THE BEFORE TOUR: SECOND LEVEL & BASEMENT

July 23, 2015

Today all will be laid bare in the house tour. I have managed to get this far without shout-typing my excitement too excessively. Up the stairs we go!

(These photos were taken during our inspection with some of the previous owner’s items in the home.)

Video Notes
01. There is a little microphone muffling at the beginning. Sorry!
02. I have not yet mentioned that the previous owners left some furniture in the house for us. Most of it is in the boys’ room and then there is a desk in the dining room and several side tables hidden in the office under the clutter. I will maybe try some refurbishing on them or just craigslist for some extra house-spending cash.

I like how this house has a landing with the bedrooms surrounding it rather than a narrow hall. With how the doors are configured there is not a lot of space for furnishings, but I may finagle a shelf in somewhere.

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I previously mentioned the laundry set up is in the basement, but that I have some schemes to bring it elsewhere. A couple friends and family we know who have laundry in or near their master bedroom absolutely rave about that set up.

The landing has a large linen closet which I have my eye on to one day renovate into the laundry facilities. It feels larger than this picture would have you believe and I think the machines could fit.

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Our inspector commented that having a decent sized master suite was uncommon in floor plans designed in our house’s time period.  We are happy about having a master bathroom (its potential, that is).

(The tape measurer is marking off the size of a king bed.)

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After the master, there are three more bedrooms. For now, we are calling them the boy(s?) room, nursery, and guest room (shown respectively).

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The children and guest bath is reminding me that I have to mention this home’s soffits. They are all over the place – two in the kitchen, and one in the powder room, master, and children’s bathroom. I think the rooms would all feel bigger if they are gone.

Jason the Inspector confirmed all the soffits are cosmetic only and could be removed. (Which is great news as there could have been something like a vent or wiring running through them.)

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As we jump down to the basement, we can recap that the house does indeed have three different cream, a brown, two different blues, and a green carpeting. All of it will go!

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Did you see the laundry? Yes, it is currently down in a basement dungeon, but having my own set up is one of the best sights this renter’s eyes have beheld in 2 and 1/2 years! While I have a long list of decor improvements for the basement, I plan to keep it pretty bare as an open play area for little ones.

These tours did not go into much detail about what my vision for each room is, but those posts will come later in a room by room breakdown. You might be surprised to guess what we will tackle first!

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.

THE BEFORE TOUR: EXTERIOR

July 20, 2015

After keeping a secret for so long, I am too ready to talk shop about the new house. All of my thoughts can be shared here instead of drowning David with my continual stream of ideas.

Let us start at the beginning with everyone’s favorite, a nice “before” tour. Today, we are doing the exterior.

Video Notes:
01. Being outside, this video has lots of walking, so you will see some camera shake
02. David wants me to specify the cherry tree is not in “full bloom.” I just meant it was really big and full! I am no botanist.

Well, it is a colonial. You are probably not surprised since I scarcely stopped talking about how much I loved them. I was open to other looks, but knew a place with this facade was probably going to edge out the competition. David and I are traditional people and this house just feels like “us.”

Near the end of our hunt, there was a mid century ranch we almost bought. Its missing piece was that “us” factor, a place where we felt like ourselves and at home.

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The exterior is lovely, but of course there are still lots of things I want to work on. The biggest project will be adding a portico to soften the front entry.

The front yard is much of the plot of land, which makes me toy with the idea of adding a fence so it would be more friendly for kids playing there too. We will have to look up if our neighborhood has any rules for this. (Someone on our street has a chain link in their backyard, though. That makes me think there are probably are not any regulations.)

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We love the extra space in the 2 and 1/2 garage and I fell for the charm of the dormers. (I need to fix that those panes are not matching!)

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The backyard is more like a side yard because it is narrow and the real side yard is larger. The sunroom is in this area, but you cannot see it from this angle because the bushes are quite overgrown.

Before moving in, David said the single thing he is most excited to do in the house is grilling and eating in the sunroom. Count me in! Not having to spend another summer holiday in our apartment cave will be fantastic.

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The sunroom has two doors, exiting both directions. One leads to the driveway and the other to the side yard. Are you ready for what is in store here?

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It is a modest half basketball court. I know it does not look like much, but I am really thankful the house has this. This is not because I plan to shoot hoops often, but because David is completely thrilled.

A house with some land was his biggest item on the wish list and when he decided we should not pursue it anymore I hoped we would find something still special for him. The basketball court has completely made up for that and more in his eyes, which makes me a happy wife. It is kind of a basketball court in a forest, which if I had to describe David’s dream activity, it might be playing basketball in a forest.

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The next part of the tour will be my favorite – going inside!

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