I was asked by some of my readers for a tour of the rest of the house.
Well since I live to please (I am not speaking for my children who think I live to boss them around)
Here is the outside all except for the windows remains untouched until the summer when we will replace the lower siding which is in poor shape. I do like how one of the past owners put up two different kinds of contrasting siding, it makes the outside much more interesting.
The front porch used to be on the very front of the house next to the large window where it is now blank space. At sometime in the houses history another porch was built where it is now and the door moved under it next to the light.
If any of you have suggestions for those concrete blocks that hold up the porch supports let me know...can you paint them? Should I?
This was taken just inside the front door looking left standing under the only arch that was originally in the house. It separates the dining room (which you walk directly into when you enter the front door) from the living. Here is the living room with newly refinished Fir floors and new sheetrock, wall sconces, curtain rods, baseboards, and crown molding.
Here we are again standing under the original arch looking through the new arch that we put in that goes from the dining into the kitchen and on to the new one on the other side of the kitchen into the laundry/bathroom end of the house wear the ladder is.
I love arches too!
Speaking of bathrooms...here is hubby working on the tile around the sink. The kiddos love to help. The bathroom door was the only one that had to be replaced, we were able to refurbish the rest throughout the old place.
None of the original bathroom fixtures were worth saving as they were from the 60's and all in bad condition. The bathroom is pretty much all new...which is good since it will get a lot of use as it is the only in the house!
You can see the back deck through the bathroom window. Here is the view at sunset off that very deck...
We put new carpet upstairs in the three bedroom, painted everything and reworked and refinished all the door hardware...
Yes I love old hardware too!
One of the downstairs doors has this little beauty on it...glass door knobs make my heart go pitter pat!
What do the kids think of all this?
Well how can you not love a big empty house for running and dancing?
This is from the end of the dining room past the front door on the left and into the living room where Sweet Girl is practicing her dance moves!
Our older sons have learned many things over the years from helping us remodel houses. They can know, tile, do simple electrical work, do plumbing, install lighting, toilets, and showers. They are also pros at demolition, hanging sheetrock, and putting up siding and roofing. They have learned some valuable skills that should serve them well when they get their own homes.
So yes we're pleased at how this latest house turned out.
Pretty sure the new tenants are too!
But for now we're tired and it will probably be a while till we do this again unless...
Well unless another old house comes up that no one else wants!!!
Totally on a different subject...see these big windows? We salvaged one just like these out of the living room. I now have a new craft project that I'll let you in on soon that involves that very window!
Stay tuned tomorrow when I let you know what I'm doing to help support the relief effort in Haiti.