Since we’ve escaped the mess of our boxes and boards for the weekend, I thought I’d catch you (my 3 readers) up on where this mess started. I posted back in January about part of our bizarre experience buying this house. Long story short, the other Realtor finally got back to us and we closed on the house at the end of February, a full two months before the lease on our rental house was over. The plan was to do the renovations and then move in. That didn’t happen.

We finally gave up on the “renovate and then move” idea and at the end of May adopted the “move and then renovate” plan. Definitely not ideal but perhaps all the time we’ve now spent thinking about the renovation has saved us from some big mistakes.

Some before pics (in order to illustrate the need for this renovation).

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Pretty much the reason we bought this house. So cute and with a great front porch. So cute and great that we just ignored the awful vinyl siding. And though you can’t see it in this picture, the chimney kind of leans a bit.

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Rear view. Not loving the red paint on the decking. And I HATE lattice. But still, did you see the front porch?

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Lattice, lattice, everywhere. Weekend project in my mind.

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The living room. We didn’t notice that every wall has a different texture treatment. I did notice the sconces, but that just means there’s power up there for the day when I do my all out holiday decorating! Replace the window treatments, paint the walls (or perhaps the fireplace?)

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The dining room. Just needs some paint. The various iterations of the plan have included moving the cased opening to the kitchen but the current (final?) plan leaves it in the current location. Oh and the ceilings in both the dining room and living room were given and texture at some point. And there’s a crack in the dining room ceiling but the contractor says it’s nothing. We shall see.

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The kitchen. Serious issues here. Like no base cabinets. And drawers that fall on the floor if pulled too far. And teal countertops. What is up with teal countertops? Our house before last had teal countertops (and red faux tile floors). To be honest, when we were looking at the house I really thought that cosmetic issues aside I could live with this kitchen for a while. Turns out there is no place to put pots or prepare a meal or store even a fraction of my kitchen stuff.

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The master bedroom. The only real problem with this room is that closet. Way too small for one person let alone two. It also isn’t deep enough and hangers have to go in at an angle.

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Another shot of the master. The built in bookcase needs to go and take the wallpaper with it. The door to the bathroom used to be a door to a closet we think which explains why it is 6 inches smaller/lower than the door to the room.

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The aforementioned bathroom. It’s the only full bath in the house. This is major problem number 1 and one of the main motivations for the addition/remodel. Also, the tub isn’t level.

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A close up of the tile. I think this speaks for itself.

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Stairs to the second floor. The curve wouldn’t be bad if they weren’t so steep. Also there isn’t adequate headroom to get furniture upstairs (or down as you’ll see).

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The landing upstairs. We were worried from the beginning about BB waking in the night and navigating these stairs but it hasn’t been a problem (the navigation that is, not the waking). The wallpaper has been ripped by both RB and BB in moments of frustration – it wasn’t left in this condition by the seller.

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The upstairs half bathroom. Major problem number 2.

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Upstairs bedroom number 1. The furniture that couldn’t make it down those stairs and was thus left by the seller. I’m thinking of painting it and using it to store toys and dress-ups.

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Standing in upstairs bedroom number 1 and looking through to upstairs bedroom number 2. Major problem number 3 is that you can’t get to bedroom 2 without going through bedroom 1.

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“Closet” in upstairs bedroom 2. It has a hanging bar but like the closet in the master it is not deep enough to hanger without turning it at an angle.

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But it is so cute from the road AND it has a great front porch.

(J)BB

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