House #2: Here’s what we’re working with.

Here’s what we’re working with on this house.  It’s got great bones and the mechanicals are all sound.

There’s a new roof with gutter covers (which with all those leave, will be a huge money/time saver over the years!).  It’s pretty efficient, with an air conditioner/heat pump and gas furnace – all pretty new in terms of expected lifespan.  The previous owners replaced all of the windows a while back, so those are in good condition as well.  There’s a whole house humidifier and dehumidifier, water heater and softener, and a spigot in the kitchen with filtered drinking water (although the city tap water is just fine).

Also, the appliances are all in good, working condition and they look really good for being updated back in 2003 … however, they are all black.  So, I’ve got to decide what I want to do there.  Seriously, replacing totally good appliances is not on my priority list (per $$$ and it’s such a waste), but black is the second to last color I would choose (only above covering the appliances with matching trim to the cabinets, which I know is a thing, it’s just not my thing; and the dishwasher.  The dishwasher wasn’t updated in 2003, has that matching trim, so I’m already looking for a new dishwasher).

So, here are our starting with pictures.  Over the holidays, the plan is to start on the work we can do ourselves.  We spent an entire day meetings with contractors to quote the work we can’t do ourselves (literally 8am-5:30pm, 7 contractors … that day was exhausting!).  And since we’re still waiting on quotes (or more meetings with other contractors if they don’t come back within budget/scope), we’ll jump right in to get rid of all the wallpaper and carpet you’re about to see.  Once we figure out which parts of our “how much would it cost to do this and move that and add this” versus “well, that doesn’t fit in our budget, but we could do this or we’re just going to have to skip that,” then we’ll be back with an update on the big changes!

Side note … I’d be lying if I didn’t also say that I’m pretty excited to post before & after photos in a year, like I did with our last house (here,which turned into this).  We have ideas and visions for this house, and I think the transformation will be equally dramatic.  And, for us, it’s always fun to look back at where we started because we both really love our current house now and it works for us … and so will this one … eventually.

For now, just the pictures.

Foyer/Entry way
Foyer/Entry way
Looking back into the foyer
Looking back into the foyer
Foyer from the side, looking into the Family Room
Foyer from the side, looking into the Family Room
Half bathroom on main floor
Half bathroom on main floor
Kitchen, from the foyer/hallway
Kitchen, from the foyer/hallway
Kitchen, from the eating area
Kitchen, from the eating area
Eating area in the kitchen
Eating area in the kitchen
Eating area and kitchen, window looks into the backyard
Eating area and kitchen, window looks into the backyard
Living room, connected to the eating area & foyer
Living room, connected to the eating area & foyer
Living Room, looking into the foyer
Living Room, looking into the foyer
Family room, looking towards backyard
Family room, looking towards backyard
Family room, looking towards front of house
Family room, looking towards front of house
Stairwell and upstairs hallway
Stairwell and upstairs hallway
Front bedroom
Front bedroom
Front bedroom
Front bedroom
Back bedroom
Back bedroom
Back bedroom
Back bedroom
Upstairs hall full bathroom
Upstairs hall full bathroom
Office
Office
Office
Office
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bathroom
Master bathroom
Master bathroom
Master bathroom
Garage
Garage
Let's see what we're working with
Driveway, side of house
Let's see what we're working with
Backyard patio
Let's see what we're working with
Backyard, outside kitchen windows
Let's see what we're working with
Side yard garden
Side yard
Side yard
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