The internet was fixed finally and that, combined with a bit of free time this evening, means it is finally time to show you my 1978, never updated except for wallpaper, home!
Why don’t you come on in….
This is our front door! :) Notice that even though we don’t live there yet we are decorated for fall. The boys insisted on having at least one fall decoration at our new home. They love fall as much as me! :) Notice my dad is getting ready to work and Nathan is sitting by the pool….only because he was the only one willing to get in the freezing water with the boys and they were dying to swim! The blue accent color will be going away….eventually!
When you step into the entry this is what you see. The wall paper is now THANKFULLY gone! The floor….oh that is a very magnificent 1978 option of real stone slices. We discovered this weekend that it is going to be a bitch to get out….it is the one demo job we are leaving for our contractor to worry about. Those two door knobs open coat closets. I absolutely cannot complain about storage in this house! I have so many lovely closets!
In the entry if you turn to your left you find the formal living room. This will be our school room / office. The carpet is gone at this point. Those curtains….yeah….I haven’t pulled them down yet but they are very definitely going. This room will have wood floors just like the rest of the house when the contractor is finished. We are going with a gray tone for wall color….I just have to pick one that I like. This room is devoid of lighting so 4 can lights will be going in and a few more plugs to power all the computers and other things needed for a school room / office.
If you turn right out of the entry you step into the dining room. This room has the worst paint job I have ever seen. It looks good from this distance but if you get up close…the cutting in is terrible. This room will not remain red. Most likely it will have a darker gray. The light fixture will be magnificent once it is cleaned up a bit. All the wood work will stay too. The carpet is gone….and it was terrible in this room.
If you go straight out of the entry you enter the living room. I am standing in the breakfast area looking into the living room and back towards the entry. To might right, and not pictured here are big glass door leading to the sun room. These floors will be sanded and refinished to a dark wood to match the new floors going in. The lovely wall paneling will be sanded and painted the whole house color. Those two big squares in the ceiling are sky lights and they are LOVELY! The fire place over there is awesome and huge! The door next to the fireplace leads to the sleep quarters of the home.
After the above picture I turned around and took a picture of the breakfast area. The tile is happily gone, to be replaced by wood floors. The cabinet is built in and will be painted. The door you see leads to the 4th bedroom and 3rd bathroom which will be our guest area of the house. It is separate from the other bedrooms and bathrooms so our guests (Grandma and Frank) won’t worry about disturbing the boys and I won’t worry about the boys disturbing them! That wall paper…GONE! Those curtains that match the wallpaper….those were disgusting and so dirty they were stiff….it was gross. I took those down the first weekend I think. The ceiling fan will leave, to be replace with some other kind of fixture or can light.
This is a photo of the breakfast area from standing in the kitchen. The green room you see is the sun room. It is an old porch that was inclosed at some point. It has heating and air so it is part of the livable space.
Here is my lovely kitchen! It has so many more cabinet than my last house! You can see the red dining room to the right. The door to the left is the laundry room which also leads to the garage. The wall paper is gone, the tile is also gone, the ceiling fan will be leaving and new can lights will be installed. The cabinets will also be painted.
This is the guest room and the guest bathroom. (I reduced the size on the bathroom pic because it was too big. You cannot see the shower from this angle. Nothing spectacular in these two spaces. The guest room does have a door that leads out to the sun porch and the windows look out to the back yard and pool.
If you go back through the living room and into the sleeping quarters this is the first room you come to. It is just a normal bedroom and is on the front of the house. This will be the toy room for now. That 80’s style shelf at the top of the wall is gone. The carpet is gone. There will only be carpet in the hall and bedrooms on this side of the house.
The boys have a jack and jill style bathroom that links the front room and their bedroom. It was hard to get a picture. I was standing in the hall in for this one. You can see there are two rooms. The first room has a door to each bedroom and then the second room is where the tub and toilet are. This (if you follow me in other places) is where the termite damage was found. Behind the door to the boys room (on the right) is the built in linen closet.
