Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Walking up a floor we come to three more rooms and a small storage room. There is one shared bathroom on this floor and it happens to be the only one in the house that has a shower so it will probably be our main bathroom until the others get fixed.
The room I'm most excited about on this floor is my craft room.
It's located directly above the master bedroom on the front side of the house. Through the door on the left is the shared bathroom.
The one and only shower in the house! That will definitely be getting changed. To the right of the shower (next to the sink) is another door that opens up into this bedroom:
And, back across the hall on the same side as the craft room, but in the back of the house, is the current laundry room. Hubs told me he's moving the laundry stuff down to the basement. I'm not too excited about this because that's a lot of hauling clothes up and down flights of stairs, but we'll see. I don't know what else to use this room for with the weird pole sticking in the middle of it.
So, that concludes the house tour. Stay tuned for photos once we start the updates. Right now we're in the process of finalizing the closing and hoping that all goes well. As of now, it's looking like it will be the end of August, but we'll see!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This is the bedroom that is located on the northwest corner of the house (looking at the house from the street it would be on the front right of the 2nd floor).
This is the bathroom that goes with that bedroom. The marble siding has got to go! I don't care if it's marble...it's ugly! Unfortunately, people must have been a lot smaller in 1909 because the tubs are tiny and there are no showers in the bathroooms. All that will definitely change. The bathroom for the room on the southwest side of the house looks exactly the same.
This is the room on the southwest side of the 2nd floor. Both of these bedrooms are great sizes for kids' rooms.
This is the room that used to be the servant quarters. My husband was quick to correct me when I referred to them as the "slave" quarters accidentally last night. I was quick to point out that while they may have been called "servants" I could almost guarantee him they were of African American decent! Especially given the city where this house is located, which hopefully I'll get to reveal soon.
Anyway, the wall that juts out in the left part of the photo is to a toilet and sink, but we're going to tear it out because there are three other bathrooms on this floor and if we can't hold it long enough to make it to one of those, we've got serious problems! Plus, that would give us more space in this room to make it into a genuine media/family room. The nice thing about this room is that it's right off the back staircase that runs right down to the kitchen so it's very convenient. My hubby would love to get some bleacher seats from Yankee Stadium when they tear it down the end of this year, but I think they're going to be a little to pricey for our budget. But, if any of you happen to come across a great deal on Yankee bleacher seats, let me know!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
So, let the tour resume on the 2nd floor with the Master Bedroom & Spare Room!
The windows in the above photo face the front of the house. When you come up the main staircase, the master bedroom is on your right (on the left when looking at the house).
I love how there's a fireplace in here! To the right of the fireplace is the entrance to the bathroom. The marble on the walls has got to go! There's also no shower, just a small tub and a huge hole in the floor.
Thankfully, the wall with the toilet on it backs up to this:
So, we're going to knock out the wall and covert it in to one bigger bathroom.
The above photo is the current closet. It's really weird because you have to duck low and then through another room, etc. We're going to try and just open it up into a hallway. Walking through the current closet leads you to this room (which also has its own door off the hallway):
This is the part we're going to convert into the bedroom area because then we're facing the backyard, and not the street. We might also put a walk in closet in this part or in the room with the fireplace. This room is bigger than the photo looks. So, in essence, we're going to convert the whole right side of the house when you walk up the main staircase (or the left side when you're looking at the house from outside) on the 2nd floor to the Master Suite.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I love only working 4 days a week because it makes my days and week fly by, but I no longer have the free time I used to in order to post here during the day and my computer access at night is really limited, so we'll see.
Hopefully, though, the house tour will resume tomorrow!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Aforementioned half bath.
The first door on the left side of the hallway is (I say door because each room off the main hall has these gorgeous pocket doors.) the "formal" living room. It will be an incredible place to put a tree at Christmas. We're already planning on having my side of the family there for Christmas in 2010. That gives us a goal to shoot towards. This room also has it's own fireplace. It connects to the dining room and the door to the left of the photo is in to a solarium (which you can see in the photos of the front of the house). Now, you can see that this house needs some work. Thankfully, the previous owners already fixed the plumbing in this hole so we just need to repair the plaster/dry wall.
Join me again on Monday as we move up to the 2nd Floor!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Heading out of the dining room towards the foyer you come to these two doors under the main staircase. The one on the right is a closet and the one straight ahead leads to a butler's pantry - which I somehow completely missed the first time we toured the house.
My wood burning fireplace. I'm torn about this one. I know it will really keep the place toasty in the winter and help with the heating bills, but it takes up a lot of space where I could have more countertops and cabinets. I might have to put this one up for vote to see whether it goes or stays.
And lastly, the eating area in the kitchen. If you click on this photo, you'll see that hay in the plaster treatment I'm talking about. On the opposite side of the wall on the right is the door to the backyard. I want to knock this wall out too so that the kitchen is one big open area. We just have to check with our structural engineer/architect to see if it's feasible to knock these walls down or if they're supporting walls.That's all for now. Join me tomorrow for more!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here's the schedule for the photo tour of the "new" house so mark it on your calendar!
Tuesday, 7/15: Outside & Foyer
Wednesday, 7/16: Kitchen & Dining Room
Thursday, 7/17: Sitting Room, Office & Living Room
Monday, 7/21: Master Bedroom & Spare Room
Tuesday, 7/22: Craft Room & 3rd Floor
Wednesday, 7/23: Miscellaneous
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We've had our eye on this house for about a year now and have patiently waited while it's gone through the foreclosure process. Both of us have wanted to try our hand at flipping houses and this was the perfect house. It's about 7000 sq. ft. and in a gorgeous neighborhood with tree-lined streets. We were able to purchase the house for less than $200,000 which is $100,000 less than we offered on it a year ago when the bank rejected it. See...patience pays off!!! Normally, houses in this area that have been remodeled sell for $800,000 to a million, so it's a nice investment for us. In this market, even if you only fix a few minor things you're almost guaranteed to make a small profit when it rebounds.