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Main Floor Walk Through

May 19, 2011

The new house is definitely in need of some love, which is why we got it at such a great deal.

New House - before

The view from the street. It's half of a duplex on the corner of a cul-de-sac. It needs new exterior paint, and there are some birds who have made the eaves their home. Steve is currently researching when and how to humanely remove the nests, while I keep asking him why he wants to be humane about it - they are freaking the dog out.

New House - before

Here's the entryway. A lot of great natural light from the windows in the stairway, on the door, and above the main door that is just out of frame. We hate that light fixture. And when I took this photo, Steve was in the process of removing the stair railing to sand and refinish.

New House - before

Directly to the right of the main door is the two car garage. Two cars! We need to insulate that door, also there is no fire safety door between the garage and the house, which we need to have installed before 6/1 to make the lender happy. Life safety blah blah.

New House - before

New House - before

To the right of the (missing) door to the garage is a closet converted into laundry area and a half bath that is small and missing a light and a fan. It will be a challenge to make the half bath feel more homey. We have a washer and dryer picked out, and Steve will be removing the cabinets to install open shelving.

New House - before

A small coat closet next to the stairs is an actual coat closet and access to the crawl space.

New House - before

New House - before

The living room has a wood burning stove, which is more energy efficient than a fireplace, and awful terrible wood slat nailed all along one wall. But what you can't see is the 2" rope that was nailed in the corners of the wall as trim. It was the first thing to come down, and the slats were next.

New House - before

The wood slat continues into the dining room, where there's an ugly light fixture that matches the one in the entry way. The laminate flooring throughout the main floor is peeling here in the dining room, revealing just how cheap it is. We'll eventually replace it.

New House - before

New House - before

The kitchen has a breakfast bar in the dining room, a pantry, an ugly light fixture that doesn't match any other light fixture in the house, and no refrigerator. Oh and the gas oven doesn't work, although the range and the broiler do.

New House - before

Through the sliding glass door in the dining room is the deck and shed in the small fenced in back yard. Olive has been enjoying investigating every square inch of the yard, but she hasn't quite understood that this is now her restroom.

New House - before

The back of the house from the small back yard shows how much it needs paint. And most (all?) of the exterior lights were wired with whatever kind of wire the previous homeowner could find: speaker wire, lengths of extension cord, anything that could be held together with electrical tape. That will be fun to fix.

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you know - i painted our wood around the fireplace. i looks kinda cool bc the wood gives it a cool texture. i had to use gobs of sealer on it (the stain kept leaking through) but it has been one of the best places to frequently change colors: green, orange, yellow, etc. all in the last 14 years.

Your new home has lots of wonderful possibilities. Thank you for sharing !

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