Friday, June 21, 2013

New House - Part 4 (final post in the New House series)

Sorry that I didn't get this posted yesterday.  When we gave our notice to move out of our current home (rental) they put it on the market to sell.  Well, they called today for a showing and I also work from home so we had some juggling to do and my day got away from me. 
Just a reminder, all of these photos came from the MLS listing or the photos I took when we went to see the home.  All of the furniture and belongings are not ours.  We will be closing on this home June 27th and moving in immediately.  (you know what I will be doing next weekend) - jut say a pray for me...thank you,
So, here is the rest of the house.  This is the final day of our 4 part series on our 'before' photos of our new home.  Today we are going to look at the lower level (our basement).  It is a little over 1650 sq ft and has 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, kitchen, living room, dining area, additional sitting area with a fireplace and a mud room.  It also has a separate entrance and a patio area outside. 
If you are looking at the front of our house, this stone walkway is to the far right side of the house and leads you to the back yard and the entrance to the lower lever.  There are beautiful flower beds along the path.  Cannot wait to see what blooms in this area and then I will know what my starting place will be so that I can choose things I wish to add .
This is the patio area and entrance for the lower level.  Our son, Matthew, and his wife, Allina, (with a new little one on the way-due in Sept) will be living in this lower level.  This outside area will give them their own private outdoor space. 

This is the hallway in the basement that both bedrooms are off of.  To your immediate right (from where this photo was taken is a bedroom (which will be the nursery for Kylie Grace) and then if you look straight ahead and to your right (around the corner) is the other bedroom. 

This will be Kylie's nursery.  In the MLS listing this cannot be listed as a bedroom because it does not have a window.  It will be the perfect space for the baby.  

This is the other bedroom, Matthew and Allina's.
This is the extra sitting area with the fireplace. The dining area is to your left. 
This sitting area and table are directly across from the fireplace.  Also, the orange wall is directly in front of you when you come in the door from outside.  This is actually the foyer area.  (you can see that it leads to the hallway that both bedrooms are off of)
The kitchen is directly to your left on the other side of this dining table. 

Here is the kitchen.  Both of those counter tops in the foreground of the photo are movable.  They are not secured down so that we will be able to rearrange the kitchen counters.  We will also be adding a stove so that it will be a full functioning kitchen for them.  They have a lot of counter space and cabinet space.  

This is the living room area. 

The full bathroom. 
Allina and I have talked about what we want to do in this space.  I realize it is our house so we have to be in agreement with any major decorating decisions.  However, they will be living in this space and we want them to create a space that they love and enjoy living in.  Matthew will be deployed to Afghanistan in September and be gone of about 13 months.  (that is one reason they are living with us so that Allina and the baby won't be living by themselves while he is away)
Initial plans for this space include:
*adding the stove to the kitchen (my husband and I will be doing this as the stove will stay with the house whenever they get their own place)
*painting the foyer (neither of us really love that orange color
*may do some painting in the bedrooms (nursery for Kylie)
*They will be buying quite a bit of furniture for the entire space (they just got married this past September so they are still in that place of building up household furniture and items. 
*They will look into adding a washer/dryer to the mud room so that they won't have to come upstairs to do the laundry. 

I want to thank you for hanging in there with me for the entire tour.  As you can see, we have a lot of potential to make this our dream home.  I will be posting about our move and all the projects that embark on as we begin settling in to this new space for us.  I hope you stop back by to see our progress. 


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New House - Part 3

Ok, thanks for sticking with me on this 4 part tour of our 'new to us' home.  We close next Thursday and begin moving in right away.  Hopefully we will spend our first night at the new home next Saturday evening, keeping our fingers crossed.  Well, as promised, today I will be showing you the rest of the main floor.  (three bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms)  Tomorrow I will cover the entire lower level (or basement area). 

So here goes...just a little bit about the layout of the space first.  This photo was taken standing in the family room (the foyer is to my right and the TV is too my room and kitchen are behind me).  The first door on your left is the guest bathroom, then a linen closet and far left (at the end of the hall) is the master bedroom and bathroom.  There is another linen closet at the end of the hallway and then coming down the right side (back towards me) is the bedroom that will be my home office, then the guest bedroom and the door closest to you on the right is the door that leads to the lower level. 

