Monday, May 28, 2012

Diamond in the Rough - Before Photos

Yikes - is that a bathroom in the kitchen?  Why, yes it is.  And it's the only bathroom in the whole house!  We've closed on our new project and are realizing what a big project it is.  Remember, we bought this house without an inspection, so we're in the process of discovering what we've acquired.  It should be an interesting couple of weeks as we learn more.

We will be eliminating this bathroom, moving a powder room to an alcove off of the kitchen and putting a whole new bath on the 2nd floor.  So lots of big changes to come.  BTW - that's antifreeze in the toilet bowel.  The house was winterized, so there isn't any running water.  

Ah you ask, but what about those big water stains on the kitchen ceiling?  If there's no bath up there, where did they come from?  Excellent question!  We suspect that the heating pipes froze and burst, but that's a mystery we'll solve later this week.

And what's with the funky 2x4's on the window over the sink?  Looks like the window got broken and that's how they do the repair.....there's plywood on the outside.

If you're a fan of knotty pine - this is the house for you!
Dining Room

Upstairs Hall
The living room escaped the knotty pine treatment.

Future Bathroom - note the knee wall on the back of the room.....more about that next.

Master Bedroom.  Again, there is a knee wall at the back of the room.  
Master Bedroom 

What's behind that knee wall space?  Closet space with a shared dresser!!  The dresser has drawers that open from both sides.  But, it's only accessible if you're a lot shorter than Richard and me!
Last but not least, here's some pics of the basement.
This must have been a rec room at some point in time.....Richard's standing in front of the bar.  Note the wood stove and Player Piano

This piano is beyond saving.....but I thought I'd put it on Craig's List to see if anyone could salvage some parts.  It was manufactured by The Aeolian Co, New York, NY.  The song on the roll is 'Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head'.  Wasn't that from the early 70's?

So please stay tuned, we've got a lot of work ahead of us, but know that this Diamond in the Rough can be a real beauty when we're finished!!!

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  1. I'm so excited to see what you do with this house!

    1. Thanks Joslin - we keep moving from excited to terrified. This one has some real challenges!!! Thanks so much for following the blog. I appreciate the support :-)

  2. Please tell me you're keeping the exposed beams in the living room? Also, so excited to see what you do with this house!

    1. It's so funny you mention the beams. I was looking at them this afternoon and realized 1) they're fake (but we'd already guessed that), 2) they have great big gaps at both ends and 3) there are funky wooden plugs all along the edges. We're going to look a little closer tomorrow. I'd like to keep them, but don't want to highlight the poor construction!

  3. Laurel,

    After seeing what you did to the last house, I can't wait to see what your vision will create in #2!! So glad I'm going to be along for the ride!


    1. Thanks so much for following our blog! We are really excited about transforming this house. It has a lot of potential, but it's a big project!

  4. Wow, this looks like a great project! I'm sure there will be some great blog posts - and a gorgeous house - when you're done!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Kristin. It's great hearing from you - you've lived through this and done a beautiful job on your place!!!

  5. I cant wait to see what you will do it...I just got a house with a lot of wood paneling any ideas how to change it

    1. We finished the house up a couple of weeks ago. If you go to our home page and work your way backward, you'll see all the 'after' photos!

      Good luck!



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