If you follow us on instagram or facebook, you have probably noticed that we bought a house! I know, A HOUSE! A 4bd 2ba, 1887 DREAMBOAT that we couldn’t be more eager to lay our hands on and crawl inside.
We’ve been so ridiculously busy with family stuff, tying up loose ends in Chicago, and (oh yeah) a 13 day close on this house that we haven’t had the chance to share with you all of the details. Don’t worry… this is where it all comes in!
So, for starters, a few of you might be wondering where this dreamboat resides. While we love Chicago, we are proud to now claim the St. Louis metro area as our new home! A bit slower pace, closer to family, you know… all of that settling down family-style business.
Okay, okay… enough is enough.
Meet: Penn Street! She’s a solid old girl who has been kind enough to let Henry park his carseat for a little while.
When you first walk in, theres a big old staircase greeting you. The lime green, asian placard, and faux stain glass are only staying at the party for a minute.
It’s hard to see beyond that dark glossy red, but the living room has the most amazing bay window!
The ceilings are high and the windows are huge! We’ve already pulled up the carpet and painted primer over the red (couldn’t happen fast enough)!
The next room is the dining room, again painted an interesting shade.
This is the only room with the original hardwoods still exposed. Unfortunately, they are so lacquered you can basically see your reflection, so we’re going to have to get all of the floors in the house refinished. I know… WOMP womp. We’re just glad that what we’ve found (so far) under the carpet and laminate is salvageable.
Off the dining room is what will be the office. The previous owners had it as their master.
There’s a small bathroom here too that will function as the main guest bath.
Back through the dining room is the kitchen. It’s a fairly good size, but it needs a major facelift. The cabinets and laminate floors are getting ripped out and we’re going to upgrade the appliances. We also plan on dropping a small island in the center for some extra counter space.
Through the kitchen in a small mudroom/laundry area that leads to the basement and the back porch.
Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. There’s also a large amount of storage and closet space, giving little Henry lots of good hide and seek spots.
First, the master.
Nothing huge or fancy, but a big wall of windows, closet space, and (hopefully) nice wood sleeping under that carpet.
Henry’s room is perfect for a little boy, complete with a child-size Narnia closet hideaway. All of that blue and brick is going white and the carpet is coming up, too.
The guest bedroom/mommy closet spillover has another baby closet door that leads to a gigantic crawl space that we are currently calling the time out room (kidding, folks). There’s also a pretty big regular person size closet in there.
The bathroom is fairly ready to go after some paint and upgrading of mirror and sink. Eventually, we’d like to knock out some walls and make it more open, but that’s on the back burner for now.
One thing is for sure, we won’t be running out of projects anytime soon.
While the previous owners taste isn’t say… exactly our style, they truly took great care of this house and kept on top of all of the important stuff. They were also apparently a whole lot better gardeners than we are.
This overgrown veggie garden on the side of the house is now apparently in our hands. Also, tons of flowers and sturdy bushes line the entire house and backyard.
And to top it all off, there’s a back deck that will be satisfying our dining-al-fresco needs on the regular.
Smile, Brian. You’re on candid camera! Not really.
Overall, we’re feeling incredibly fortunate. We’ve wanted a fixer upper with the right amount of fixer upping needing for so long. We have looked at houses that needed a TON of work and others that were just a little too done and this one hit right in the middle.
It’s going to take a while and a lot of hard work, but that’s the beauty of it all. We can take our time, do it right, and soak up every ounce of homeownership.
So, wish us luck and check back soon. Phase 1 of demolition/operation blank canvas is coming your way!