We aren't sure how long we are going to be living in the house but more than likely it will be several years. While there, we are planning to make the house our home :) We are somewhat sad to be leaving our house we live in now, but in our current situation it's not financially an option right now. Still hoping it sells soon!
Brent's grandparents moved into this house in the early 1960's. We aren't exactly sure when it was built, but it's quite old. I've always wanted to live in a charming older home and that is what excites me about this one :) For not, we are not going to be putting too much money into this home for multiple reasons.
I love reading blogs about houses and updates as well as decorating. I thought I would post a few pictures of updates we do along the way. I took these pictures a few weeks ago when the transition was starting to take place. We are still living at our current house right now and going over almost daily to get some things done. Some things we having are/must/want to repair consist of:
-There is no AC upstairs. We are have having a window unit put in upstairs.
-The electrical has some issues and of course that is extremely important to get fixed and checked. At one point, only certain appliances could be run..but not at the same time.
-There is some ceilings and walls with damage from roof leaks in the past. The roof was always fixed outside but the damage inside had not been. So the cracks must be fixed.
-There are some openings in closets to the attic that must be closed off so bugs and what not don't get in.
-Paint bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen
-Remove wallpaper from full bath.
-Basement cleaned out. I didn't get a before picture...but it was covered in dust from when the french drain was installed. Brent worked his booty off lat weekend to get it cleaned and it is making a HUGE difference.
-A few light fixtures replaced
-Leak in guest bathroom sink
-Having carpets cleaned in master
-Replacing carpet in middle room (nursery). It's old and Cohen will need new and fresh :)
- A vent from master bedroom to middle room for air flow.
-The toilets need some work but probably not replaced just yet because we hear that can end up being more of a task that it's worth. So for now, probably new seats and such.
There are a few other things but these are the ones that come to mind quickest.
One of our good friend's dads does remodeling and his has offered to help us!
Brent's grandmother lived in this house at least 50 years. These pictures are mostly before we started to move things out.
Maid's room..which will be a pantry type room for us. (I believe it is called a maid's room because when these houses were built, there was often a room built for a maid with a separate outside door entrance) There is no outdoor entrance anymore as Brent's grandparents removed it and open the kitchen to have a doorway into the room...
maid's room..(To the left is the doorway to the kitchen. When that was closed off, the fridge was there)
the breakfast area which is next to kitchen (kitchen on left)
one of the dinning room walls...
I love the rounded french doors.
looking onto dinning area from breakfast area....
another wall in dinning room...
more pretty french doors that open onto a covered porch....
closet and door leading to porch
guest bath (downstairs)...
this is as if you are heading down the stairs (from 2nd floor). There is attic fan behind screen...
full bath (upstairs)
has anyone ever glazed a tub? Our friends just did theirs white and it looks awesome. It wasn't expensive so we will see about that in the future.
Middle room. We will make this room the nursery. The master is to the right of it. Yes, that is wallpaper, but luckily it is on really good so we are just painting over it! I didn't snap the picture of the old green carpet.
I think Cohen will be a dog lover so the cats must go...His dad is so allergic these will probably make him sneeze....
end room... this will be the spare bedroom/office type room
Brent going through books....
Isn't it cute? :) I LOVE the archways, french doors, wood floors, plantation shutters, etc. It has lots of character!
The next post will be one of the upstairs in progress and the downstairs being set up for the estate sale.
Since Brent's grandmother has downsized, there will be an estate sale of her things. She has requested that the proceeds from the sale go to a trust account for Cohen and his medical needs. I about fell over when I heard that. Brent's grandmother loves him so much. The trust is being set up right now. We also have lots of friends and family donating items they do not want or need to the sale. Last night, Brent and I went and picked up an old washer and dryer from a couple who had just bought new. I had met the girl once or twice before. She is a good family friend of one of our friends. She heard about our situation from our friend and emailed me about the washer and dryer. People are so kind! Cohen is one loved little boy! The sale will be not this weekend but the next, May 6th-8th.