Our new house is a beautiful three bedroom, two and a half bath 1900 square foot home. It has great bones, architectural details, light, flow and space, and I think there is a lot of room for potential here. We plan on starting with cosmetic changes – a fresh coat of paint, refinishing the hardwood floors and installing new baseboards and doors. I have a few ideas about the feeling I want to achieve for the space but nothing is set in stone. We would like to eventually update the kitchen and the bathrooms and even open things up and add on a little, but we are going to put all that on hold until our bank account recovers from the down payment.
Let’s take a tour. Here’s how the house looked when we first saw it -
This is the formal living room and dining room. We are so glad the original hardwood floors are in great shape and flow throughout the rest of the house (with the exception of the kitchen and the family room) and that big bay window in the living room makes me so happy. We are making minor changes in these two rooms that we hope will make a big impact – putting a fresh coat of white paint on the walls and trim, refinishing the hardwood floor with a beautiful dark stain, installing flush mount speakers in the ceiling, swapping out the light fixtures and furnishing. Although we have a decent amount of furniture coming from our condo, I have nothing for these two rooms and plan on buying everything new!
Right now the kitchen is clean and fully functioning. It’s a decent size and there is quite a bit of storage and counter space as you can see. The cabinets are from IKEA and are in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, it’s not big enough to fit a table, but right now it’s just us two and this layout works fine. We are going to live in it for a while to see how we use the space and then do some renovations in a year or two or whenever the budget allows for it. For now we just want to do some minor updates like paint, new light fixtures and new appliances.
The family room is rather large and we have big plans for it. A few being rip out the ceramic tile, install hardwood flooring, remove the drop ceiling and replace with drywall, install pot lights, makeover the fireplace and build a bar. We plan on tackling this to do list next spring. For now we just want to paint, install new light fixtures, build some shelving, install new doors and furnish. The family room is my least favorite room in the house right now but I’m going to do my best to get this space feeling cozy.A major bonus for this house was the screened in porch. It’s big, bright, spacious and overlooks the backyard. No big plans here except a fresh coat of white paint and some window treatments. I see a lot of porch sitting and cocktail hours in our future.
Here are a few photos of these rooms empty - Read we bought a house part 1 here and stay tuned for part 3 of the home tour which includes a look at the bedrooms and bathrooms.