Where to even begin?! We have taken a longer break from the blog than expected, which I guess comes with the territory of moving out of state, with three kids, and finding out the day before arrival that our house was in no condition to move into. Which meant living in a hotel (with a stomach bug + only enough clothes for an overnight stay while the rest of our stuff was on the moving truck) for six days with three kids. There are no words.
We’ll start with a few pictures of the house when we bought it, I am dying to share what things look like now but thought it would be most fun to start at the beginning and then we can slowly go room by room!!
Tons of charm throughout!!!
Let’s back track to when we closed on the house. During inspections, we found out that the home had all old knob & tube electrical, if you know old houses, you know this can be a huge problem & it was something we needed to have addressed. The sellers agreed to pay to upgrade the electrical, but not until closing. It turned out to be much more of a project than we thought, almost every single wall & ceiling in the house needed to be opened in order to replace the wiring, followed by extensive repairs. Our electrician & contractor got started immediately after we got the keys, and we had them go ahead and take down the upper cabinets & soffits to give us a clean slate for planning for an eventual kitchen renovation. The owners updated this kitchen at some point in the 80s or 90s, so our goal is to bring it back to the feel of what the original kitchen would have looked like but with all of the modern upgrades. I am loving all of the symmetry that I can see in this room that was definitely hard to envision before!!
The kitchen walls & ceiling are now fully repaired, new recessed lighting is installed & all of the electrical has been finished. We also moved the bathroom door that was right next to the sink (weird) to around the corner to help expand the length of the kitchen working area & also make the bathroom more functional. You can definitely tell that a fridge was an afterthought in this kitchen as were lots of older homes, as the fridge sits almost all the way down into the eating area. I will share more of the kitchen plans & drawings soon!
The hardwoods are in great shape, they are taped over in the below pictures because these were taken during painting, but we had our crew run the hardwoods into the mudroom & office instead of the tile & carpet, while the rest of the demo was taking place.
We are sooooo excited to finally be moving in & sharing lots more pictures & updates soon. It has been a wild ride, but this feels more like home than any other house we have lived in!!!!
Thanks for bearing with us for the last two weeks, hope you all had an amazing Easter with your family & friends!!!400