At the end of what had turned into a really detailed showing (you know, the kind where we're already planning where our furniture goes in each room), Bryan and I walked around a little by ourselves while our realtor was on a phone call, and he said something that has stuck with me for the last several weeks while we've been waiting to actually close.
He said, "I don't want to flip a house, but I'd feel good about flipping this house."
He was right. To steal lingo from House Hunters, the house has really good bones. The layout works, the amount of space is amazing, the neighborhood is absolutely perfect, and there are no major issues with the construction of the house--no electrical, plumbing, or structural problems.
But there are lots of cosmetic things that we want to change to make it fit our styles better. That's what Bryan meant about flipping. We don't need to completely renovate any room, but in painting, changing the floors, and even merely changing outlet and light switch covers, we will make it an absolutely wonderful Katie-and-Bryan house!
So, without any further adieu, here are the "before" pictures.
There's not too much that we don't like about the outside. Sure, there's little things like some weeds in the driveway and some overgrowing plants, but nothing that can't be fixed quickly.
Plus, I am so excited to try gardening!
The front door will probably get replaced or at least a new coat of paint soon. This is before my first purchase for the new house; now we have a striped doormat on our front porch! (Such grownups.)
Living Room & Dining Room
Here's that same lovely photo from yesterday. This is what you see right when you walk in the door and turn slightly to the left. (Well, except I'm not always making that pose.) You can see the magenta all around you. The walls are currently a peach color.
This is the same space, but this time taken from the dining area. The low-hanging lighting fixture is meant to go above the dining room table. The door opening on the left leads to the kitchen. This photo also offers a lovely view of the magenta trim, outlet covers, and front door.
This gives a better sense of how the area flows. To my right, in that little alcove, is a coat closet that's under the stairs. The breakfast area and kitchen are through those openings.
I love this photo of me and my mother-in-law looking out the window toward the backyard. The door leads to the deck and the backyard. Most importantly, I have always wanted a pot rack! (Even though I'm pretty sure I'll always think of Paranormal Activity 2 when I see it.)
Bryan basically took this photo from the space where I was standing before. The vinyl flooring is in pretty good shape, and though the exterior of the cabinets is pretty grimy and not my favorite color, the insides are so pretty. Plus, I would never dream of complaining about all this space in the kitchen!
If you keep walking to the left of that last photograph, you come into a tiny little hallway that leads to the half-bathroom. Though this room probably currently has the best painting job of the whole house, we're still hoping to eventually paint it a pale purple, lavender-y color.
Laundry Room & Pantry
Turning left out of the bathroom is the laundry room and walk-in pantry area. We have these lovely shelves that we can use for pantry space or entryway storage space (the garage is to the left of the shelves).
Here's the laundry side (that's the water heater) and the door to the garage.
The lawn already looks better now that we've had it mowed, but you'll still get the basic idea. This is the side yard to the left of the house. The shed will eventually hold our lawn tools--or just get scrapped. The original owners used it for some shade for their dogs.
Here's the view from the deck that's right outside that door from the kitchen. I love our trees! They're live oak trees, and the curves in their trunks are so cool.
From the deck looking to the other side.
This photo just cracks me up because of how faux-artsy it is. Unintentionally, I promise.
To the left through that gate is a smaller area that's fenced in, which the previous owners used to keep the dogs in a smaller area.
Thrilling, I know.
Love these cabinets. And how nice of them--they left us the magenta paint!
Pretty unremarkable. I just can't believe we have a house that has a staircase!
The master bedroom sits over the garage, and out the window is a beautiful view of the neighborhoods on the hills.
The two doors on the right wall both lead into the master bath.
I'd never really seen master bathrooms set up like this before our house hunt. When you walk in the left door, you get the tub and shower on the left, then two walk-in closets, and one vanity on the right. There's another vanity directly on the other side of the mirror.
The two closets.
And here's what it looks like walking in through the other door. The toilet is behind a wall on the right, and the other door in the far right corner is the linen closet.
And that's how the two vanities are set up.
This is the other full bathroom on the second floor.
Man Cave/Media Room
Hard to imagine this room with a big TV and lots of video games, right?
This is the other window that looks out the front of the house.
Too funny. But behind this door lies a huge closet that Bryan's really excited to turn into some sweet DVD and video game storage eventually.
This room is going to be used as an office for me (I'm one of the few people in the world left who prefer working on desktops!), and the closet will be perfect to hold teaching supplies and classroom books.
This is all set up for my father-in-law to install a ceiling fan on our first night. (Now it has a beautiful ceiling fan to keep our lovely visitors cool!)
Our first projects are to paint the laundry room (check!) and the living room and dining room areas. Our washer and dryer are going to be delivered tomorrow, so we wanted everything painted before we moved that stuff in. And we're replacing the flooring in the living room, dining room, staircase, and upstairs landing before we move in as well, so we want to get the painting done while we don't need to worry about being super careful with the drop cloths!
Since the laundry room painting is done, and I'll head to the house to start priming the living room and dining room this afternoon, I think we're in pretty good shape to have our big projects done before we move our stuff in later on this month.
It's a long list of things that we hope to accomplish in this house eventually, but it's all so exciting--and I can't wait to see how the house looks different in a week, a month, a year, even five years!