Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Storybook Cottage - The Before Photos

It's always exciting to start a new project and this one is no exception (BTW - we are still finishing up the Mid Century Marvel and will share photos as we get it done).  Introducing the Storybook Cottage - because seriously, doesn't it make you think of something from a childhood storybook?

The city records show the house was built in 1930.  The previous owners bought it in 1955 and didn't make a lot of changes, so it really is vintage!
It's just so charming!!!  I love the shed dormer across the front, it really exemplifies the cottage style.  And the board and batten shutters on all the windows - I bet they're original!

There is a front door, but the previous owners told me they never used it.

Instead, everyone uses the porch entrance, which is conveniently located next to the oversized 2 car garage.  I know it's not very cute right now, but we have plans!!!

And once you get inside the door, you're greeted by a refrigerator in a tight space.  We might need to change that!

To the right of the entrance is a first floor bedroom

that has its own bath.  It's one of the tiniest bathrooms I've ever seen (note the bathtub extends into its own alcove - wouldn't that be fun to clean!), but a first floor bedroom and bath is always a bonus!

To the left of the entry door is the kitchen.  I think it's original!!

Next is the dining room.  This south facing window brings in lots of light!

The living room is a nice long room, with 3 windows.

And there is a hallway that originally led to the front door.  Don't you love the original window up on the right?  We will be reusing that!

Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms.
Bedroom 1 is on the corner, with windows facing two directions.

Bedroom 2 is a bit small,

and check out the ballerina wallpaper in the closet!!

But to get to the third bedroom, you have to walk through the first one.  Hmmm..... can you imagine a kid that would like that idea?  Seems like a great way to get your kids arguing first thing in the morning!

Oh, and this room has kitten wallpaper in the closet.  I really do like that paper!!!

The bathroom is a bit dated, but has its own charm.

The basement has a sort-of finished room at the base of the stairs.  I'm trying to decide if we should update that - it could be a kids playroom or arts & crafts space.

There is also an antique 'Hercules' boiler (Sears Roebuck!!!), knob and tube wiring (with original fuses), and plumbing that creates all kinds of trip hazards.

We have a LOT of work ahead of us!  I hope you'll follow along.  And be sure and follow on Facebook or Instagram to see even more photos!

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  1. Oh my gosh, the boiler, the wallpaper, the fuses! Love it

  2. Can't wait to see you work your magic! I love the wallpaper-hope you can save it.

  3. Adorable. I can picture the family living there.

  4. So glad you all like it!!! It's got so much going for it, can't wait to make a few updates!

  5. Love the potential curb appeal ... and the promise of so much fun to be done on the inside. congrats on another great find!

  6. I can see Darren McGavin with those fuses!

  7. I love the ballerina wallpaper in the closet. I think you should save it if you can.

  8. Wow! The boiler and that fuse box! Lasted a long time.

  9. Waiting "patiently" for the during demo photos what stayed what went? :-)

  10. Ah, the wallpaper - straight from the 60's!

  11. Tons of potential here. The addition on the back is horrible though no doubt that is on your long to do list

  12. Save the ballerina wallpaper if you can!


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