THE BEFORE TOUR: FIRST LEVEL

July 21, 2015

I feel I have been really teasing because last week I shared we bought a new house and then yesterday’s tour only gave you the outside. It is time to see the real heart of it – the interior! This is the first level tour which includes the entryway, powder room, office, dining room, mudroom, kitchen, and living room.

The video will give you the best grasp of the place, but I also have the iphone pictures I took during our inspection with the previous owner’s belongings still in the home. You will notice I already tore down some of the curtains. I did that within a few hours of being moved in, actually.

Video Notes
01. When talking about the office at :59, I meant to say it was intended to be a formal living, not dining, room
02. The second half of the video has some muffled audio problems. David says he is sorry; he accidentally had his hand on the microphone part of the time. (We forgive him!)

If you followed along during the house hunting process, you know I had two preferences for an entryway. First, for it to be a defined space not opening right into say, the living room. Second, that the stairs would be somewhere other than right next to the front door. I got my first wish, but compromised on the second.

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Off this hall, you see the coat closet and powder room on the right. On the left is the stairs to the basement. David and I joke about this tile because it is in nearly every home we have ever seen built around the 60’s and 70’s.

Of the many wallpapers you will see this house has, David says he actually really likes this one in the powder room. It is not so bad; I think if Rifle Paper Co. put it out as one of their patterns for next year, everyone would be all over it. This is the only wallpaper that might not be on the chopping block.

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To the left of the stairs you saw a glimpse into the formal living room which we will be using as an office, library, general workroom, and (one day) homeschooling room. So much!

This space will serve many different functions, so I have some thinking to do on how to break it up into several effective work zones.

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There you can see a peek of the dining room on the other side of the entry.

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The door across from the window goes to the mudroom and garage entry. It is the house’s most tricky area, in my opinion.

Part of me thinks having a full on mudroom would be really great for incoming traffic. However, you pass through this area to go from the kitchen to the dining room, so I must balance it not being so “mudroom-ish” that you would feel weird carrying dinner through it.

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I have quick plans to ditch the eating area in the kitchen. We are formal dining room people!

This kitchen is the least dated looking one in any home we toured. They already have the cabinets painted white, too! Of course I would have been up for doing it, but it looks like they used a professional and they are in decent condition.

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Lastly, we come to the living room. When I said above that we are formal dining room people, I also could have said we are not formal living room people (as indicated by turning ours into an office!). This will be our spot for things like entertaining, family time, board games, and movie watching.

(The man in the image above was our inspector, Jason. He is totally the best and I still call him with questions. He graciously gives me the time of day.)

To connect the dots from the exterior tour, that sliding door leads to the sunroom. Tomorrow we will show the rest of the house with a visit to the upstairs (all the bedrooms!) and basement.

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Comments

  • Marie

    That’s so adorable that you two did a run through of your old apartment and before reno of your new house. I wish my parents had done that when they moved out of their first house! I was less than a year old when we moved, and my older sibling always brings up “oh, remember the gazebo?” or “oh, remember the fruit trees?” No. No I don’t, lol, I l was not even one yet! Your kids are lucky that they’ll have this footage to look back on!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Wow, that’s a perk of it I had not even thought of! That will be special

  • jj

    Great house! Congrats. You two are so cute and I know you’re going to love fixing up your house and making it a home for your family.

    Just discovered the blog and already love it. I love your home picture (the one where you’re eating, lol.) So glad to see a young couple starting out, building a life on the good foundation, the only stable foundation – of the Lord.

    Will be checking back on your progress and to see that baby!

  • Niki

    Yay! Love the house, Rach. Thanks for sharing via videos and pics =) So excited for you guys!

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