Saturday, January 14, 2012

Little Blue House - house tour.

Welcome to the Little Blue House!

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bedroom 1:

square footage: 1462
bedrooms: 3
bathrooms: 1 1/2  2
exterior: wood siding vinyl siding
yard: overgrown but quite large
age: 84ish

EXTERIOR


Never judge a book by its cover, right?  Well in our case, thankfully we didn't judge the character of this house by it's dilapidated exterior!  When we moved in, we knew that once we got the inside to a live-able state, we needed to tackle the faded, chipping, lead painted wood siding!  In the fall of 2012 we wrapped the house and installed new vinyl siding and gutters.  As you can see, the transformation was astonishing!  It's a whole new house!  Up next for the exterior is to add some rain barrels and window boxes to spruce it up even more!


GARAGE/SHED


Since moving in (nearly three years ago) we've emptied it of all the previous owner's stuff and replaced it with our own.  Someday we'll get to this building...most likely to tear it down and replace it with an actual garage, but in the meantime, it's a great storage space for all our outdoor stuff.

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LIVING ROOM


This room is by far the most lived in room in the house.  We started by having the doorway between the living room and kitchen widened which definitely helped make the house feel more open.  Next we replaced all the windowsrefinished the bookshelf, and re-finished the floor.  


Once we filled the room with our boxes of books and new furniture, the room definitely started to take shape.  We printed and hung some of our favorite photos on the wall and with that the room felt like home.

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BATHROOM


We've had that shower curtain for years, the colors along with the floor tiles were the inspiration for the color palette in the bathroom.  The tan color along with the chocolate vanity and shades really warmed up this room.


We weren't planning on replacing the vanity initially, but we're so glad we did.  Not only do I love the new modern look, but the style opened up the room and gave us nearly a foot more space to move around between the sink and shower.  Using the same luxury vinyl tile on the bathroom floor as the kitchen made for a nice seamless look.


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KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

phase 1:
remove wall between kitchen and dining room
move door
replace windows
remove plaster
hang drywall
move plumbing
rewire
build cabinets
install cabinets
install lighting
install appliances
paint walls
build pantry
install vinyl tile flooring
install trim
paint trim
hang art/photos

phase 2:
install backsplash
build farmhouse table & bench
build butcher block cart
paint backdoor
install screen door
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bedroom 2 {office/spare room}:
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stairs:
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bedroom 3 {master suite}:
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replace windows
rewire
paint walls
install laminate flooring
install trim
paint trim
ceiling fan
update closet system
replace windows
rewire
paint walls
install laminate flooring
install trim
paint trim
ceiling fan
hang curtain for closet
build headboard
repurpose desk
hang pegboard storage
install drywall on external wall
install paintable wallpaper on inside wall
paint walls
install trim
paint trim
refinish hand rail
refinish floors
install carpet runner
update light fixture
move light switch to bedroom
install coat hooks
hang art/photos
repaint door
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master bathroom:
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paint walls
refinish floor  lay new flooring
install trim
paint trim
hang curtains
new dresser
hang shelves
hang art/photos
update closet system
create second closet
hang curtains for closet
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FRONT YARD
remove old vanity
remove tile floor
remove toilet
move plumbing
rewire
hang lighting
build new walls
install shower
install new pedestal sink refinished vanity from downstairs
re-install toilet
paint walls
build shelving unit/medicine cabinet
hang mirror
install vinyl tile flooring
install trim
paint trim
install towel hooks
install pocket door
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back yard:

landscape
create pathway to garage and back of house

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porch:
cut back overgrown brush around house
landscape
build deck

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all around:
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replace screen door
paint front door
add railing/ screen in porch
create ceiling
re-do steps
paint
install ceiling fan

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{there really is a house somewhere behind all that brush!}

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