Thursday, June 11, 2009

tour de farmhouse part 3

The moment you've been waiting for (I'm positive) has arrived. Today, we take the tour of the living room, kitchen, and laundry. Suh-weet!

I showed this photo earlier, but I'm showing it again to give perspective. The living-room has a decent-sized entry from the front, but now I want you to notice how the front door is off-center from the office to the left and dining to the right. No, this is not the angle of the photograph, the front door is actually a foot closer to the dining room. No worries, though. We plan to scoot the wall of the office out a bit and even up those door frames. Easy fix!

Looking in from the kitchen to the living room. It's actually a long, skinny room, so it'll be a challenge for furniture placement, I'm sure.

Out the back patio, there's 2 sets of double doors. I think that will be VERY nice in the fall to open those up.

Here's a sideways view of the room....and look at that nice mantle. What are those? Nails sticking up???? Ouch! I'm sure the previous owners had a use for that.

Gotta love the brass fan.....
Here's a look into the kitchen from the living area. Here's what I see:
  • A wall unit with broken doors and deep enough to park a semi in
  • A beautiful brick chimney that's covered up with drywall
  • A perfect excuse to do some demolition

Truly, we plan to knock that wall out (the one with the wall-unit) and open up that space from the living to the kitchen. We also plan to uncover that fireplace and show off the brick.

Now, for the laundry. This will be quick as there is exactly 5.8 inches of floorspace in here. Just kidding, but it is small.
Luh-hove the mustard-colored walls. Another awesome sponge painting adventure in here. The cabinets in here are actually the nicest in the entire house (once we cleaned up all the detergent that was spilled), so Greg plans to take them to use in his workshop.
The previous owners left the washer/dryer (well, that was part of the deal). What wasn't part of the deal was the 2 loads of clothes (one in the washer, one in the dryer) and all the socks in the drawers below, which the mice appreciated. After about 15789898238724 loads of Clorox-only, the washer and dryer have been deemed fit to actually clean clothes instead of infusing a musty-smell into them.

From the laundry into the kitchen, this is the view.

And, from the living into the kitchen. Our one main plan in this area is to connect the garage to this kitchen. It's just to the right of the wall you see here and will be easy to do as it's all under roof now. So, that's in the works.

Oh, and the view out that tiny window is the best view of the entire property. Remember the rainbow I posted earlier? That's the field. We're going to remove those upper cabinets and add some more windows here so we can enjoy that view a bit more.

And, last but not least, this is the wall that backs up to the chimney. Staying with my philosophy of "Why would you have drywall if you could have awesome brick?" theory, that wall will be stripped to expose the chimney and the stove will be placed on that wall. Yay!

Again, please feel free to leave comments or ask questions. I'll be posting about the upstairs bedrooms and baths tomorrow.


Lisa said...

Love the house and can't wait to see it all finished. I see the potential and your ideas are wonderful!! I know it is a lot of work and headaches right now, but I have a feeling the end result will be well worth it!! Congrats again!!

AllyW said...

Wow! Can i move in and be your maid! The house is crazy cool! I'm jealous and can't wait to see what you do with the place. Congrats and good luck :)

Aimee Ann said...

That kitchen has so much potential... love all the white in there. You got a great house... even with all the fixing up it needs!

Houston said...

I wonder if they were using the laundry room walls for practice before moving onto that beautiful red room?!
You have great ideas, I can't wait to see it all finished!

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful place! i can't wait to see it when you are finished :)

lisa truesdell said...

looks like a wonderful space - can't wait to see it all put together!

nicole said...

i really think your house is lovely. i am all for DIY projects...hahaha - if only we could get those done here...that being said, i think your plans sound great! i'll have to stop by again to check out your updates.

Nicole Samuels said...

Love seeing all the before shots and I definitely can't wait to see your after shots! :) And those nails on the mantle... probably for stockings to hang on?

*reyanna* said...

I LOVE this house!! If I haven't told you already... I'm so jealous. :) It is so beautiful, and I love your ideas! I can't wait to see the transformation... I love before, during and after photos. :D

And what weird people... leaving clothes in the washer and dryer?! Weren't they missing those when they got to their new home?! LOL.