Sunday, January 29, 2012

Some house pics

When we were at the house for the inspection, I took some pictures of the inside. Here's to bringing the house into the 21st Century!

This is the front entryway. Definitely want to update this area soon. The front doors, lighting and flooring are stuck in the 70s, but the entryway is really big. You can faintly see moldings on the wall next to the light switches. A nice touch. There is a large coat closet to the left of the doors. The picture is taken from the stairway leading upstairs.

Coming into the house, the living room is the to left. The house has original hardwood floors in most living areas. The living room has a large front window and a side window.

From the living room you walk through to the dining room. Some wallpaper and outdated light fixtures, but it's a good size for our hutch and dining room table.  To the right in this photo is the doorway to the kitchen.

The kitchen will be our first big project. We are excited to play around with the layout of cabinets and appliances to get exactly what we want. It's going to be a lot of work so we are still trying to figure out how it will all come together. We want a designer and contractor to help the project come together, but still want to have a lot of control over pricing and where materials come from.

On the opposite side of the house from the living and dining rooms is the family room.  It is the size of the living room and dining rooms combined.  The paneling isn't our favorite so I'm sure we'll end up painting it or taking it down.  It just depends on how much money we will have to spend.  It has a big window out to the front of the house and a fireplace.

The other end of the family room leads out to the screened porch.  The floors are pegged wood floors which are different than the rest of the house and has wooden beams on the ceiling.   It's a room with a lot of wood so we are most likely going to tone it down a bit.

To the right of the family room picture there is a hallway that has a bedroom/bonus room, full bath, laundry, and entry from garage.  There is a lot of space in the hallway so we anticipate putting in some kind of storage that helps with laundry and is a landing area for coats, shoes, purses, etc. when we come home.

Upstairs there are three extra bedrooms that are all pretty big.  They are each unique with the ways the closets are set up and window placement.  All of the bedrooms have hardwood floors.  I didn't end up taking a picture of the master bedroom for some reason, but it is located upstairs as well.

The master bath needs updating.  The fixtures are older and the layout is really cramped.  We would like to figure out a way to close off an area for the toilet, put in a double vanity, and make the shower bigger.  We may end up consolidating the master closet and bathroom to create a larger bathroom with a closet attached.  This remodel is high on the list for sure.

The other bathrooms in the house are just as outdated, but aren't as pressing to update.

The basement is considered finished.  It has walls and a tiled floor, but not in any condition to spend a considerable amount of time in.  Eventually we want this to be a family room and music area where Sky can play his guitar without disrupting the rest of the house.  This is a remodel that will have to wait.  For now, he will probably put his music stuff in the bonus room off the family room.

Here is a picture of the screened porch from the outside.

This is the view from the back of the house.  There is a creek in the wooded area called Holly Creek, hence the name of the street.

Here is a view of the house from Holly Creek Road.  The landscaping appears to be pretty minimal, so easy to take care of.  We plan to do something different with shutters and take off the criss-cross window panes.  We don't have as many ideas for updating the outside as we do for the inside.  The updates to the outside aren't as pressing so no rush I guess.


  1. The house is gorgeous, Sarah Lynn! Although it has been a lot of work updating ours as well, it is amazing to see what you can do to a house, and it has been a lot of fun seeing the changes:) Good luck with everything!

  2. I love it! And I can't wait to see how you guys turn the house into your home. Do you read Young House Love? If not, you should check it out. They had rooms with dark paneling and wooden beams on the ceiling and they've painted them. They are also in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I wish I could DIY like they can! I'm so excited for you both!

  3. It is beautiful and has SO MUCH character! I see the potential for an absolutely gorgeous house that you guys will love for years. I have a million ideas I can't wait to share with you, and I am looking forward to seeing it in person. I love the screened in porch too.

  4. The house is beautiful! I love the brick on the outside and all the hardwood floors - and all the ideas you have to make it your own! I can not wait to visit!!