If we were featured on House Hunters International

I can definitely say my life is richer because of the profitable programming featured on HGTV. Shows like “Love it or List It”, “Divine Design” and “Curb Appeal” have helped me draw up plans to transform our living spaces into peaceful sanctuaries. Enacting those plans is still a bit of a long-shot. Of all the HGTV shows, the one I’d most like to be featured on is House Hunters International. Just imagine…the Rietkerk family offering insightful commentary on the three fabulous properties under consideration. It might go something like this…

Time and Kristen are parents to four children, aged 22 to 9 years old, each born in a different state as the family has moved around with the Army. They’re currently stationed in Hohenfels, Germany, surrounded by other military families, and they have been happy there for two years. However, Tim has recently received orders to Ft Bragg, NC. It’s an exciting, but apprehensive, time for the family as they’ve lived in the Fayetteville area on 3 other military assignments. Now, they’re about to embark on a whole new cultural experience 40 miles from the post in the vibrant golf community of Pinehurst, NC. The family is excited to embark on another amazing chapter in their lives.

Property 1–CapeCod house with a lot of personal touches
cape cod
This charming 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sits on the corner of a quiet street in a subdivision in Pinehurst. The unique features of this property include over 3,000 square feet of living space and a wonderful deck that overlooks a large wooded lot.

When we entered the home…
Kristen: “Wow! What a way to make a statement. I can’t say that having a red dining room would be my first choice for having a calm and relaxing family meal.”

red room
Lilly: “Mom. Check out my new room. I’ll sleep up here and have plenty of room for my desk and XBox gaming center.” Kristen: “Yikes! That’s some powerful color combination going on. And obviously these owners think we’re going to want bunkbeds as well.”

bunk bed
Tim enters master bedroom: “I find it odd that they would put an office in a closet. And what’s with the exercise ball? There’s hardly enough room to even get your butt onto that ball, let alone sit at the desk and be productive.”
closet office
exercise ball

A doorway near the kitchen led down to the fully finished basement an unusual feature in North Carolina. It had been renovated to offer a private entry, full kitchen, large living space, toilet and shower and a small bedroom.

Kristen: “The owner must have been bored and spent too much time on Pinterest. Someone has been busy with the paintbrush and it wasn’t a great idea.”

You might think a telephone is inside this door…
bathroom

But you’d be wrong because it’s a toilet
inside bathroom

Property 2–Airy home on a cul-de-sac
cypress lane

New home construction located on a quiet cul-de-sac convenient to Pinehurst Village and local elementary school. The home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, hardwood floors, jacuzzi tub in master suite, fully landscaped yards.

Kristen: “Yes, it’s got a great yard and wonderful curb appeal. Looks like a model home. I don’t really like cookie cutter places”
kitchen

Kristen: “Forget what I said earlier. I love cookie cutter homes. Everything is so clean and smells great. And oh! a gas fireplace. I love it. I can totally see us enjoying cozy winter evenings without having to split logs and clean the fireplace.”
fireplace

Kristen: “I love the kitchen. Plenty of space above cabinets to display all my Polish pottery. Light, airy, good bay window looking over the backyard. Nice deck with great space for our tables and umbrella. What do you think,Tim? Tim?”

bay window kitchen
cypress-backyard

Tim: “I’m still in the master suite. Did you see this tub? And the reading area in the master bedroom? I think I need a long soak in this tub.”

Property 3–Lakefront home with outdoor pizzaz
lakeside
Our third property is located in the nearby community of Whispering Pines, a popular location with families moving in this area. If you enjoy lakefront living and good schools, this could be a great location. The home features 3 bedrooms, 3 bath, a Carolina room, private boat dock, lots of unique architectural details and a hot tub.

Kristen: “Everything wrong with rental homes is found in this place. And, it smells funky. Who’s grand idea was it to buy the cheapest carpeting available and paint one wall to match it?”
grey room

Will: “I call this the hulk room.”
green room

Kristen: “Where do I begin with what’s wrong? Ugly wallpaper, a desk that belongs in a corporate office–not the kitchen, trash left all over the countertops. Bad all around.”
ugly kitchen

Tim: “I think they want us to help clean out the house. I mean, why do all the work yourself when your new renters can simply use the broom and towels themselves?”
closet

More random pics from other “less than desirable” houses we viewed on this episode of House Hunters International:

Old sink with rust stains and a constant drip.

Old sink with rust stains and a constant drip.

 

Front walkway would have been a plus if you had repaired the broken pieces of "brick"

Front walkway would have been a plus if you had repaired the broken pieces of “brick”

 

You couldn't manage to move the broken IKEA storage out of the closet or did you think we wanted to use it?

You couldn’t manage to move the broken IKEA storage out of the closet or did you think we wanted to use it?

 

Curb appeal suffers when you think a dead shrub in the exact same size as the live shrub will do. Note to owner: it will not magically become green

Curb appeal suffers when you think a dead shrub in the exact same size as the live shrub will do. Note to owner: it will not magically become green

 

I know you love your hot tub and you think others will too. But, everything in this room is moldy and the water you're keeping inside the tub does nothing to help matters.

I know you love your hot tub and you think others will too. But, everything in this room is moldy and the water you’re keeping inside the tub does nothing to help matters.

So, which home did the Rietkerks choose? Stay tuned for the surprising decision.

 

Time for the big reveal! We chose House Number 2…hello cul-de-sac living and fenced backyard. Now, tetris-time as we try to fit all of our furniture into this quaint bungalow.