Downstairs House Tour
We have lived in our new house since the beginning of September and even though we did a few top-priority things when we first moved in, we have a TON left on our list. There are big plans in store for this house and we’re both itching to get started soon. We love this house and hope to make it our home for a long time, so we can’t wait to put our handprints all over it, both literally and through our design. We are starting on a little phase one update of our bathroom today or tomorrow, so before we get too far into making changes to the house, I wanted to show you what we’re working with by doing a house tour. So far we have replaced the water heater, done a few small updates to the powder room downstairs, replaced all of the doorknobs and hinges, and added a freestanding kitchen island. We bought the house knowing we needed to replace all of the flooring in the house. Much of it was original and in bad shape, or just not our taste. We had the entire downstairs redone in a wood-look laminate that we are really happy with so far. However, we want to replace all of the trim and baseboards with something more our style. The floor is done! The trim? Not so much. We’re getting there, I promise. I wanted to be pretty thorough with the house tour (which you’ll see by the abundance of photos) so I’ve broken it up into two parts. Today it’ll be just the main floor of the house. Tomorrow, I’ll show you the upstairs!
The house is really hard to photograph because of the direction it faces. But you can see that we have a three car garage, which is a luxury we now feel we can’t live without. It desperately needs a lighter paint job and some exterior sprucing which we’ll get started on in the spring. I love, love, love our porch. I can’t wait to make it feel cozy and make it a nice place to sit outside and read a book while sipping a cup of coffee. I want to paint the door a fun color, maybe remove the storm door, and add some personality to it, as well as tame the shrubbery below. I should also, at some point, put that Christmas tree into storage.
Foyer and Front Living Room
The entry way/front room is kind of a single space combined that I think I can use furniture to kind of divide. Right now, the only thing in there is our old sectional from the townhouse. Our Christmas tree was in front of the front window, but since we’ve un-decked our halls, this room is very under-furnished and honestly, it kind of makes me sad. This room, when it’s done, will probably be one of my favorite rooms in the house. It needs paint, curtains, different furniture, wall hangings (that aren’t an old TV bracket we have yet to take down), and you know... some personality. After all, it is the first room that people see when they come into our home. There’s even talks of some faux wood beams on the vaulted ceilings. Hubba hubba. But once again… we’ll get there.
This is one of the rooms in the house that doesn’t necessarily need work. It came with stainless steel appliances and everything is in good, working order. Even so, I imagine we’ll probably gut the whole thing and put in our dream kitchen eventually. Until now, the island adds a lot of prep space and it works just fine for us. The dining area is also perfectly functional but not exactly what we want in the long run. We’d love to build our own table, add a statement light fixture and replace the little desk area with a bar. That pass through to the downstairs living room is really, nice, though. It gives the feeling of an open concept living space and makes the whole downstairs feel really cohesive. Plus it lets all of that natural light flow through from room to room.
Downstairs Living Room
We have a split level home which is nice in some ways and slightly annoying in others. Really only annoying in that I have two crawling babies and a split level means more stairs to protect them from. That being said, we’ve been graced with a secondary living room. This is probably the room we spend the most of our time in (unless you count sleeping), so it’s the room that’s made the most progress so far. Since we moved into the house with only a town home’s worth of furniture, we went ahead and bought a Karlstad sofa and chair from IKEA and really, really love them. This room functions as a TV room and the playroom for the boys, thus the Jumpers and the toy bin. It has ginormously tall ceilings – something like 20 feet to the top so painting this room will be a pain in the butt, so we may hire that out. But the gas fireplace is another one of those things I don’t ever want to live without again, and I love having a real mantle. It was awesome to have somewhere to hang our stockings. I can’t wait to make it a little prettier, add some curtains, and completely overhaul the TV/fireplace area with new tile and some custom built-ins.
Oh… by the way. This is my princess balcony. It’s one of the best features of the house.
Then there’s the hallway of doors. On the right it’s the basement door (we won’t even talk about the basement right now. It’s a horrific mess), the powder room, the door coming in from the garage, and the laundry room.
The powder room is the only room we’ve actually done much to. We reset and replaced the wax ring on the toilet after having the floors done, upgraded the mirror from the old builder grade one, updated the builder grade bulb light fixture, upgraded the faucet, painted the walls (Chalk White by Benjamin Moore), added shelves to the wall, and a couple accessories. It still needs a little work, like things on the wall opposite the toilet, and the shelves needs some love. But this room is the closest to being “done” than any of the other rooms in the house combined. I wish I were exaggerating. Also, please excuse this horrible picture. My camera battery was dead, and my phone could not take a decent picture of this room. I tried. A lot.
The laundry room, directly across from the powder room, is very functional, as we’ve added a drying rack and a hook rack, but it’s not pretty and it is in desperate need of storage. I’m hoping to get the floor tiled soon and maybe put some cabinets and a backsplash up before the end of the year.
And that’s pretty much it. That’s the main floor of our house. I’ll be back tomorrow with the upstairs. And maybe someday I’ll let you see into the dungeon basement, and the garage. This house is like a blank canvas to us. We're giddy excited over all of the things we can do to make it our own. There's a list about a mile long for each space, and we'll tackle them as budget and time (you know, while raising twins) arise. Like I said… we’ll get there.
Until next time,