It’s finally here! Time to show you guys why we are willing to pack up our home (our first home, our child’s first home, and our baby for the past four years that we poured blood, sweat, and tears into) and move to the country. This is the house that we dreamed for, prayed for and are soo enamored with we want to write it love letters. Hopefully you will understand after seeing these photos why this opportunity is too good to not chase down, tie up and brand with a red hot iron.
Since this is only part 1 of the tour (it’s a big ole whale of a home so we broke it up so you wouldn’t end up watching a tour video longer than a American Idol Finale), we are only gonna show the first floor today. But don’t worry – we have the whole week to share the other bits of the house. You may remember the floor plan from this post…but just as a refresher, you may wanna look it over to make sense of the tour later.
For all you non-video watchers here is the picture play-by-play.
The exterior of the home is a bit of a mixture. The backside has siding, while the front has stacked stone and brick. Since they are similar colors, it mixes really well.
When you walk up to the front, you will see that the patio is slate tiled and we LOVE that. The color of the trim is NOT our cup of tea…or should I say flavor of dog vomit…it’s not good. And we will change it eventually. We also want to change the colors of the front doors…maybe to a dark crimsony red.
Once you go inside, the first thing that strikes me is the size of the foyer. It is two stories high…which is quite a different height than our current foyer (which is about 7 foot tall). The stair way to the upper floor is right there in front – and beside it is the glass paneled door to the basement stairway. The arched walkway to the right is the hallway to the kitchen, the half bath, the office, laundry room and garage.
You may notice the color…I fondly named it the very tasteful hue called Toothpaste.
Once you walk in, the dining room is immediately on the right. On the upside, it has a tray ceiling, hardwood floors, beautiful moldings and paneling, and plenty of room for a great big table. On the downside, it is quite red.
The arched doorway back into the foyer is the larger of the two openings in this room. The smaller archway is right next to it – yes, it’s a little odd but it does allow for even more natural light into the space which is never a bad thing.
If you step into the dining room and then turn around…here is your view. You can see straight back into the other side of the house. Directly across the foyer is the sitting room…we call it the reading room sometimes…and we have big plans for that space to be baby friendly room that has lots of colorful photos and a big comfy chair and lots of kiddy books.
The color isn’t so bad in here…but since the walls are dirty, we’ll probably have to repaint. You can see in this photo where the electrical sconces are missing.
Just past the french doors is the living room. You may remember this teaser photo…and this room hands down made me fall in love with the home. I absolutely love the natural light that pours in this room. That same wall of windows is a crime scene. About a year ago, Georgia experienced serious flooding and TONS of rain. The gutter right above these windows could not handle the waterflow…and it caused a leak right next to the doors. Since that time, the floors have been replaced that were damaged but they definitely need refinishing.
They boards aren’t perfectly matched in color and some of them still need a better fit. One day we’ll have them refinished…and hopefully stained to a dark chocolate color.
When you turn around in the living room, you can see straight back into the reading room. There are some arched nooks right next to the french doors and we have no idea what to do with them yet….we’ll figure it out. Don’t worry your pretty little head.
In the back of the house is the kitchen. We love the arched windows and the fact that there are two sinks. We don’t like the groddy caulk and the brassy fixtures.
From the kitchen you can see into the living room through the extra wide doorway. You can also access the back deck here. So dreamy…
The doorway in the back of the kitchen opens up to the barrel walkway that runs from the foyer to the garage. Next to the doorway is the coat closet (it’s oh-so-spacious compared to our current one!) and across from there is the half bathroom.
The half bathroom is going to be one of my favorite projects. Why? BECAUSE it is hideous. It looks like some was killed in there and then the blood was shmeared all over. Seriously who does this to a room? Why would you? What did that room ever do to you except alleviate you from your ‘burden’?!?
Seriously…that this is getting painted before you can say UGLY.
Turn left coming out of the kitchen and you will see the little area that leads to the laundry room (left), the office (center) and the garage (right).
The laundry room is WONDERFUL. One – because it is on the main floor. Two – because it isn’t a bathroom. And three – because it has one of those ever-so-helpful utility sinks. I know I am a bit loco to get wild about a utility sink but I have a little boy. Nuff said.
The office is an answer to prayer. We always wanted a separate space for Jeremy to work (since he does work from home 99% of the time)…and this space is PRIME for a getaway for him to make the big bucks.
It also has it’s own full bathroom…crazy, huh!?
The garage is HUGE! It is a three car garage and has PLENTY of space for our vehicles (while still leaving room for a possible second fridge or standup freezer – dude, when you coupon, it’s like a necessity!)
Okay – so that is the photo tour – now for the real goods…the video walk-through. Sorry it took me so long…but here it is and I hope you guys see all the potential that we do in this home!