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Another Fantasy Adventure October 2, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

On Sunday, we traveled across town to check out model homes in The Inlets. Of the rooms we toured, this game room captured our imagination the best.

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We could have stayed here for hours playing pool inside or wandering through the sliders to cool off in the adjoining pool and soak away cares in the spa.

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Stopping between shots to admire our $1.4 million yacht parked just outside the game room.

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The tropical colors of the space soothed our lusty appetites, as did the help yourself hors d’oeurves.

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Before moving on to the next home, we wandered outside, kicked off our shoes, and climbed aboard the 3 bed 2 bath boat in the basin.

Topside, BFF allowed the breeze to ruffle his captain’s cap.

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Back inside, we took one last longing look at the pristine calm.

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Before returning to the current reality of our life.

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We are making progress. ย Slow and steady progress.

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In due course we’ll reclaim our ZEN.

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Aah . . . that’s better!


1. valleygrail - October 2, 2014

Where’s that magic wand when you need it? A flick of the wrist, maybe two, and the job is done. In the meantime, you have the assurance your place will be as lovely as the model homes when you are finished.

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Thanks, VG. Having a magic wand would make painting as easy as watching CG effects ~> just a flick of the wrist, check out the color, thumbs up, done.

Our entire villa would fit in the main living area of the homes we toured. But all that space comes at a price . . . you have to buy more STUFF to fill it up. One of the game rooms in another home had not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 (!) wide screen TV’s on the wall. That would make me DIZZY.

That said, we would LOVE to have space for a pool table, a ping pong table, and a piano ~ the 3 P’s. :mrgreen:

2. Val Boyko - October 2, 2014

Soothing indeed … and a great way to clear your head from painting! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with your painting project!
With Don retired now I expect we’lll have a lot of painting and others projects coming up.
Val x

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

The painting project is moving into its final hours. Yay! We’ve moved the furniture away from the LAST WALL and BFF is sanding prefatory to painting. By tomorrow, it should be done and dusted. Double yay!

Val Boyko - October 2, 2014

Boy, doesn’t it feel good to complete something!! Bring it on ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

BFF is racing toward the finish line today ~ 2 coats on the BIG wall and he’s debating whether to do a third.

3. katecrimmins - October 2, 2014

One of our favorite pastimes is touring model homes. Sometimes we get an idea and sometimes just enjoy the fantasy. It’s especially helpful in times of chaos. Sounds like you are almost done. Can’t wait for the pictures!

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Touring model homes is fun ~ on the day we went, The Inlets brought in Classic Cars, Boats, an Island Band, and BBQ. It was a nice break from painting.

I’ll do my best to capture the AFTER pics ~ but our cathedral ceilings are so high and the room so narrow that it’s hard to get perspective. Solution: Come and See It when you get weary of winter. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

4. Jill Weatherholt - October 2, 2014

I love to look at model homes. When the painting project is complete, your home will look like a model as well. Happy painting, Nancy, it looks good!

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Model homes always look so great ~ just the right amount of stuff on the bookshelves and in the closets and cupboards.

BFF is painting the last (and worst) wall today. yay!

5. NancyTex - October 2, 2014

I’m so glad not to be painting anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you a speedy end to yours!

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Thanks, NT. You and Mr. Enthusiasm have completed a marathon . . . our project is more like a 100-yard dash, running by very slow turtles. ๐Ÿ˜›

We should have the BIG wall done this afternoon and things back to “normal” tomorrow. Happy Hour?

NancyTex - October 2, 2014

Did you say Happy Hour? I’ll be right over.

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Yes! I think we both deserve a “double.”

NancyTex - October 2, 2014

Guess what I’m starting in about 5 minutes?
Painting the front door, garage door and front exterior columns. Because rest is highly overrated. :-S

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

You are like the Energizer Bunny, NT!

Someone is going to fall in love with your house . . . and benefit from the fruit of your labors.

6. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - October 2, 2014

I love that moment when I’m done and can step back and sigh and go “I did that!”. All the hard work makes the end result so much sweeter for me – but yeah, I’d move into the tour home in a heartbeat! Heck, I’d move into the boat! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

I love boating but am happy to have someone else hoisting the sails and steering the rudder. I could move into that game room with the wet bar for a weekend . . . especially with the caged pool and spa just steps away.

7. suzicate - October 2, 2014

Nice! Looking forward to wallowing in my zen this weekend at Ocracoke!

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Awesome. It’s been ages since we’ve been to Ocracoke. What a great time of year for an Outer Banks getaway. Enjoy the ferry ride and your island Zen.

8. Eric Tonningsen - October 2, 2014

Knowing a wee bit about you, Nancy, I’ll take your zen any day.

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Thanks, Eric . . . Zen is where it’s at! :mrgreen:

9. Grannymar - October 2, 2014

There is no place like home, especially when it sports a little makeover.

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

It’s looking better and better. The BIGGEST and BADDEST wall now has 2 coats and it sparkles. Yay! We probably won’t put all the furniture back until later today or tomorrow but I can see the Finish Line!

10. beeblu - October 2, 2014

I think I prefer your version of life – it has more texture.

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Haha! Texture is right . . . it’s hard to sneak up on someone when you’re walking on newspapers.

11. diannegray - October 2, 2014

It’s so nice to dream, Nancy – thanks for taking me on this journey into the lives of the rich and famous today ๐Ÿ˜€

Now…. back to painting… ๐Ÿ˜‰

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

BFF finished the wall. Then he finished the baseboards. Now we’re just watching the paint dry. ๐Ÿ˜›

diannegray - October 2, 2014

Interesting times ๐Ÿ˜‰

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

We are on the homestretch. Just need to hang some pictures and we’re back in business. Yay!

12. Pix Under the Oaks - October 2, 2014

Those new homes are spectacular but I always love coming back to our place.. for now. I just need a nice two bedroom, 2 bath home with a four seasons porch. All on one level without 10 acres of trees and mowing to worry about. And quiet.. is that possible? ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

I expect that it’s possible, but not probable. Although our place is 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, and pretty quiet.

Except for the FROGS. They are NOISY. :mrgreen:

13. Three Well Beings - October 3, 2014

I love going through model homes! I sometimes get decorating ideas, but mostly I come away with the need to clean! I think the pristine calm in your photos tells me I’d have to come home and begin my own painting project! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope your project is over soon and well worth the inconvenience!

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

Thanks! I love going through model homes . . . calm, clean, and full of inspiration. The painting is all-but-done. A few touch up spots and re-hanging pictures. But the place sparkles!

14. jannatwrites - October 3, 2014

My husband likes to look at model homes, but I avoid them (because I’m satisfied with what we have, but when I see something grand that I can’t afford, then I feel discontent.) The painting project brings back memories. When we painted the interior of our house in Phoenix, it took us a full six months to complete the project- between the kids and pets, we’d end up painting late at night to keep it from getting smudged. Such a good feeling when it’s done, though!

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

I’m not surprised it took you that long with kids and pets underfoot. Tigger did NOT rub up against any of the wet paint or step in the paint trays. Yay! I brushed up against some wet paint at one point and saw the evidence later on my shorts and forearm. Mea culpa!

15. Silver in the Barn - October 3, 2014

This post brings back memories of my years in real estate! I worked for a developer often sitting in model homes like these whiling away the hours…..hoping to meet somebody who actually was interested in buying instead of what we called “cabinet kickers”…..and keeping the kids under control with a smile. About 20% of our traffic ended up being people that within one year would buy somewhere, not necessarily in our community. There is so much thought into “staging the dream” as you can imagine.

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

We are definitely of the “cabinet kicker” variety. We’ve never owned a NEW home and would like to ~ if we find one in the right location, location, location. We’re keeping an eye on a neighborhood going up across the street. They are building on the water side yet. But there are plans for low-rise high-rises. I’d like the penthouse suite. :mrgreen:

Not sure that it’s in the card as prices aren’t available yet.

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