As promised – a post about our project! Yea, yea this should have been my first post about our new house before I wrote about dream kitchens, etc. but, you know…priorities!
As I mentioned in a previous post, we bought the house in July with plans to get this project started immediately. But of course, things take time, so we’re just now getting into the thick of it. One of the (important!) things holding us up was finalizing the design. We knew the house needed an addition, as it had no master suite and the kitchen was tinyyyy (and teal, blah)! So we met with an architect, usually over drinks (my kind of designer!) and figured it all out. But before I get to the addition plans, let’s take a quick tour of the Orchard house the day we bought it.
Our house is odd in that the front door is actually on the side. This is somewhat common in the old town we live in, but it always throws off visitors. And Ian and I aren’t used to it either because when one of us says, “front of the house,” the other person always follows up with, “which front?” That aside, the house is rather charming with it’s white painted cedar, black trim and sloping roof. But it definitely needs love (lots of it!) and an addition. And the first order of business? A garage door!
Quick Stats: Built in 1919 – about 2,000sf (pre-addition) – 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom – no major renovations except enclosing the front porch (the line of windows you see) and adding a screen porch off the back. Time for an update!
The interior of the house is charming until you get to the kitchen. The living space has not one, not two, not even three, but four sets of French doors. LOVE! It’s also full of large, old windows (so much light!) built-ins and original hardwood flooring. And the flow of the existing space is great, something we struggled with on Hill Street. But the kitchen needs gutted, a bathroom needs added, the front room needs totally stripped down and re-done (bye neon green paint!), the floors need sanded, stained and re-sealed, trim needs added, literally every surface needs painted, oh…and we have to add a couple of rooms off the back. No biggie. [Eye roll.] All of that aside, this house definitely has charm and loads of potential, you just have to look past the “project-ness” of it all.
Note: These pictures were the original listing pictures, so none of this stuff is ours. Now that we’ve moved in and are renovating it’s not nearly this clean, organized and cute looking. Sigh, one day…one day…
The second floor is pretty standard in that it’s just 3 good-sized bedrooms and a bathroom. Aside from adding a master suite, we’re not doing much to this space. I say that like we’re not doing anything, but we will sand/stain the floors, paint each room (especially that red room, omg!), re-tile the bathroom and update the tub (eventually), add trim, etc. You know…nothing really.
To quickly explain the pictures – Ian and I are currently sleeping (on the floor!) in the old master bedroom. When we move into our new suite this space will become a guest room. And I have some SUPER fun ideas for it – eek! Bowen’s room is, and will continue to be, the room with the striped bedding. I have fun plans for his room too (and some amazing furniture on the way!) It will be his first ‘big boy’ room and I’m pretty pumped about it. Finally the red room will probably be a future nursery. One of the windows is going away (sorry baby) as our addition will cover it. That’s the only sacrifice in the whole upstairs though – not bad!
So that’s the Orchard house, as it was the day we bought it. Looking back at these listing pictures makes me laugh. First, the pictures were taking the day before it listed (standard) but we had it under contract the very next day! The flowers on the dining room table hadn’t wilted at all! It literally looked EXACTLY like this, down to the position of the pillows, when we said, “we’ll take it.” Also, I miss how clean the house was when we moved in. Our current decor theme is chaos with accents of cardboard boxes and crusted mud. But the temporary mess is worth the future awesome. I mean we survived Hill Street didn’t we?!
Stay tuned for part 2 of this post with where I’ll share our addition plans and drawings. Happy weekend!