Have you been keeping up with our home tour? If not, you can catch up here and here.
One of the requirements on our list when house shopping was a basement. Living in Southwest Missouri my whole life, tornadoes were something that we had to be aware of. My parents' house doesn't have a basement, but I never felt scared. We couldn't even hear the tornado sirens because we lived so far out of town. I went to school many times and my friends were talking about waking up to sirens in the middle of the night. I slept right through them.
Fast-forward to May 2011...I was home when the Joplin tornado ripped apart their town. My hometown is just north of Joplin, but I have family and friends that live there. The day after the tornado, we went down to see how we could help. What I saw that day, I will never forget. The stories that I hear are forever ingrained in my brain.
Fast-forward again to May 2013 when a tornado went through St. Charles and north St. Louis. Many of our friends live in the path of that tornado and we saw the devastation from it.
I knew that we had to have a basement in whatever house we decided to buy. It was a non-negotiable for me. We got lucky and found a home with a finished basement.
The air hockey table came with the house...and it's really nice! It has been very fun to play! :)
We also have a full bathroom in the basement.
The people who lived in this house before us have always lived here. They really liked brass and the nasty orange colored walls. I can't wait to paint them.
Not pictured: the dungeon (our unfinished storage area). It's scary.
Well, there you have it! Those are the pictures of our home on the day we got our keys! I hope to be back soon with some "after" pictures! Hope you enjoyed the tour! :) Come visit sometime! We would love to have you!