Sunday, July 7, 2013

The New Englander - Before Photos

It feels like we're jumping into this new project very quickly.  But before we get too far into it, I wanted to share some 'before' photos.

I have to confess.  I just love this house.  It has some beautiful architectural detail and even though the floor plan is 120 years old, it has great 'bones' for modern day living.  I've been spending a LOT of time with my favorite CAD program, trying to finalize the layout and there are many options (but more about that in another blog post).  But here's a look at what we're starting with:

The front entry way.  Look at that newel post!!!  At last, real architectural detail that's original to the house.

Here's the view to the Living Room.

Looking toward the front of the house.

The Kitchen.  Love that beam....although it can't be original.  The saw marks don't jive with 1892.  But it adds so much character to the space.

The back room.  The previous owners said they didn't really use this room.  It was way too drafty and cold in the winter (more about that later).  And there are some structural issues we have to deal with - not to mention a staircase that's seriously out of code.  But it's a great space and we can't wait to figure out how best to utilize it.

It also has this wonderful corner cupboard, that we think is original.  Don't you love it?

The current master bedroom is a nice sized space with a big closet.

The second bedroom is flooded with light, thanks to these skylights.

This is the future master bedroom.  This space has so much potential!!!  We're envisioning a tall ceiling, larger window and skylights.  It's a good sized space - almost 14x17.  We can't wait to see this come together.

This is the only bathroom in the house.  It's a big space - almost 10x12.  Almost too big, actually, considering the other room sizes.  But we love how bright it is, thanks to the giant skylight.
So what do you think?  Are you already getting some ideas of what the changes will be?

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  1. You will do fabulous things to that house. Can't wait to see the progress.

  2. Skylights in the master bedroom? I would be concerned with light coming in when the new owners want to sleep. Have to admit, that is one feature I would not want in my own home.

    1. Good point on the skylights - but that's why they have special blind kits that can be installed! That way you can go for the sunlight (which I crave) or block it out!!!

  3. I have to ask - what is your favorite CAD program? I'm attempting learn sketch-up but the slogging through tutorials is a little slow…Love your blog and your sense of style!

    1. I've also struggled with Google Sketch-up. I can't do it as easily as the video tutorials!

      I have a Mac. I downloaded an app called - Live Interior 3D Standard. It lets me do all my floor plans in 2D, but then display 3D views. It was inexpensive ($50) but has pretty good functionality! I keep thinking I should get serious and lean AutoCad. But thus far, this has worked well for me.

      Good luck!



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