If you follow me on twitter (which you should!), you know that we moved. Finally. It’s not a total dump but it does need work. Some cosmetic. Yay, painting! Some major work. Boo, leaks and termites and wonky ductwork! I’m so glad Chris talked some sense into me and kept us from buying a total moneypit. It’s only a moderate moneypit. Let’s take a house tour!
The kids love it but it took some time for them to get used to all the space. After living a year near disgusting college boys in 800 square feet, 2000 square feet seems positively obscene in it’s grandeur. The best part is that is that it’s on TWO FULL ACRES! TWO FULL FENCED AND WOODED ACRES!
I can walk around butt booty nekkid and not worry about scandalizing my neighbors. Here’s an aerial shot so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about. This house tour post will be chock full o’pictures. The brown line is the six foot tall privacy fence.
Before I start posting pics of the house proper, here’s more of my kickass Picmonkey skills. I tried making a floor plan with those free just-makes-floor-plans websites but this was easier and just as effective. It’s not as many colors as the floor plan suggests. I was just trying to differentiate the rooms so it would be easier to read. Here’s the floor plan (NOT to scale):
First Floor: The dog area is a small fenced in area attached to the house. The old owners left the doghouse there.
Second floor: Only the master bedroom and bathroom up there. Yes, I misspelled balcony. Let’s keep it moving.
Now that you’re oriented to where things are, let’s see the house proper. I did straighten things for the pics a little so I wouldn’t seem like a total slob. But this is pretty much how we live. Also, we’re decorated for Halloween
Living room, or where leftover furniture goes to die. I love the skylights in here. Eventually, we’ll get a wood burning fireplace and some furniture.
Office: I love the this space. After the kids’ rooms this was the second room that’s ‘finished’
Hallway: It’s really long and narrow. Perfect for filling with balloons and letting the kids run through it. There used to be a cutout to the living room along the long wall. We can see the shoddy patchwork. We’ll probably open it back up again.
Lex & Thalia’s room: The balloons are left over from Lex’s birthday.
TV room/ Guest room: We can’t technically (legally) call it a bedroom because there’s only one egress. Chris is making noise about putting in a window, but no. It’s nice and dark at night which is perfect for movie watching. There’s a skylight which it keeps it from being too cave-like.
Kids’ Bathroom: The vanity is insanely huge. The door can’t swing all the open because hits the edge of it. I’d like to replace it with something smaller someday.
Dining room: In the original house (built in 1979), this area was the kitchen. We’re in the process of building a banquette next to the cabinet. The walls are all wavy from the shoddy job that was done in removing the original kitchen. Eventually, we’ll wallpaper or maybe grasscloth the wall. The weird divider thing in the opening between the kitchen and dining room will come out to fully open the space.
Kitchen: This area is in the newer part of the house (includes kitchen, world’s largest mudroom, stairs and bedroom upstairs) built in 1991. That sexy hole in the ceiling will get covered by planks. We’ll probably reface the cabinets. And I think I want to do pennies in epoxy on the island countertop.
World’s Largest Mudroom: This room seems like an afterthought. It’s the backdoor of the house and it’s really ridiculously large. I’d like to put in a bench and hooks and shelves and baskets for all our crap so it stops being a crap pileup. It’s also where we store crap that we’re still working on. The old cabinets are from the dining room. The mudroom also has a small laundry room/ bathroom.
Ok, upstairs! There’s so much I want to do the bedroom to make it look like adults live here. Get a rug, get the bed off the floor, upholster the box springs, plank the wall behind the bed, build a headboard…the list goes on and on. There’s a small balcony attached to the room which overlooks the backyard. There’s also a craft room.
Craft room: Still in the process of finding a place for everything. but that still isn’t stopping me from starting projects.
Balcony: That broke down deck was the old deck which was attached to the house. It had to be removed during the buying process because the septic tank was located right underneath it and the septic tank needing replacing. In choosing between flushable toilets and a deck, toilets win every time.
Master Bathroom: This is a hard room to shoot. Very tiny and the toilet area is kind of separate (there used to be a door that the old owners took out). I’d like to replace the vanities eventually, but they’re perfectly fine for now.
The Playground: This was broken when we moved in. Chris fixed it up over the summer. The kids LOVE it of course. But so do I. I can push them to go out and play when they’re driving me crazy and they will! It’s wonderful.
House, Exterior, Back:
And that’s it!