So we weren’t going to be redoing in bathrooms beyond some paint and tile fixing at this point. But then my dad was in this room tearing down wall paper and find the old termite tracks. This room is almost a total loss at this point. Several of the studs will have to be replaced and it needs all new dry wall (except for the wall that faces the tub). We spent this weekend trying to get the cast iron tub out. (I have more photos of this for a different post.)
This is the middle room of the sleeping quarters and will be the boys room. It is bright pink with PAINTED black floors. Fortunately the carpet will over the black food. The built in desk area is already ripped out and the shelf above the window is out too.
At the end of the hall is our master bedroom and bathroom. Our windows look out to the pool area and patio. We also have a door that leads out to the sunroom. We have a big walk in closet in the room.
At the back of the bedroom on the left side is the “dressing area”. This area, as you can see, has a vanity with sink. Across from the vanity is another walk in closet. We won’t even start on the idea that there is carpet in this sink area. The wallpaper in this area was the easiest in the house to remove. The vanity is being ripped out tomorrow. At this point there will not be carpet in this area. We are going to paint the floor because we plan to remodel the entire master bath in the next few years. For now I have two tall IKEA cabinets that will be in this area for storage across from the closet.
Here you can see the second vanity and the shower after you enter the bathroom from the “dressing area”.
If you turn around you can see the lovely stencil motif on the wall….and also the little wall that “hides” the toilet. Fun fact…that wall is actually a book case! :) You can see my tiny tub across the way there and over the tub are two windows that do open!
I left out the long hall in the sleeping quarters. You can see the boys’ bathroom right there on the left. The next door down on the left is their bedroom. Our room is at the end of the hall. On the right….the first door is the water heater, the second door is a closet with shelves, and the third door is another walk in closet the size of the one in our bedroom. Immediately to my right (which you cannot see) is the door that leads to the living room. Behind that door is ANOTHER closet!
I don’t really have a great photo of the sun room for some reason. The boys already love that room best because it is like playing outside and inside at the same time!
Oh…and I forgot this little gem! It is a photo I took when we were justing looking at the house so it was when the other people were still living there….but this is just too great to not share…
This is our BAR! It has swinging doors and a pass through to the living room! The pass through has folding doors on it! :) So if you visit you can walk up to the bar (if the window is open of course) and request your drink of choice! :) Just kidding! This thing is totally going! We are closing up the hole in the wall and tearing out the sink and cabinet. This will be my new walk in pantry! This totally broke Emory’s heart. What 6-year-old could resist this play space?!?! Sorry Emory….we don’t drink buddy and even if we did I am not going to serve people in the living room through the bar! :)
I did find a photo of the laundry room from before the people moved out but they had laundry hanging up….so I won’t show that at this point.
OH I forgot the garage! :) The open door goes into the laundry room. The closed door is ANOTHER closet! :) We love the built in cabinets that are raised up and away from the parking area. And there is room for our freezer right next to the door going into the laundry room. That hole down low that is stuffed with a pillow…..dog/cat door (also leaving). The garage door has also been replaced. The old one had windows and the cable was about to snap….and it was rotting. So…nice new windowless door has been installed!
And last, but not least, is the pool! :) It had a diving board that was no longer completely bolted to the ground. That has been removed. It is a vinyl lined pool which we had never heard of before seeing this house. The pool is probably a whole post by itself at some point. Let’s just say we discovered it was rapidly leaking water after that first weekend we had the house. The pool has since been repaired and is holding water nicely now. I am already dreaming of next summer! :)
So there you go! :) We do have a start date on the painting and floor and repairs that have to be made before we move in. The contractor says they will start on October 27th. He said we will be moving in the weekend of December 13th. We will be in our new house for Christmas….which is really all Emory wants. :) I want it too!
I am already madly in love with our new home. We have already been making memories in our new house and we don’t even live in it yet! This house has plenty of room for us as the boys grow. The neighborhood is lovely and quiet and established. We met our across-the-street neighbor today and he kind of told us about our immediate neighbors. I cannot wait to meet them all. This is my dream house! It needs ALOT of love….but we can give it that and make it our in the process! :)
I was about to post when I found this photo from one of our first visits. You can see the living room from the door leading to the sleeping quarters. You can see our bar pass through there and the lovely built-in.