The all-consuming project of the month is–THE HOUSE! Yes, we had closing a few weeks ago, so we’ve had a lot of excitement around here–lots and lots of decision making and planning, too. About every other time I go over to the house I think that there is sooooo much work to do, and every other time I’m amazed at the great condition surrounding the repairs we need to do. It will take Steve a few weeks (hopefully not turning into months) to do the repair work. We’ve always wanted to buy a cheap fixer-upper. The difference in this and the older homes we looked at is better structure, new windows, and good insulation! It’s disappointing that I’m not feeling well enough to help with painting and what not, but there’s not much to do about it.
I’ll show you a few pictures. Most of the rooms are fairly small, so it’s not really possible to get a great view of the whole room, but it might give you an idea of what it looks like.
First room you walk into through the front door–
The room on the left (It’s YELLOW in case you couldn’t tell) will be a guest room/nursery. The entrance will get a wood flooring. I’d kind of like to have that for the whole room, but we’re leaning toward carpet for this area. We have hardwood throughout most of our current house. We love the look, but we’re ready for some soft flooring, and I especially want a place where the boys can tussle and Steve can horse around with them. Neither of those feel very good on hardwood.
This is the stairway, and also the entrance to the kitchn/dining room area (red).
The door to the right is a bathroom. Then we have a little closet for coats and shoes, a closet that currently houses a water heater, but will be turned into a pantry, a closet space under the stairs (can’t see it in this picture), and in the red section a closet that is the laundry space. I am sooooo happy about all this storage space!
The Guest Room/Nusery:
Unfortunately, whoever decided to take off with the bathroom fixtures didn’t bother turning off the water before ripping out the wall and fixtures. After months of wet walls and floors and hot summer temperatures, the mold thrived in prime conditions. The first time Steve worked at the house, he got sick and was out for nearly a week. He’s been wearing a mask since then and making sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Hopefully he’ll be able to get rid of the problem areas soon.
I do like yellow, but these walls are a little too yellow for my taste. :) I’m hoping to turn this into a restful gray and white room with yellow accents.
Moving on to the kitchen:
To the left of the door we have the kitchen area. The kitchen area is actually nice sized, but because of the layout of the room and cabinets there is not a lot of cabinet space. Even with what is there, there’s wasted space since the corners aren’t used. We tore these out, and are putting in a new kitchen. At first we thought we could just add to them since we’re painting them white. However, we’re going to adjust the layout a little to bring in a little more storage, so it just didn’t work too well. Most of the cabinets are in pretty good shape. We might be able to use them for storage in other parts of the house.
Anyone know much about these sinks? This one is stained and chipped. Are they easy to repair? I like the white look, but I’m wondering if they’re a good investment if the finish is chipping after only seven years.
I had to add this one to give you a little better idea of the brightness of the red wall. :) Whoever lived here liked COLOR. The stove, fridge, and dishwasher are–we think–in working condition, so we’ll try to clean and use them.
Dining room area:
We’re in a place of indecision with the flooring. We don’t like (shiny) tile because of it being such a cold hard surface to work on–especially not right now with being in a stage of lots of dropped dishes (shattering) and soon having a crawling baby. We wanted hardwood, but were thinking laminate to save cost. The more I read about it, the more I’m not sure about using laminate in a kitchen where there are lots of spills and liquid drips… Vinyl? My dream look is really dark espresso hardwood, but I’m rethinking the options. Suggestions?
Master Bedroom Area:
I don’t have too many pictures, but this room is a basic rectangle. The door is another back entrance. Eventually it would be neat to have a little veranda going off of here. :)
Walk in closet! Did you notice those words? :)
There’s a shower in the back corner:
It’s a two part stairway. This first part is from the LR to the landing.
View that Zachary’s checking out:
The blue room at the far end of the hallway is the boys’ room. Right in the middle is a small bathroom and across from it a nice sized linen closet. I just have to say it again–I’m sooooo happy about all the closets! (If you’ve ever lived in old houses you understand my happiness) Another thing I love is that there are access doors to attic storage on both sides of the office as well as the boys’ room.
At least one toilet survived the raid.
View from the window in this room:
Our front yard
and across the street. We are the last street in our little section of houses, so we have vacant spaces instead of houses across from us. There is one other street that curves around behind this set of trees which makes me feel better. It’s funny how in a city you actually feel safer surrounded by people then where there’s too much space. Not having lots of people right around us was one of my disappointments with this location, but I still believe God has us on this street for a purpose.
We haven’t met any of our neighbors, yet, but I waved at an older lady who lives next door to us. [happy]. I was especially pleased to see a few children just up the street from us. Zachary so badly wants someone to play with and I find friendships the easiest to start with children.
Steve is coming home in a few minutes, and we’ll be off for supplies again.