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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14 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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  6. I can see Darren McGavin with those fuses!

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

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

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

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

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

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