|View from street, in front of cottage|
Built in 1943, this house has only had one owner, prior to our purchase. They kept it in great shape…..but most everything is still original. For example, the Formica countertops are still there, but most people probably don't want the white with gold fleck design. And there is no dishwasher - which would make me crazy! It has the tightest kitchen work-triangle I've ever seen. The cook wouldn't get a lot of exercise in this kitchen. You only have 1-2 steps between the sink/stove/fridge!
Note the exhaust fan built into the wall. I'm sure it's an efficient design (no ductwork required!), but must be really cold in the winter!
I'd love to show you pictures of the dining room. But there isn't one. Which seems odd to me, didn't people have a more formal lifestyle in the 40's?
The living room is great. The fireplace is beautiful and we love the built ins. It's a nice sized room with lots of sunlight coming through the 'picture window'.
The furnace is original and seems to be held together with duct tape and bailing wire. That will be one of the very first things we address, as we switch to a gas, high efficiency boiler. We also have problems with water in the basement, so will be doing a full waterproofing system.
Upstairs, we have two bedrooms and no bathroom. Quite a challenge, if you need to go in the middle of the night! The ceilings are very, very low. With the dark pine paneling and the tiny windows, it's a very dark space. And for some odd reason, one of the dormers is built over top of the staircase, making it tricky to get into that space.
There's a nice screened in porch, right off of the kitchen. But I can't wait to paint it white. The brown stain makes it so dark out there!
So as you can see, there's lots of opportunity for improvement and updating. It can really be a lovely house, it just needs a little work (well maybe a lot) :-)
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