When Riley and I started our house hunt, there were a few very important items on our list of requirements. At the top of Riley's list was a nice parcel of land in a convenient location. At the top of my list was an older home, preferably Craftsman style, with lots of character. We knew that a fixer upper was going to be our best bet both in terms of budget and opportunity to customize it to our exact wants and needs. As soon as we walked into this house for the first time, we both knew it was the one. In fact, it was the first, and one of only three, that we even looked at. It had land for Riley, and all sorts of character for me. Mostly, it just felt like a home. Some of you may think we're crazy when you see these before pictures, but all we see is potential.
The house was built in 1910, was probably last updated in the 1960's and has sat vacant for nearly two years. It needs some major TLC. But any "improvements" that the previous owner made to the home, they made with respect to the home's integrity, and elements like the trim work and hardwood floors are mostly in excellent condition.
Without further ado, the grand "before" tour of our fixer upper:
The foyer, with it's view of the double sided staircase, is one of my favorite parts of the house.
We see this as a potential office space or spare room.
The dining room.
A small but charming kitchen.
The breakfast nook.
A mudroom and laundry space off of the kitchen that showcases the original wood siding (which we hope is in good condition underneath the current aluminum siding…).
Hallway off of the kitchen, and oddly enough, another favorite space of mine (I think it's the door).
The one and only bathroom.
This space is still up in the air. An eventual den, perhaps?
The living room.
The staircase, another favorite.
And lastly, three small upstairs bedrooms.
As you can see, we definitely have our work cut out for us. But it's a project that we are very excited about and it's going to be such a labor of love. We're just a week into the renovations, and it is already looking dramatically different, so I'll be posting about some of our progress soon!