For most people, homeownership means a slow and steady course towards your vision (unless you’re able to count “too much money” as one of your problems, in which case — shoot me an email).
So this is our list of wants / needs / dreams with regards to our current house, with the full understanding that it will take years to accomplish (and maybe some we’ll never achieve at all)
Although it didn’t look too bad in the before photos, in real life the kitchen is mostly original to the house and in rough shape. A down-to-the-studs job is the plan, and after two years of living in the house & saving up as much as we could, we’re planning on:
We’re filling it up fairly well, but it’s still an awkward space – a giant L makes up the living room and dining room, but the placement of the fireplace and front door constrain the types of furniture layouts we could work with. We’d like to:
There’s nothing going on in here – just a dining-table-turned-desk-turned-dining-table-again and some sweet chairs (which may or may not even go with the table) that I picked up during the end-of-year Room & Board sale . But I’d like to make it more useful:
It’s not in need of much – just storage and organization. We need to figure out a way to maximize clothes storage so I stop finding creative places to stash my threads. And maybe we’ll spruce up the bedding some more.
The project that dragged on forever… we tackled this before moving in to the house, since it’s the only bathroom. It remained at about 90% complete for over a year (we needed to put up the trim), and we haven’t taken proper “after” photos.
Here are a series of (too many) posts chronicling every painful step of the way (but literally… the steps were painful. I broke my foot early on in the process… ouch!)
…… but seriously, why did I write so many posts about this? I guess I just needed somewhere to vent!
Probably the most complete room in the house at the moment, we completed our first-ever wallpaper installation, and combined with a paint job on the rest of the walls and some new furniture – bam! We’ve got a finished room for Jack. But given that babies grow into toddlers and then into children, I’m assuming his preferences will appear and then change again, so we’ll see a steady stream of evolution in this room.
We’ll never be using this as a garage to store cars (weather in the Pacific Northwest isn’t cold enough to need to have an inside home for the vehicles over the winter, plus it’s too small to get our larger car in there). We would like to have this set up as a functional shop / storage area
This room is being used as the “lady cave” at the moment (best. euphemism. ever.), housing Kelley’s worrying horde of craft , Lego, & sewing supplies, plus the laundry.