Welcome to our 1970s ranch! We have moved from our track home neighborhood to a neighborhood FULL of trees, people who walk their dogs, beautifully maintained yards, and general jolly-ment that I am so grateful to be a part of.
Photographing this house has proven challenging. It is much darker than our last home, and it is still rocking brown sagging carpet, brown paneling, brown cabinets, brown counters, BROWN, BROWN, BROWN. However, it has a 4th bedroom (meaning we will never outgrow the house), a fireplace, over 20 trees (!), and some vaulted ceilings. Our dogs spend 50% of their time squirrel hunting in the backyard which has been my new favorite hobby-- watching them do this.
When you walk in, there is a large dining room on your left and the living room is straight ahead. The dining room is where we keep our bar stuff and our record player; it is also where we do most of our dancing
.Through the dining room, we enter the kitchen. Our kitchen has lots of natural light and the sink looks out to the backyard. There is lots of work to be done in here, but it is functioning just fine for now.
On the opposing side of the kitchen is our living room. Our living room has beautiful builts in and a huge fireplace. It is open to both the dining room and the kitchen. It is pretty dark in there, but I can't tell if that is due to lack of windows or it is the brown paneling and heavy stone. TBD.
The downside of 20+ trees is the raking. We have spent the last three weekends trying to get our yard ready for Spring. And that means just trying to get all the dead leaves bagged and thrown away. We have used over 40 bags and still have the front yard to go. We put up string lights last weekend, so we are spending our evenings outside watching the dogs play.
Also, is backyard one word or two? Two for now.
On the other side of the house are all of the bedrooms. Look at that green vanity! We have short term plans to update our bedroom (scrape popcorn/new floors/paint), but long term plans to gut the whole vanity/bathroom/closet space. The master bedroom is huge and the 3 other bedrooms are decent size too.
The two rooms in the front have actually gotten makeovers. We had some friends moving in for a couple of months, so we booked it to get their rooms prepared. We scraped the popcorn ceilings, painted the walls/ceilings/doors, ripped out the carpet, patched 1000 holes, and put new floors down. We can't wait to do this to the rest of the house! It is not a small feat by any means, but we are taking our time with our home.
That is it for now. Not pictured: our laundry room-- huge mess, our creepy old shed in the backyard, and guest bathroom.
To Do List for 2017
- Scrape 1700 square feet of popcorn ceilings
- Replace carpet with laminate floors
- Replace baseboards
- Paint paneling in living room
- Make the master bedroom not suck