Wednesday, December 21, 2011

homeowners..."before" pictures

last friday, dave and i signed papers to become the owners of a little 800 sq. ft. fixer-upper :)
monday we got the keys
and tuesday i took some pictures of the house before the demolition derby began ;)

let's just say the place needs a good bit of work, but thankfully, i am blessed w/ quite a skilled husband when it comes to construction, and i'm pretty sure it'll be quite the cozy little home by the time he finishes :) yay!
our hope is to move in sometime in february or march :)

now for pictures...

i'm not quite sure why anyone would side a house like this or w/ these colors, but thankfully come spring, the outside of the house will be just as remodelled as the inside of the house :)
view from the road
and around...

so yeah, not the prettiest little thing i've ever seen, but definitely has potential!!! at least that's what dave tells me :)

the entryway

which enters into the living room/dining room area
we're going to eliminate the far wall to give the house a bit more of an open feel...the kitchen is on the other side of the wall, and an island will separate the kitchen from the dining room area

view from the kitchen into the dining room/living room

current kitchen :)
the plan here is to move the door around the corner and to extend the cabinets into more of a "u"-shape...and like i said before, knock out the wall separating the kitchen from the dining/living room area.
i also get a dish washer!!!! that's my highlight :)

the house has 2 tiny little bedrooms.
one will be ours, one will be baby's :)
neither room has a closet, but dave is going to fix that...especially since there is hardly room for a dresser, the rooms are so small lol

this is the current state of the is going to be eliminated and turned into one of the closets that we need, and then dave is going to put a new bathroom into the area between the two bedrooms

the area between the 2 bedrooms allocated for the new bathroom :)

i would say currently, the coolest part of the house is the stairs going down to the basement...

they may be a little steep, and not quite up to code, but at least there is a rope to hang onto!!!!

and the basement:
we're not exactly sure what we're going to do down here. the ceiling is only 6.5 ft, and there are big objects all over the place, but we're hoping to maybe finish off a small area as an office / sewing room / tv / send-the-kids type space :)

so that's it folks :) our new little soon-to-be home :)
i'm excited!!!!

o yes, and a few "treasures" we found in one of the rooms...
hmmmmm.... ;)


  1. I see the potential!!! And a lot of work. :) Good luck! Been thinking of you.

  2. Oh, the possibilities, it's great!! I want to come help! [wink]

  3. Very nice! So where is this located? As anxious as you to see the finished product! I'm not good at envisioning construction-type things :P Guess no baby yet eh? .. soon enough :)

  4. Oh how exciting!! Y'all will have fun making this into a home you love (=

  5. Oh Parla, I keep thinking about you and wondering when that wee one will come. The best Christmas present ever! I hope you will be able to find time to show us the house remodel in progress. I know Dave will do a wonderful job with it. Christmas blessings to you all!
    -A. Coleen

  6. What an exciting adventure. I did get a bang out of the steps going down stairs. Rebecca, Autumn and I marked our calendars for the canoe trip. Already looking forward to it.
    I am trying to patiently wait for the little bundle to arrive. Missing you and Dave this Christmas season. Love Mummsy

  7. So happy that you have a home all your own. I do see a lot of work ahead, but you have a good builder who can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We will SO miss your being here for Christmas. I think of you daily and hope all is going well with you and the baby. Am anxious for her to get here. I see you have a lot of snow. We are not going to have a white Christmas. Right now it is raining. Half an inch so far. Know that you are loved and missed. Grammy

  8. The outside of the house took me back to Poplar Hill! I remember a lot of the houses looking like that. Must have been built about the same time! I am excited for you all, what fun to remodle and dream :) Sandra