It’s got ‘good bones’. How many times have you heard that about a house? And what does it mean?
Well, for our new project, it means we have a good solid house, with the foundations for a sophisticated, gracious home. The ‘bones’ are the generous sized rooms, the wide staircase, structural integrity and the great floor plan.
But for now, it’s still sporting an 80’s look with dark kitchen cabinetry, tiled countertops, and only one bathroom.
|This was the height of fashion in the 80's!|
|Ditto for the light!|
Best of all, it’s a Gambrel Colonial – often called a Dutch Colonial if you live further south. I think of this as a quintessential New England style, with the steeply pitched roofline, that gives the house so much more character than your basic colonial.
Our new project was built in 1930 and still has many of its original features. I am in love with the foyer light fixture and can’t wait until we get it shined up to its original luster.
But the fixture at the top of the steps isn't quite as exciting :-) We'll say farewell to the pull chain soon!
We have 3 large bedrooms.
The master bedroom is large - and has 3 big windows.
and one very tired looking bathroom, that will be gutted back to the studs (we had the pipes freeze last winter, causing a bit more excitement than we needed, late one night).
The doorknobs are large glass globes, a bit different than I’ve seen in other homes in the area. LOVE them!
And we have a few of the old fashioned push button light switches, that give the place such a historic feel (although truth be told, it probably means we have knob and tube wiring as well…..sigh…..).
And it has a few other challenges as well. Per building code, we can’t have a wood stove venting into the fireplace. And while I love all the built ins, the living room might be too sunken. It seems odd to walk down so many steps - and it makes the windows seem oddly high. But if I raise the floor, that would mean getting rid of the built ins, or changing them dramatically. I'm still scratching my head about that one!
And I can’t decide if we should keep the original kitchen/dining room combination and use these two spaces as multiple living rooms. Or, create a giant kitchen, with a formal dining room and just one large living room.
|Should this be a Dining Room or second Living Room?|
Want to come check it out? We’ll be holding a ‘Before’ Open House on Sunday, July 17th.. 1-3 pm. Feel free to stop by and see it for yourself. I’d love to get your input on some of the design concepts we are thinking through! And if you do come, could you please bring a donation for the South Portland Food Cupboard? They are so grateful when we can help neighbors in need!