What matters most...
What matters most in a home in my opinion is the people you share it with. My husband and I have been married nearly 12 years and have three very active boys. Our home always has a "lived in" look....even if I've spent the whole day cleaning. You would not be hard pressed to find crumbs on the kitchen floor, clothes on the bedroom floor, or Legos spread sporadically throughout the house. Oddly enough, none of those things matter to me. One day the kids will be grown, the house will stay clean and the chaos will subside. Will it still feel like home? I hope the love and memories we have filled this house with will carry us over through all the stages of our lives together!
-Submitted by Deanne Erickson
What makes a home
A home is more than the perfect house, although that is where it all begins. A home is created by family and your community. It is building ginger bread houses, hosting birthday scavenger hunts, and baking chocolate chips cookies from scratch.
As a child I lived in a lot of houses, seventeen by the time I was seventeen. As an adult I was adamant to find a real home. Omaha is a wonderful town to do just that. I have found a true loving community in West O. And honestly when it came to building our dream home, the first call was to our friend Deb Gustafson (a terrific real estate agent). She came out to asses our house, and helped us get things "fixed" to get the most bang for our buck on our first house. Within a month we were building our dream home.
Now my husband and I, along with our five children are continuously making our house a home.
-Submitted by Susie D'Agosto
A home is not simply a structure where one resides.
Home is where you make your first "real" meal together as husband and wife; where your children take their first steps; and a comfy, cozy place where you grow old together. Home is where you share unforgettable moments with family, friends, and loved ones. Home is where life truly begins.
-Submitted by Megan Nelson
Your home is your base, your oasis.
It's where family and friends come together to make memories and recharge.
-Submitted by Chris Pleskac
Home is refuge, relationships, relaxation, romance
-Submitted by Brandt Karstens
Home is where I can be me.
Relaxed. Dressed very casually. Laughing at whatever I want to yelling or crying when I feel it as well.
Home is where I can share the real me with the person I live with, and vice versa.
Home is where I can invite family and friends to come hang out with me,
the real me.
-Submitted by David Baker
Our home ownership story
We started out as newlyweds, buying our first house together. We idealized the image of living isolated in the country. This was during the time of the $8000 first time homebuyer tax credit (the one you didn't have to pay back). This was early fall 2009. Faced with a deadline of closing by December 31, or the tax credit would expire, we compromised and bought something in a small town outside of Omaha that fit our budget. We were having a hard time finding just the right house in our price range on an acreage, which was our dream. The house we bought was solid, but needed some serious updating. Everything was circa 1976. It was almost laughable with the orange shag in one room, threadbare carpet in another, fake wood paneling, glitter filled popcorn ceilings, and accordion style closet doors (not even the good kind, they were a pretty broken cheap kind). WE closed and we thought we were in heaven and we happily started our home improvement projects. We first turned our eyes to the closet with the accordion doors. That had to go. We found a closet system we liked at a local home improvement store and started buying pieces as we could afford them. Then, they went on clearance so we purchased the rest in one shot. I even enlisted my mother to buy pieces for us on clearance at the store local to her, when the one in Omaha ran out. This was only the first in a series of remodel projects that would be started and finished over the next 6 years. The 3rd day after we moved in, the drain hose popped off the washer and flooded one of the bedrooms. After several days, we couldn't get the carpet to dry and it started to smell. That's when we decided to pull it up and underneath were BEAUTIFUL original wood floors. I spent one day after work pulling up all of that lovely orange shag to reveal wood floors that needed not much more than a good scrubbing. We continued with our projects and about 2 years later our first child was born. That. Changed. Everything. The baby didn't like the 40 minute daily commute, so I endured hours of screaming in the car over the first couple of years. When we had our second child, that baby wasn't impressed with car rides, either, but wasn't as bad as the first. However, when child #2 screamed in the car, child #1 didn't like that, and joined in! Around this same time, I decided to change jobs and started working on the other end of Omaha, adding another 20 minutes to my commute. We started struggling with the home improvement projects, and balancing family life and the commute. We decided in late 2014 to just grit our teeth and work our tails off to finish the house in 4 months' time and sell it so that we could move back to Omaha. It. Was. HARD. We had some help along the way, but mostly it was just us, wielding a hammer and a measuring tape while wearing a baby and letting our preschooler watch a bit too much TV. We moved walls, we painted, we installed plumbing fixtures, we drywalled, we installed flooring and trim. We. Did. Everything. In the end, we were 3 weeks past our goal to list the house, but we made it in plenty of time for the market to hopefully heat up in our small town. We have decided that we will build in Omaha when we sell. We've done the fixer-upper thing, and we enjoyed it, but we don't really have room for that in our lives, anymore, right now. However, when we do build, we are going to make sure that our new home has an unfinished basement so that we can flex those home improvement muscles in the future. On our terms. Buying the house we did, where we did, served its purpose, but like many families, our circumstances changed and we are ready to move forward to the next exciting chapter in our lives.
-Submitted by Stephanie Ransdell
This little guy is my life right now.
We are definitely ready to expand our family (and home) one day, but for now he's what matters most!
-Submitted by Patrick Fuerstenau
Home is where you build and nurture a family and make memories that last lifetimes!!
-Submitted by April Hoss
Home is the constant connection in my life.
It’s the place I work, celebrate my family, love my pets and live my life. Our home expresses our personality, it’s the place we dream up our future and celebrate life. Home is my happy at the end of every vacation. I love my home!
This year we sold our home with our wonderful CBSHOME agentDeb Gustafson. We are building a new home to make room for the new addition in our family. I know this home will help us celebrate all the news life brings us, and when the time comes for another chapter in our lives CBSHOME will be there through every stage. Thanks!
-Submitted by Shelly Jeffries