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Posted on 2007.06.08 at 23:23
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I wondered how they could even think of releasing a sequel to Starcraft, one of the most perfect games ever. I was insulted that they'd even try. That is, until I saw this:

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I want.


We had a house picked out prior to moving to Texas. It was grand, all was good. It makes moving easier when you already have something in mind. We saw the house, it was beautiful. But...just in case, just for giggles, we chose to continue to look. Deciding instead on something large and pretentious, we scoured the local area. Nothing quite suited us (or was out of our price range) until we found the house. Granted, at 2100 sq/ft, it was quite a bit smaller than we wanted, but I can't imagine finding a more perfectly laid-out home for our needs.

The Master Bath is much smaller than I was anticipating, and I had to give up one of my core requirements: Private throne. I just love the ones which are behind their own door. But this is a custom home, built with $20k worth of options, which they're taking off the price of the house (as it is a buyer's market and they want to move pre-existing inventory) plus $10k cash at signing. What a deal.

My last custom home was on half an acre. This one is not. In fact, this one has the potential to be everything I hate: A long & narrow houseplan on a zero lot-line. This house differs from the crowd by being more of a custom home, and using non-contractor grade amenities. Those who have purchased homes before know exactly what I'm talking about. The floor plan is broken up into four discrete areas, allowing it to be both very open, and yet separating key components of the house per my expectations. There's a door we're having put in to completely cut off the family room & children's rooms from the rest of the house. In addition, we're turning what they call the "Children's Retreat" into the den - a major plus we took advantage of at our house in Boyd. This affords us our formal living area. Most homes we looked at had the option of turning the formal dining room into an office, or I had to buy a 4-bedroom home and use the 4th bedroom as such. This one provides both an office and a formal dining area.

So it costs more than other houses in its size, and its smaller than what we wanted. It's also in a very quiet, very beautiful part of Anna, and under 10-minutes to work. That's less driving time than when I was in STL! I present to you, what is currently our first choice as a new home:

The rest of the house pics have been uploaded to my Gallery server here.


photogoot at 2007-06-09 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
Nice diggs! At what point will the garage be turned into the Data Center?
ehowton at 2007-06-09 13:42 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Since I have a study, I should be able to place a 68" Sun Rack in there in such a manner its not easily visible from the foyer. That room is actually much smaller than in looks, which means it may end up in the middle of the room, foiling my carefully laid plans.
ehowton at 2007-06-09 21:28 (UTC) (Link)
I've been thinking quite a bit about your statement, but only after drax0r and I re-visited the house this morning. The study really is too small to house a rack, and it would be unsightly. Other than cooling, I don't see why I couldn't at least put my servers in the garage and have ready access to them from the study. Thanks for the idea!
irulan_amy at 2007-06-09 15:05 (UTC) (Link)
I like the columns! Pretty. ;) Though it does amuse me that they actually call one room a "Children's Retreat" - makes me think of a fort or something. :)
ehowton at 2007-06-09 15:14 (UTC) (Link)
My wife and I differ greatly on this subject. I've always felt the children's "play room" should be their bedrooms...

At any rate, that will be the den. The kids can play there, and we can put a sofa and the television in there. We so love having a formal area with no tv.

The columns are lovely. One of their slightly larger plans has the columns squared. I enjoy the semi-circular appearance of these - helps to break up the area nicely.

Have you made it back to CA yet?
irulan_amy at 2007-06-09 15:25 (UTC) (Link)
I tend to agree. I wouldn't want another room to encourage them to bring their toys into, play with friends in, and spill stuff on another carpet. ;) A parlor/den sort of room is a great idea.

Hmm, I like square columns on the front of buildings, but I don't know about in a house.

Not yet, I'm actually going back Tuesday though. I forgot that Tim's sister had invited us to go to San Francisco next weekend (her husband has a work conference there or something and they have an extra hotel room, so). I'm looking forward to that. And I do miss Cali, and Tim, and my kittens. So, I'm ready. :)
galinda822 at 2007-06-09 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
It's beautiful!!! Especially for a measily 2100 sq. ft. home. :) And how lucky are you to find a home with an even shorter drive to work than up here. You are charmed!!!!!
I'm hoping your crappy house here in STL sells NOW.

Does it have the screened in porch? My kitties and I would so love to have one.

BTW...that avatar freaks me out! I don't like it.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-06-09 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
BTW...that avatar freaks me out! I don't like it.
I think that's Howton's bloodlust/whiny bitch avatar.
ehowton at 2007-06-09 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
She is the Zerg Queen of Blades introduced in the Starcraft expansion pack, BroodWar. An excerpt from Wikipedia's BroodWar entry explaines her role in the game (italics mine):

