- These pictures were taken during our second visit and the inspection.
- The backyard now features a lot of red clay because of the work that was done on the septic system.
- The house was not occupied for a year prior to us moving in. It was filthy. More on this soon.
- The house is not small or chic. More on that soon, too.
Here we go. I'm going to throw these photos in here and then run away and hide so I don't see your panicked faces when you realize what we've taken on.
The First Floor
These were taken moving counter clockwise around the first floor. The entrance hall connects to the kitchen (opposite the front door) and the living room.
The front door is a massive thing. It actually seems to be two doors that have been attached. The storm door is pretty old school. It's a well made, substantial door, but I'm not crazy about the metal work. I'll have to look into either replacing it or seeing if that metal work is some sort of insert that can be removed.
The living room is a large, sunny room. The floors are original. I know some people hate parquet floors, but they give me a feeling of nostalgia. That's possibly because an aunt might have had them in one of her apartments when I was young. Unfortunately, there are a lot of stains on the floors. They're clearly deep.
You'll notice that there are two kinds of floors on this floor. That's on the list of things to change.
The dining room image below was taken looking back towards the living room. The kitchen is to my back.
The kitchen is a bit unfortunate. It's very dark, yet it has huge sliders to an enclosed porch off the "eat in" area (you can see the reflection of the light in the cabinets that jut out into the room). The appliances were new and the quartz counters were installed in 2007 or 2008.
I thought the quartz counters were pink and a really odd choice. I dug around and found that they are called "Copper Sunset." How lovely.
The doorway in the far corner goes back to the front hall. The stairs go down to the lower level.
Here's where the difference in my photos is really apparent. The one above was taking during the inspection with a fancy lens I borrowed from a friend (a lens that is worth more than my camera body!). The image below was taken with one of my lens and without turning the overhead light on. Oops.
The enclosed porch is very sunny and bright, but not insulated too well, so it'll probably be a three season space.
There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor. A two-story addition was built in 2001 or so that added a sunroom off the master bedroom (the first floor part of the addition is a sunroom on the lower level).
There are only seven steps between the first and second floors.
We have a green toilet. Can you guess what year this house was built?
The first bedroom looks like a graph paper cube. We're pretty sure this was a boy's room.
The second bedroom was used as a master in later years. The floors are trashed. A note left by the seller identifies the source of the stains...his old dog marked it. I can't be mad. Poor thing must have been so old.
The master is quite large and this picture doesn't even show the sunroom, which is off to the right. This room was used as a workshop or office in later years. The finish on the floors on the left side of the room is worn down from an office chair rolling back and forth over time.
The master bathroom is two rooms. The first has a vanity and one of two closets in the master suite. The second has the toilet and shower.
The Lower Level
This is Marc's favorite part of the house. Another short staircase (this one from the kitchen) leads down to a tiny hallway (more a square landing). There's a bathroom to the right and the living space ahead.
I'm thrilled that this level is above ground. I'm not even calling it a basement.
That's the lower part of the two-story addition that was added.
I think this was billed as another bedroom, but we will probably use it as an office.
The last room is a huge utility room. After years of setting up my drying rack in the kitchen, I'm excited that there's a dedicated space for laundry!
Over the weekend, I'll put together a floor plan. I know my descriptions didn't really convey the flow of the rooms. I already have some projects to share.
By this time next week, I should have this blog "caught up" to present day. It's a good thing...I'm used to bouncing ideas off people via the blog and I need input on some decisions!