Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover...

Or should we say, don’t judge a house by the last remodel it received several decades ago??  Either way, the hubs and I chose not to judge our house based on how it looked in it’s present condition.  Instead we focused on what we could turn it into in the future. 

Let's face it, the house had all the space we were looking for…four bedrooms (including a generously-sized master, which was so clutch for us considering the bedroom in our old townhouse was something like 16’ x 24’...yea I know, we were very spoiled), two baths, a “finished” basement (wood paneling, awful red and yellow tile flooring, etc….so retro, you get the picture…it’s “finished”, but not what we’d consider “finished”), a screened-in porch and a large two car garage.  Finding a house with that space, in our price range, in our dream location was like striking gold!  And lucky for us, the layout of the rooms worked perfectly for the renovations we were dreaming up in our minds.  {Much more on those changes in my next posts.}

So without further ado, here is what the interior of our 1954 rancher looked like the day we bought it.

View into the house from the front door.

Further down the hall, coat closet and basement door to the left and entryway to the living/dining room to the right.

View into the living/dining room.  Note the lovely grellow shag carpet.  Awful!

View back towards the front door.

And again.

Living room area.

Dining room/living room area with wood burning (hopefully converting to gas soon) fireplace.

View from the fireplace towards the kitchen.

View from the fireplace towards the front door.

Retro kitchen.

Another view showing off the amazing light fixture and wallpaper haha.

Restaurant style booth anyone??  I'm sure this was the envy of the neighborhood in 1960, just not anymore.

Door to the screened-in porch.



Screened-in porch in much need of a scrub down.

View of the jungle from the porch.

Peeking into the kitchen entryway from the hallway.

View toward the bedrooms and bathrooms.

View into the main bathroom and door to linen closet #1 on the left. 

Tight squeeze into the main bath.



Those light fixtures are so retro that they are almost back in style.

View of bedroom #1 (there is another linen closet to the left, but i didn't capture the door in this picture...darn).

Bedroom #1 closet.


View from the bedrooms back towards the living space.

Alcove by bedroom #2.

View into bedroom #2.

Bedroom #2 closet.

Bedroom #3

Bedroom #3 again (no clue why I didn't take a picture of the closet area...ooops).

View into the master bedroom, note the heinous wallpaper.

Master again, showing the door to the tiny master bath.


View towards the door into the master on the left and the door into the small master closet on the right.

View towards the master bath on the left and the larger master closet on the right and then the entrance furthest to the right.

Master bath.

Nothing to see here...the sink is so small we nicknamed it a dentist's sink because it's so small you can only spit into it.

The master shower.

I know it may not look like much here, but we have big plans for our little rancher; and I can't wait to share them!!!

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