With the massive UED (United Earth Directorate) fleet controlling increasing numbers of Zerg, Kerrigan (our Terran) protagonist is severely threatened, so at first, she protects her own base by severing the Cerebrate of the Jormungand Brood (the player) from the other Cerebrates and forcing it to provide its brood to cleanse the renegade swarms from her main Hive Clusters on Tarsonis. Afterwards, she turned to bigger threats. By painting herself as a victim and the combined Zerg-UED as the greater enemy (and through the judicious use of threats and hostages), Kerrigan and her new ally Samir Duran gain the reluctant assistance of the scattered Terran Dominion of Arcturus Mengsk and the Protoss forces that had stayed in Aiur and didn't travel to Shakuras, commanded by Jim Raynor and Fenix. This alliance manages to reconquer Korhal's desert world from the UED, as an apparent deal with the emperor Mengsk, but after the victory she turns on each of her "allies" one by one, resulting in the death of Fenix and General Edmund Duke. In the following events, Kerrigan's forces arrive at the Dark Templar's homeworld of Shakuras and manage to capture the Dark Templar's (of the Protoss race) matriarch, Raszagal. With the matriarch as a prisoner, Kerrigan persuades Zeratul to help her destroy the Overmind controlled by the UED. The Overmind is killed by the Dark Templar, and Kerrigan gains complete control of the Zerg. Prior to the Overmind's demise it's discovered that Raszagal was infested by Kerrigan, even before Zeratul's arrival on Shakuras, and was Kerrigan's mere puppet the entire time (something Aldaris had suspected before he was killed by Kerrigan). This forces Zeratul to kill her before Kerrigan's eyes. After all these events, Kerrigan defeats the Protoss, UED, and Dominion fleets in a single epic battle, and by the end reigns as the dominant power in the Koprulu Sector.

Prior to the climactic battle of this campaign, Samir Duran mysteriously vanishes, much to Kerrigan's annoyance. Unbeknownst to her, but revealed to the player in the secret level "Dark Origins", Duran's alliance with Kerrigan was yet another level of his deception. Secretly, Duran had been conducting experiments on creating viable Zerg-Protoss hybrids at installations scattered across the sector. Duran is discovered by Zeratul and the rest of his scattered forces and ends up revealing that he is in fact working for an as-yet unnamed force. He warns Zeratul that the hybrid he discovered is only one of many, and they will bring about the end of the current order.
ehowton at 2007-06-09 17:17 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm glad you like it, since its where you'll be staying when you come to visit.

Alas, the back porch is covered, but not screened.

Sorry about freaking you out with the avatar - see my reply to Tomas for its origins.
galinda822 at 2007-06-09 18:17 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you like it, since its where you'll be staying when you come to visit.
I'd like any house you choose for that reason alone!!!

Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-06-09 17:07 (UTC) (Link)
depending on how long it takes to build and how long it takes the house in STL to sell, you might be able to put me to work helping you move in...provided you aren't rolling in the dough and have already contracted movers.
ehowton at 2007-06-09 17:24 (UTC) (Link)
This one is available for purchase immediately. They're too expensive for me to have one built, so if we lose this one, we go back to Plan A.

Thank you for your offer.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-06-09 17:37 (UTC) (Link)
I see. That would be a bit earlier then what I expected.

I don't know how to say this, but I think I'd be happier if you had the space and went back to the plan that you showed melenacthe and I; that is to say, I think that if you're looking at purchasing your dream house, in the long run you'll probably want the space vs. the layout, but to each his own.

Good luck.
ehowton at 2007-06-09 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
Agreed! And the house I showed you two was also able to close up the last third of the house just like this one.

Oddly enough, they're the same square footage. So really, I'm losing nothing.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-06-09 20:41 (UTC) (Link)
snapper521 at 2007-06-10 05:09 (UTC) (Link)

Pretty house

:-) I like... sept it looks small. :-P Even if it were only me in it. Not your entire family.
ehowton at 2007-06-10 05:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pretty house

Thanks! Its actually 2100 sq/ft. All you're seeing there is the living room.
snapper521 at 2007-06-10 06:16 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pretty house

*shrug* Still... you're talking to a girl who's room is about 5 times bigger then the average bedroom...

If I took 4 queen size beds and put them side by side, I could fit them all in and still have room for the dressers that would go along with them, and the closet space, and all the room for my clothes. :-) Out side the closet... since I have to many to go into the closet...
ehowton at 2007-06-10 23:26 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pretty house

How very fortunate for you.
snapper521 at 2007-06-11 01:00 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pretty house

Whatever. I take the space for granted honestly and have filled it with stuff I truly don't need. But... I have a lot of books because of it.
ehowton at 2007-06-11 01:10 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pretty house

Reading is fundamental.
snapper521 at 2007-06-11 01:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pretty house

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ehowton at 2007-06-11 21:31 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dude. I just hope it all works out in a timely manner.
leonardii at 2007-06-14 16:36 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful home. It will be great as a host for SMAKDOWN playing the new Starcraft 2! :)

Many congrats... and remember to read the messages I sent to you regarding Ayopah before you turn on a single utility, cable or satellite TV, phone service, internet, etc.

If you set them up through Ayopah, you could be looking as some serious cash back!

I use Vonage now - they have a similar company that does the same thing. The only difference - I get paid cash back for using their service. I get nothing back from Vonage. I just pay them - but they don't pay me back a dime.

I'd rather pay the same amount for the same service and get a check every month for just paying my bill. Wouldn't you?
Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2007-06-17 23:35 (UTC) (Link)
*Whistles lowly* Damn fine house! But no throne? Blasphemy!

That is a gorgeous house, though.
ehowton at 2007-08-30 00:49 (UTC) (Link)
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