Thursday, November 24, 2011

What's Inside?

 Ok, so we've gotten a little peek at the outside of the house we bought earlier this year, so now let's have a look at what it looked like inside.  This is where ya poke, peek, prod, and generally snoop around and see if a place has any merit.  This is the part that many people overlook due to the number of distractions involved.  The house wasn't on the proper market at the time but had been listed previously with no luck.  I hear people may have run away from here screaming.

When we bought the house, it was still full of stuff-and by full, I mean slam-full.  We had agreed with the seller that the auction could be held after the purchase as the first available time the auctioneer had available was two weeks later.  In the meantime, we cleaned, cleaned, CLEANED, and finally got most of the kitchen done.  Yep, pretty much just the kitchen and bath were cleaned before the auction.  You'll see why, well...kind of.  You really can't imagine the cooking goo and creepy stuff on everything in the room.  Gallons of bleach, straight ammonia, several pair of rubber gloves and a nice hard paint stripping brush helped, but tons of elbow grease was still required.  Wanna see?


Did I mention some kind of smoke stains on the ceiling and soffits?  That's the door to the laundry room there on the left.







Speaking of the laundry room, let's go have a look...


 This is the view from the kitchen to the door to the back porch.



The laundry area obviously.


Kind of interesting cabinet for storage.



Wonder what's up with that hump???  Still, it isn't something that can't be dealt with.

So, it's on the the bath of which there is only one.  By the way, did I mention we moved from a 6 bedroom, 4 bath house to a 2 bedroom, 1 bath house?  One bath took some getting used to.

 I'm just guessing, but I don't think a decorator lived here.  It's nice that the really disgusting stuff doesn't show up much in the pics. 

The previous owners were an older couple as were the 2 previous owners before them.  For reasons of mobility and comfort some alterations were made to the bathroom.  Notice the toilet on blocks?  I'm guessing that this was installed prior to the invention of the comfort height toilet.  The toilet is mounted on a stack of three 2x12s.  It's actually quite comfortable, but relatively unattractive.

On to the dining room.  While small and full of window and doors, at least there's a dining room which was one of my requirements as was an eat-in area in the kitchen.

See the hinges on the door to the right?  We discovered that someone had removed the French doors that belonged there.  Luckily, they kept them and we found them in the attic in perfect shape.

The missing French doors lead to the living room which is large enough to be functional and comfortable.  The door at the far end leads to the side porch.


If you look past the rather unpleasant combination of furnishings and decor, it's actually a pretty decent room.

While it's unfortunate that the open front door gives a passerby a straight view down the hall and right into the bathroom, it does have a hall-one of the features on my "list."


Of course the bedrooms are off the hall on the left. 

This room was actually used by Mrs. Previous Owner (who passed away 3 years earlier which was why her widower was selling the place.)  Personally, I wouldn't be able to breathe with all that stuff in there.

The Mr. had the room next door.

He was a little tidier than his wife.  And we actually like the wallpaper by the way. :)

So, that pretty much sums up the house as we bought it.  We moved in the middle of May, so we've been here 6 months.  Guess what we've been doing after work and on weekends?

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Here's a few more recent pics.


Kitchen


Laundry



Bath

Dining Room

Living Room

Hall

Mrs. Bedroom

Mr. Bedroom
We kept the wallpaper.

So that's a quick tour inside.  The kitchen, bath, and laundry room need a gut job and a re-think, but at least they're clean and functional until we get to those projects.  After the last house, I think we should take a rest on the gut jobs for a year or two.  Then there's always the insulating and finishing out of the attic to piddle with.

This is one of the projects we've been working on lately.  It's coming along nicely.