I was doing such a good job about regular blog updates and then things got all crazy again. It was bound to happen. My DVR is busting at the seams right now because nothing is getting watched.
I largely just hinted about the new house in my last post about the homebuying experience. We closed January 23rd on the original schedule which was a bit to my surprise. The sellers had a LOT of stuff to move out, but they got it done. The closing itself was pretty uneventful and streamlined because of my unique financial situation. There was some minor drama over getting the mail box key from the previous owners. Long story short, it was crazy complicated to get a new mail box lock so we had to get the old key.
The house is ~4000 sq ft with four bedrooms, 3.5 bath, and a 3 car garage and sits on over 4 acres. It was built in a Victorian style 20 years ago. We don’t know the actual square footage because the sellers didn’t know it exactly and since they originally built the house they had finished the basement. On top of that there was a large unfinished area above the garage that we are finishing.
We didn’t really set out to buy such a large house. This was just one of the few that hit the right marks for what we DID need and it hit our wishlist, plus it was priced such that it was a really good financial choice so it was an easy decision.
Appliances and remodeling supplies have been slowly arriving and Geoff has been diligently working to demo out the rooms that are getting remodeled. I don’t want to create one overwhelming post about the remodel so I’ll break it down here and post on each pieces as it goes.
The living room gets new carpets and the wood floors in the kitchen, eat-in, and entry get refinished.
The Kitchen – In the kitchen we are replacing the existing counters and appliances as well as adding a few upgrades. In an effort to save some money we are having the existing cabinetry repainted instead of replacing it.
Main Floor Half Bath – This one is a little up in the air. It’s just a half so we will probably replace the vanity and update fixtures.
Laundry/Pantry – This really needs new floors more than anything. It’s shared flooring with the Half Bath. I’d like a new laundry sink, but that’s on the list for if-the-budget-doesn’t-overrun.
The Dining Room – This was carpeted but will be redone with matching hard wood.
The Family Room – This was carpeted but will be redone with matching hard wood.
All of the bedrooms get new carpets.
Master Bathroom – The master bathroom had carpet (gag!) and while it met all requirements it wasn’t to my taste and wasn’t a great use of the space. This one is being completely gutted and rebuilt. Several fixtures are getting moved.
Upstairs Bathroom – This is the main bathroom shared by the three spare rooms upstairs. We went back and forth about how much of an update we could afford to do in this room, but eventually Geoff decided to tackle it. It eventually became a full gut and rebuild. We aren’t moving around any of the fixtures really.
Master Closet – This is sort of a mini-project. The master walk-in closet basically had another closet inside of it that had access from the hall. I get it, they were trying to create a linen closet, but it created an L shaped master closet. So we are just taking down the wall inside the closet and leaving the two doors. So yes, you can get in to the master bedroom through the closet. It’s a little weird, but I’m okay with it.
The Studio – This is the ~600 or so sq ft unfinished space above the three car garage. It’s just getting finished out to be my personal space. We might be adding some more windows, but I’m not entirely certain.
The basement is the only current part of the house, and other than needing to be finished (the job was never done), it’s pretty much just fine. It includes another “bonus room” which will be a guest room and the theater room. It has a full bathroom that needs to get finished, but it’s on Geoff’s project list as the basement is his space (mostly).
Oh my… So we need to build a barn, fence a pasture, and the landscaping could really use some attention. We’d also like to expand the postage stamp patio to something more fitting for the awesome basement entertaining space and the size of the house.