So who’s excited to see our little diamond in the rough? Remember when we said this home was a foreclosure? Well, while ripping off years of overgrown ivy on the front of the house, we met some of our new neighbors who told us a little background on our place. He said that the previous owner fell on some hard times and decided to move across the globe. In doing so, he forgot to pay his electric bill and what they say is true, when you don’t pay, they turn it off. Harmless, right? Well seems that after some time with no electric there was a large storm with lots of rain. Clogged gutters, poor drainage, and no electric to turn on the sump pump meant a disaster began brewing in the basement. Some time that winter, one of the pipes in the second floor bath must have also burst and flooded the entire first floor and added to an already destroyed basement. Some one was able to notify the owner who came back to find the house in ruin. Upon entering, we’re told, he decided he could not fix the mess and so he left again. This time for good.
At least he turned the water off before he left this time! All that’s to say don’t judge too much on the photos! All the damage is being addressed in our work but these should give you a feel for some of the spaces we’ll have. (Feel free to click on the photos to enlarge them, it might come in handy down the road when you see the floor plan…unless you have a magnifying glass handy. ;))
Front of the house on the day we closed. The snow added a ‘cabin feel’ to the photo even though we are far from being isolated!
Another shot of the front of the house. You can tell from the sunshine and green grass that this photo was taken at some point before January. You’ll also notice that we do have a sunroom buried somewhere under all that ivy.
A view looking back at the house from the backyard. Those windows at the bottom let a TON of light into the basement! The pair of windows on the first floor to the right will become french doors in the dining room and will open up onto an eventual deck.
A quick view of the jungle backyard. It’s overgrown and has lots of hidden treasures, like old tree stumps, but it is large and flat and Riese can’t wait to run around it!
That was a quick tour around the outside of the house. It is clear that ivy took over this entire house and yard and we have been slowly trying to pull and cut it back. Seems like it will be a continued effort eliminating it and the bamboo garden that’s taken over!
Ready to head inside? Here is the floor plan so you can place the photos as if you’re walking through. Sorry for their crudeness, I just exported them quickly from Sketch-Up (we’ve been designing the new plans in 3D to work with our contractor and Sketch-Up is a quick program that allowed us to jump in quickly!)
First Floor Plan
Welcome home! Here’s your view as you walk in the front door! Don’t mind that there is no ceiling or walls. We just love that we’ll have an actual foyer!
Still in the foyer and turned to the left. We’ve got big plans for that little coat closet on the left. You can see into the living room and through to the dining room (red walls).
Just a quick shot back towards the front door.
Here’s the living room. A BIG upgrade in space from what we have now. We love that there’s a fireplace and 3 large windows. The door on the far wall goes into the sunroom and you can see how open the room is to the dining room. (that’s our realtor by the fireplace getting some paperwork together).
Oh boy, someone liked them some deep, red walls! These will be going, stat! The little windows on the right will become french doors to the (future) deck. The wall on the right will be opened up to the kitchen where we’ll have an island.
And here’s the kitchen, or what’s left of it! The bank had everything removed before listing so the only thing left was some plumbing hanging out of the wall and one little light. The wall on the right is the one that will be opened up to the dining room. The steps into the basement are just inside to the left of the left-hand doorway which leads back to the foyer.
The sunroom was originally a porch off the living room. It has some charm now, but we have big plans for this space. It will become G’s playroom and we’d ultimately like to add floor to ceiling windows to part of the space.
That just about rounds out the first floor. On to the second! Here’s another floor plan to keep you organized.
Second Floor Plan
A view looking back down the stairs. You can get a sense of how open they are from the first to second floor. They are also in really great shape so we’re excited to have them refinished along with the rest of the hardwoods.
This is the landing at the top of the stairs looking towards the bathroom. There were mixed feelings about this landing when we first saw the house. I liked how open it was to below and that all the bedrooms opened up to it. Naomi originally wanted more of a hallway to get to the bedrooms. One of the many compromises that were made. What you don’t see is that there is a large window on the left that lets a ton of light into this space.
The full bath needs some lovin’! Painting, fixtures, an actual sink are all part of the plan.
A quick photo of the master bedroom. It is very spacious compared to our 12’x11.5′ current room. It has 2 closets and 3 windows that let in lots of light.
Bedroom #1 is very large and will become Gabriella’s room. We, of course, will be painting every square inch of this room because even though we have a daughter, those that know us know we’d NEVER have a room that looks like this for her!
The second bedroom is pretty standard. It’s a good size with a large closet and two windows.
The basement of the home originally contained a large family room and a 1/2 bath. When the basement flooded, all of that was destroyed so right now it is one wide-open space:
Photos of it look terrible, but there are a lot of good size windows down there. Our plan is to redesign this space to have a family room, 1/2 bath, laundry room, dedicated guest bedroom, and a storage/utility room. It may not happen right away, but we’re excited by all the potential down there!
There you have it, our new project(s). The images are quite rough but we hope you can see the same potential we do. Work is actually underway so we’ll be sharing some of the progress photos soon! 🙂