The kitchen is TINY and while it's 'updated' I pretty much hate it. The maple cabinets, the enormous soffit with can lighting above the sink, the speckled granite, the stone backsplash....I would love to rip it all out and start over, but we can't do that.
There is only three drawers in the entire kitchen, so we are going to use the L-shaped eat in area for more cabinetry instead. I struggle with this because with kids, I love a place to eat in the kitchen...but the dining room is right there, so I don't think we'd miss it.
The kitchen door walks out to a decent sized deck.
Our grill and patio table will fit nicely here. I don't typically like raised decks because there is no privacy, but there are ways to help that and I plan to get creative! The backyard is also nice and big.
The great thing is that this house was built in 1967 and has original hardwood floors under the carpet throughout the main level.
The main bathroom is also original, with blue tub, retro floor and wall tile, and swirly shell counter tops.
The secondary bedrooms are all 10x13, which feels so much bigger than the 9x11 rooms we have in our current house.
I actually love the wood wall in this room!
However, this fake paneling is gone.
The master has two windows which I love, but only two average closets, so I'm a little worried about losing my walk in. I'm thinking of ways to incorporate more storage into the other rooms for all my stuff.
The master bath is totally not my style and impossibly tiny, but it's much better than not having one.
Luckily, the shower is bigger than our current one, and the window is amazing compared to our current dark master bath.
The lower level family room is huge, and I love that it has three large windows and doesn't feel like a basement.
Also down here, a large laundry room with window, laundry tub and storage. And a half bath with a window!
And another bedroom with two windows.
Check out that sweet carpet and gun cabinet! For now, this room is going to be a storage area because we are losing our large crawl space and bigger garage with rafters. Lucky for us, the attic in this house is large and actually usable once we take care of some ventilation and accessibility issues. Before we move in, we are having all the hardwoods refinished, all the trim replaced, and possibly a new railing installed.
And we will try to remove as much of the paneling as possible, everything is so much easier when you don't have your furniture in the way. I don't have any great photos of the railing, but I really hate it. I don't want to try to update it with the traditional white spindles/stained handrail because I don't feel it fits in this retro style house.
I'm hoping to install a simple metal railing with wood top like one of these:
I also like the wrought iron without any wood. It just has to be simple and fit the era of the house.One reason I want to replace the railing right away is because I'm not sure how our floor guy will refinish the floors around the existing one. I am just not sure we can afford a new one at this point. We also have to replace the rusty ugly outdoor railing at some point.