As soon as I walked into this house, I loved it. It just felt like home to me. It wasn’t shiny and new with massive open spaces or most of the other things that are suppose to impress you. I just knew this was the place for our family.
You know I have plans, but all in due time. For now, I’m just going to show you what it initially looked like when we found it. (Most are the MLS pictures.)
This is the room you see when you first walk in, and although probably a formal living room, I plan to make it our dining room (and install overhead lighting). I love the idea of a dining room with French doors that open into the family room.
On the flip side of the entryway is the designated dining room, which I’m envisioning as a small, cozy den—and probably where our piano will go once it arrives.
The family room. I’m planning to lighten things up in here. The screened porch connects to this room so it doesn’t get a lot of natural light. We’ve never lived in a house with 8’ ceilings before. I know I’m probably suppose to dislike those, but they feel cozy to me.
And, speaking of the screened porch. . . I think this might be the room I’m most excited about. I’ve already started having my quiet time and coffee out there in the mornings. It’s where I’m writing this post from now. Heavenly!
We did lose some counter space in the kitchen, but I don’t feel like we lost much storage. I really like its location. This house isn’t a total open concept plan, and I’m enjoying that the heart of the house isn’t close to the kids’ bedrooms. It’s a new life to not have to try and make my morning coffee or load the dishwasher without making a sound.
I probably see a two-phase redesign for this area, which I’ll share with you soon. The kitchen already looks a bit different than what you see here. We were lucky that the previous owners gave us a head start with beautiful hardwoods throughout the downstairs and new appliances.
I’m keeping the same basic layout from our other house in the master bedroom. I’m adding a smaller desk between the windows, where I’ll probably end up working most of the time.
Master bath. It’s hard to see from this angle, but it’s a good size with a tall window, which I love. There’s also a bit of space beside of every toilet in the house for a little storage piece or a big basket, etc. It’s the little things that make me happy :)
This is the space at the top of the stairs. To the left is the laundry closet. To the right is the kids’ big (wallpapered-for-now) bathroom.
This is one of the kids’ rooms, just to show you an example. One thing that surprised us was the size of each room for a house built in the 80’s. And, a huge bonus is that each kid can have their own space—if the twins ever actually want to separate. . . For now, they’re sharing.
I’m always a sucker for a room with angled ceilings and this house has two of them. This one will be our “den/playroom/place where we exile the kids.”
There are also a few other little “quirky” things that make me happy, like a little window nook at the end of a narrow hallway. Potential for something adorable to happen! It also leads to a huge walk-up attic, which we dream about converting half of into a big den someday. I’ll show you more along the way. Trust me, there will be very few fast-moving projects.
And, finally, the other thing that sold us. A big yard with some great, huge trees.
It’s so different from our last house, but I hope you’re feeling the potential with me :) It’s there, I promise.
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