List of thing to do for this area include:
*paint the entire hallway the same color that I have chosen for the family room
Guest bathroom:  

List of things to do for this area include:
*replace window treatment
*build/install a frame for the mirror (make it look custom)
*pick out paint color and repaint (this won't be right away)
*New bath rugs and shower curtain
Master Bedroom: 

List of things to do for this area include:
*pick a paint color and repaint
*remove current curtain rods and rehang them higher and replace curtains
*at some point, remove the carpet and replace (with what we are not sure yet? Husband likes carpet in the bedroom but I may be leaning towards hardwood and a large area rug...this is a future project anyway so that gives us time to decide)
Master Bathroom: not a very big space but it is doable.  It does have a window to your right but it doesn't show in the photo that I have here. 

List of things to do for this area include:
*replace window treatment
*eventually change out the mirror/medicine cabinet that is currently in there
Guest Bedroom: 

List of things to do for this area include:
*replace carpet eventually (large stain-hopefully Stanley Steamer can get it out before we move in)
*remove current curtain rod and rehang higher and replace curtains
Bedroom that will be my home office: 

List of things to do for this area include:
*remove current curtain rod and rehang higher and replace curtains
*Remove the closet doors and create a desk/storage area that is open to the rest of the room (probably store all of my scrapbook supplies in here out of sight)
*eventually replace the carpet
*build/create some type of storage unit that can organize scrapbook/office supplies neatly and concealed
Well, there you have the remaining spaces of the main floor.  This floor has right at 1900 sq ft and will mainly be occupied only by my husband and me.  This gives us plenty of space to spread out and not feel cramped in our living space. 
Now tomorrow I will show you the lower level which is actually a house unto it's self.  Our son Matthew and his wife Allina (with little Kylie on the way) will be living in this area.  I can't wait to show you that space tomorrow.
Thank you for stopping by and have a very blessed day,

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New House - Part 2

Ok, so I know yesterday's post was full of photos of our 'new to us' home that we are getting ready to move into, and today's post will be no different.  Today I will be sharing with you the kitchen, family room (or den), laundry room and the sun porch.
Tomorrow I will show you the rest of the main floor, including the three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.  And then on Thursday I will show you the entire lower level. 
So, without further ado...let's get started...
Here is the kitchen.  It has wonderful tile flooring (which we love) and all new stainless steel/black appliances.  The dishwasher is black on the outside and stainless steel on the inside.  The door that you see to the left of the cabinets in the first photo, leads to the pantry/laundry room which you will see in just a little bit.  

List of things to do for this area include:
*install backsplash
*pick a paint color and paint
*replace light above the sink (a small florescent one is there currently)
*replace window treatment
*remove cabinet doors over the sink to create some open shelving
*replace cabinet knobs (I already have the cutest knobs that are ceramic clock faces)
*make chalk/magnetic message board to hang near the laundry room door (message center)
*paint cabinets white (this may be early 2014)
*farmhouse sink (down the road)
*replace counter tops (also, down the road)

The kitchen opens up into the family room/den area.  I love the openness that this provides in this space.  I can be in the kitchen and not feel removed from the family. 

List of things to do for this area include:
*paint or whitewash the fireplace
*new area rug for this space (not sure the one I have will be big enough)
*stage mantle and hearth
*new lighting fixture

 Next on the agenda is the laundry room/pantry.  This is a very small area but I am grateful to have a designated space for laundry so I am not complaining.  As soon as you walk into this space, there is a built-in pantry on your left with slide out drawers.  This space also leads you from the kitchen to the double car garage. 
List of things to do for this space include:
*Wallpaper the back wall with a graphic print (see inspiration photo below)
* Add window treatment
*add cabinet/shelving above the washer and dryer
*add baskets/bins to organize all laundry/cleaning supplies
Inspiration photo...I just love this small laundry space.  When we looked at this house, I thought...I have the exact space layout as this laundry room that I love.  (here is the link to the post on this laundry room pictured below.  Laundry Room Inspiration
Updated Laundry Room on a budget at View Along the Way, washer and dryer, stenciled wall, turquoise room, painted floor, striped floor, how to paint a striped floor, how to stencil a wall, how to style a laundry room

Now to talk about our Sun of our favorite spaces in this new house.  It is 34.5' by 12.5', what a great space.  I love that this space can be used all year round.  (it has it's own heat/air system)  I am so excited about the decorating possibilities for this room.  My husband has decided that he wants to have his 'office space' out here.  We have such a beautiful view from that wall of windows that he wants to be out there a lot.  So, my décor ideas have to have a desk/computer area factored in.  It's doable...

