of weeks, we got those taken care of too.

First, we tore out the stone in the living room/dining room and replaced all the walls. The old drywall was so damaged from the stone and chicken wire contraptions that Bart stripped it down to the studs and we started over with brand-new drywall, sheetrock, texturing and paint.

We also replaced the granite in the kitchen (it had had previously had some fairly homely granite on the island, but they’d left the non-matching laminate on the surrounding counters, so they were both ugly AND not matching) and whoa, that granite made a world of difference.

It went on the market over the weekend and I thought it’d be fun to show you the photos from the real estate listening.

It’s actually kind of trippy to see these photos because it only vaguely looks like MY house to me.

I feel like we are pretty clean people, but we certainly don’t have NOTHING on any counter tops or tables or bathroom counters in our daily life.

There are no puzzles on the coffee table or 50 library books lined up on the bottom shelf in the family room or Munchkin cups next to the sink.

And I cooked a total of two meals on those new granite countertops and the living room/dining room only looked like that for about 6 hours before the photographer came (that morning, we were still painting the baseboards and putting the furniture back where it belonged), so both of those spaces don’t really feel anything like they looked for the past three years.

Plus, our real estate agent, Jodi Anderson from Call Realty, brought in a few items to stage the house with, including some pillows and shelf decor, and the two gold chairs in the family room, which makes it also feel differently than it did for the last  three years.

But I love looking at these photos and seeing all the projects we did and remembering all the happy memories we made in this house over the past three years.

We never expected to stay in this house long-term, but we brought our fourth baby home here, Ella started kindergarten here, and we spent so much time together in this house.

It was such a happy home for us and I hope the next family that lives here enjoys many wonderful years here too.

Porch Swing

Office Chair // Rug // Full office tour here

Full laundry room tour here

Blue sectional // Gold frames

Bed frame // Side tables // Bench // Full master bedroom details here

Barn Door

Crib // Double Rocker // Rug // Cactus Print // Full navy nursery details here

Bed frame // Chair // Side Table // Rug // Full pink girl’s room details here

Full basement playroom details here

Bookshelf // Couch // Dollhouse

Hanging Basket Chair // Bed Frame // Bedside Table // Full room tour here

Full room tour here 

If you’re curious, the full MLS listing is here

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  • Reply Michele Cherie August 6, 2018 at 2:39 am

    The granite is beautiful and the pantry looks so spacious. What a nice basement/play area! Congrats on getting your home projects done! You inspire me to do a home tour on my blog when we return home from France this fall. Blessings on your move!

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw August 6, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Thank you so much! It’s been a wonderful home for us.

  • Reply Rebecca Lately August 6, 2018 at 6:46 am

    It looks wonderful!

  • Reply Paige Cassandra Flamm August 6, 2018 at 7:16 am

    You can tell you guys put so much into making this house a home for you and your family. I’m excited to see the fun touches that you bring to your new home. Also, Jay was looking through all these pictures and was obsessed with all the different trees you guys have in AZ. It was pretty cute!

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw August 6, 2018 at 8:44 am

      That’s so darling! Definitely doesn’t look like Utah in our backyard.

  • Reply Jen August 6, 2018 at 7:38 am

    The house looks beautiful! You guys did a great job. Was it a difficult decision to make those final changes as you were moving out instead of just leaving it? Were you concerned it would be difficult to sell the way it was? Anyhow, it looks like an awesome house and I wish you lots of luck in your new place! 🙂 I hope you’ll post pics of your new home, too!

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw August 6, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Our realtor suggested we make those last changes and I agreed with her, so it didn’t feel like a tough decision. We both thought it would sell faster and for a better price if you weren’t overwhelmed with that stone right when you walked through the door.

  • Reply KCM August 6, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Looks so nice! I’m beyond impressed with your lightening speed of getting your house on the market. We are listing our house in next 2 weeks but it’s been MONTHS of work (granted we’ve lived in it for 10 years). What an enormous task to get it ready for sale. Great job!! Love seeing your pics.

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw August 6, 2018 at 9:49 am

      I feel like I’ve done nothing but work on it for two weeks. Whew! It is CRAZY amounts of work, isn’t it?

  • Reply Amy August 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Looks great! (Even the desert landscaping, which I dislike in general!) I’m sure it’s a little bittersweet to leave after all the memories and work that you put into the house. Enjoy your new adventure in Utah!

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw August 6, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      The previous owners did a great job with the landscaping!

  • Reply Sara Millett August 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I love that photo in your master bath. Memories. You should bring the girls on a trip to Austin and we could all go boating together again!

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw August 6, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      I would LOVE it! The realtor actually specifically commented on how gorgeous that photo was.

  • Reply molly August 6, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    It looks incredible!! I’m curious (for future reference when we sell our house some day) – it looks like most of the furniture & decor & items on the shelves are yours? Will you have movers pack up & bring those things to you after the house sells? Or do you plan to drive back down to do all of that? Congrats on Bart’s new job & your new home!! I can’t wait to see pics of it after you’re settled:) xo

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw August 7, 2018 at 6:11 am

      Yes, we’ll come back when the house sells, movers will load it all up and we’ll drive it up.

  • Reply Amy harshman August 7, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Hmm…the listing link doesnt work.

  • Reply Maris August 11, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Always loved the navy paint! It’s so striking and a favorite color of mine. I’ve been to Utah twice and absolutely love it. Best of luck!

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  • Reply Meghan September 18, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    What a beautiful house. You guys did a great job with it.

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