Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Brady's New Home
Brady moved to Salt Lake on Thursday August 8, 2013.
I left for Salt Lake City on Friday to bring the rest of Brady's stuff and help him move in and organize his new house.
When I first entered his apartment I thought it was just tiny. But after spending the night there I felt like it was just right.
It's a really nice complex with lots of amenities. He is on the top floor / 2nd floor. When living in an apartment, I prefer to live on the top floor because it is quieter.
Here are some pictures of his apartment after he was all moved in:
This is the view when you walk in the front door.
I love Brady's new couch. It was very comfortable. It was a great choice!
The ottoman is perfect too for his piano music and a blanket for lounging. I also purchased the small table on the side of the couch and put it together when I arrived. The lamps are donated from my house. There is no overhead lighting so it's dark without lamps. The lamps turn on with the light switch on the wall, plus it's right by the front door.
Friday evening we went to Walmart to pick up a few things and some groceries. I've never understood the jokes about Walmart before because they are really nice here in Boise and Meridian. However the Walmart in downtown Salt Lake was kinda scary - so now I "get" the Walmart jokes. We ended up spending 45 minutes in the check out line. All the frozen food we had purchased had started melting by the time we got home. I don't think we will ever go to that Walmart EVER AGAIN!
Anyway from Walmart I bought the curtains behind the couch. I brought the tension rod from home. They are black out curtains and were perfect and gave the room a homey look.
In front of the couch is Brady's keyboard and TV (TV was free with the purchase of the bed). You can also see his lap top in front of the TV. He is using the TV as a computer screen/TV. The plan is for Brady to go to Ikea and find a desk to put there to use for studying and to lift the TV a little higher for viewing.
For his dining room table we used a card table brought from home. It worked out great and thought it didn't look too bad either. The other 2 chairs are stored in his closet and he'll bring them out when he has people over for dinner.
All the pictures in the apartment are from one of my customers (Mabs) who gives me things she doesn't want anymore and if I don't want it I take it to a thrift store for her. It is a wonderful deal for me to go through all her donations first and take what I want. The pictures for Brady were perfect and generic for a bachelor's apartment. Mabs also gave me the candlestick holders on the table, I bought candles for them. Pretty fun!
I put a menu and shopping list on his fridge so that he has a plan for dinner and eating.
It's a cute little kitchen! He'll be cooking a lot as he stays on a budget and lives frugally.
Brady was really excited that his apartment had a dishwasher!!!!!! Last year his apartment didn't have one and he had to do the dishes by hand. I brought the new microwave with me when I came. The apartment also has a garbage disposal, which is nice too. We bought the rug at Walmart the night before.
Of course I cleaned everything really well before I left to go home. It was pretty clean but not "Sondra Clean".
I slept on Brady's new bed Friday night. It was really comfortable - it was a great choice! The bedspread came from home. I told Brady he had to use what we had - we couldn't purchase everything new. The side tables and lamps also came from home.
One of the bedside lamps Brady used at college last year and broke it. I bought a lamp kit and installed it and fixed it on my own (I was pretty proud of myself for doing it). We've had these lamps for a few years - also a donation from Mabs.
We picked up baskets (under the side tables) at Walmart and they worked perfect to store stuff in since they are not night stands with drawers. This gives him needed storage by his bed.
The curtains are from Brady's college room last year. I was happy that they worked and weren't too long for the air conditioner/heater unit.
The picture above the bed is glass-less. Perfect for over his bed because I don't like to put pictures containing glass over a bed in case of earthquakes. That's just me - always prepared!!
Brady's bathroom. The shower curtain is from Brady's apartment last year. The shower has tile which is nice. The shower head is low for short people like me. It seems weird that they designed it that short in an apartment complex - but it is functional.
Brady's walk in closet. When I arrived all his clothing were on the bottom rod where the colored shirts are. When I was organizing his clothing, I thought that there had to be more places to put clothes - they wouldn't just have this one rod. I felt under the shelf and there was a lip to put the hangers backwards on it.
He was happy that I figured that out or else he would still have all his clothes on that one rod - *grin. Mom's are good for something. I color coded everything in his closet - because I'm weird like that. I'm sure it won't stay that way. The closet has great storage and we were able to fit everything in his tiny 424 square foot home.
Brady took me for a tour of the apartment complex. You can see a lot of the amenities here in this post. It is really deluxe living. They also have several gathering/picnic areas around the complex and each one has 2 public gas grills and a seating area. Brady and I made some hamburgers on Saturday before I left - so I could show him how to do it on a BBQ Grill.
The apartment community has these features - just like a resort:
Fully equipped fitness center
Indoor racquetball court
(1) Indoor and (1) outdoor hot tub
Resident Business Center
On-site laundry facilities
(free WIFI in the club house, TV seating area to use while waiting for your laundry)
Free gas grills / seating areas
There is also an outdoor vacuum to vacuum out your car in the complex!!
Deluxe Living!!! What a spoiled kid!
The light rail is across the street from his apartment complex. I told him to use it when it snows - it goes right up to the college.
Brady should be in heaven for the next 3 years he plans on living there. I sure hope he doesn't move again for a while - it's too much work - *grin.
I'm really happy and excited for him to have this nice little home. It does require that he works to pay for rent while he attends college. It's not going to be easy, but he can do it - so many people do it all the time and he can too. I'm glad that it all worked out that he was able to get such a nice place to live.