List of this to do for this space include:
*Get a new rug (possibility two-one for each end of the room)
*new furniture (found some that I like but have to make a final decision on it)
*no sew burlap curtains (Burlap Curtains)
*add live greenery (possibly a lemon tree and/or a ficus tree)
*add a small table and chairs for eating on the porch
*figure out the floor plan for furniture with plans for Mark's desk
*may consider painting the brick wall (this is just a thought at this point)
Well, there you have it.  Part 2 of the peek into our new home.  Hope you are enjoying the 'before' tour.  Hope you stay tuned for the rest of this house tour. 
Be blessed and have a wonderful day,

Monday, June 17, 2013

New house Part 1...getting closer to move-in day!!!

Hi there.  I wanted to give an update on our upcoming move.  We close on our 'new to us' home on June 27th and begin the moving process shortly thereafter.  We are living amongst boxes, tired and totally stocked to get this move underway.  It will all be so worth it. 

I wanted to show you some 'before' photos of the new house.  I have decided to break this post up (4 parts in total) so that I don't give you 'information overload' all in one post.  Today I will share the details of our new home along with photos of the exterior (front and back), the yard, the living room, and dining room.  Then tomorrow I will share Part 2 (which will include the kitchen, laundry room, family room and sun porch). 

We have many, (and I mean many) plans for this space and I cannot wait to get started on them.  I have listed some photos and underneath, I have listed some of our 'plans' we have for that space.  Some of these items will get done within a week or two of moving in but others are some long-term goals for us. 

Some details about our home: We are buying a ranch with a full basement.  It has a combined square footage of a little over 3500 sq ft.  The main floor has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, kitchen that opens up to the den with a fireplace, living room, dining room and a huge all season sun porch.  (my husband is extremely excited about this space)

The lower level is what they call here in Virginia a mother-in-law suite.  It's basically another house under our house.  It has two bedrooms, a full bath, living room, kitchen, dining area with a fireplace, and a mud room.  Our son and his wife (with a little one on the way) will be moving into this space. 

Our house sits on 1.5 acres of flat land (my husband is extremely excited about this feature more mowing grass on an incline)  We have a double car garage and two other drive ways on the property.  Two large storage buildings in the back yard (you will see photos of those when I cover the back of the house. 

So, now to begin with the photos...WARNING - this post will be full of photos.  All of these photos are from the MLS listing for this house or the ones I personally took when we went to see it.  (I will add other photos of us moving in and getting rooms set up within the next two weeks)

Here is the front exterior of our home. 

List of things to do for this area include:
*new roof (probably in 2014)
*Stage with porch furniture, greenery, décor items
*hang our American flag from the flag pole
*re-paint the porch floor.  It is fading and needs some updating
This is the back of the house.  You can see the sun porch to the left and a large deck on the right.  Underneath you can see the entrance to the downstairs level with it's own patio area. 

 List of things to do for this area include:
*pressure wash and re-stain decking
*add our deck furniture (probably get a new umbrella)
*spruce it up a bit with color with décor items
Next is our yard: including front, side and back (I just love all of the rock work in the landscaping) 
This is in the side yard
Part of the front yard

more front yard

Back yard with the two storage buildings.  The one on the right is mine (for furniture painting, staining, etc...) and the other one is my husband's to keep lawn mower and yard equipment in.  I think it's only fair to share, right?   

Side back yard right off of the deck.

Not a lot we have planned for the yard spaces yet...but we will keep you updated.  I am waiting to see what is already planted and will bloom this year and then will make some plans from there. 
On to the Living Room: The large window to the left in the first photo is a nice bay window. 

List of things to do for this are include:
*Pick color and paint
*remove current curtain rods and rehang higher and replace curtains
*may need a new rug for this room (the one I have may have to go in another space)
*add crown molding
Finally (for today) the Dining Room:

List of things to do for this area include:
*paint above the chair rail (I have a very dark brown I am planning on for this)
*add chandelier (currently they have a ceiling fan with lights in there...yuck)
*remove current curtain rods and rehang higher and replace curtains
*get a new table and chairs that fit better in the space than our current ones (future wish - not a necessity right now) 
*possibly a round or oval rug
*add crown molding
*new china cabinet or hutch
I am pretty positive that I have left some things off of the lists that I have created for each space.  But I am a list-girl.  These will be added to, marked off and changed so many times it isn't funny.  Hey, but it's my house, and I can do whatever I want to, right? 
I hope you have enjoyed the first peek into our new home.  More to come.  I hope you stick around for the transformations also. 
Be blessed and have a wonderful Monday.