For those of you just joining the ABP party…here’s the lowdown…we found a foreclosed home that meets every single wishlist item we could possibly think of, we put in an offer (which was WAY less than the appraised price) and it was accepted. We are officially under contract for this lovely fixer-upper (and the five acre lot it sits on!) and crossing our fingers that everything goes smoothly until the closing date which just happens to be on February 14th. Here’s hoping that we get to show it the love it needs on Valentines Day. Our current home is up for rent (if you are interested – we would love to rent it to you!). We adore the home we currently have but are ready to move from the ‘burbs to the country.
I didn’t do a great job with the floor planner version of the second floor (you can see all three floors here)…but hopefully looking it over will help you get a sense of where’s where and what’s what as we poke around up there. It has four bedrooms – including the Master Suite, which is GINORMOUS. Seriously…if I called this a house before I was remiss. It’s a mansion. We are buying a frickin’ castle. I am going to demand that people start calling me Mrs. and guests will need to be greeted by a butler…named Jeeves. Crazy.
We left off in the foyer. As soon as you walk in the front door, you are greeted with the stairs that lead upwards. In my parents home they have two sets of stairs and I always thought I would want that…until I birthed Will. Now I want only one set of steps and an alarm system that senses heat, motion and air disturbance near the steps. Both for Will as a toddler and a teenager.
From the foyer you can see what we call the catwalk. It’s the upstairs hallway that overlooks the foyer and the stairway. I am terrified of it. I am seriously contemplating buying caution cones just to make sure I don’t get too close to the edge and end up throwing up. It’s funny – I never was afraid of heights before I had ACL surgery. I wonder if Bob the Tendon Donor was scared of them?
Once you make it up the stairs you can turn right and head off into the guest room…
The carpet in here is gross. It’s stained and old and pretty hideous of a color for our neutral lovin’ aesthetic. Jeremy told me that it needs to go pronto…and I couldn’t agree more. The room though is in pretty good shape. It has a great big window that overlooks the front yard and even a little mini bench area that I think will be a great place for books and some small house plants.
The guest bedroom also has it’s own full bathroom. It has MUCH better tile the the first floor guest bathroom – no crazy blood red veining. But it is also sporting some very color-specific teal colored glass tile in the shower. We don’t think we will tear them out yet…but one day if the green hue doesn’t work, it’ll be a super cheap fix.
Exit the guest bedroom and turn around and here is your view. The hall leads all the way back to the other side of the house – and the three other bedrooms. For this photo-tour we are heading straight back to that pink room…
Yes. I said pink. And I meant PIIIIIINK. It has purple carpet and sponge-painted pink walls. Hello 1990’s it’s nice to meet you. This room is the Jill room of the adjoined Jack&Jill rooms. Right now the plan is to make the Will room…so we will have Jack&Will rooms…which is kinda funny since that is my son’s name basically – William Jackson Bower. Hmm.
Anyhoo…we are definitely going to change everything in here. I think my manly boyfriend would die before painting his son’s room Pepto Bismal.
If you go to see the bathrooms that join the two kiddie rooms, there is an additional little storage nook in the back. There is a little hallway to it. We think it was originally just for storage…but we want to turn it into a place for toys to run amok.
Here is the Jack bathroom. It’s kinda confusing to describe. Each bedroom has it’s own sink and vanity with the closet attached…then they share the toilet and shower. The light fixtures in this house make me question how easy it is to become a light fixture designer. I mean, do they let anyone do it?
The Jack room is pretty…umm…flourescent. Like if you took out a piece of drywall you could hang it in front of the 7-11 as a neon sign right next to the one that says “LOTTO HERE”. And the carpet is not much better.
Across the hall from the Jack room is the master suite. And boy, is it saa-weeet! Sorry for the corny jokes…they tend to flow like cheez-wiz in the south. The room is not painted a horrible color…I know shocker. But it is painted another shade of that turquoise…I think the previous owners definitely had a color preference.
The room has LOTS of natural light and it looks HUGE with the double tray ceiling and the separate sitting area. The little roommette (I just made that up) off to the side is the sitting area and it has one of those fireplace inserts – so consider me ready for some romance on a cold winter’s night 🙂 Hint hint…(I hope Jeremy’s reading this otherwise it’s just awkward).
On the other side of the room is the entrance to the closets and the bathroom. My closet would be the one on the right and it is so big that I could seriously trade in my dressing room for just that one closet.
At the end of the hall is the bathroom. It has a his & her’s vanity (quite a big difference from our current cracker-jack-box bathroom) and although it’s no male locker room (inside joke), it will definitely be a step up. Even with those light fixtures.
The finishes in the bathroom are going through an identity crisis of sorts. The floor is a travertine…and the countertops are a black granite and then the shower is a slate. The window is a traditional design and then there is a glass block that is very…ugly…and it’s in the shower. Combine all that with a bunch of gold and you have this master bathroom.
Okay – so there you have it folks! Now for the fun part – where you get to make fun of me as I try to walk & talk at the same time 🙂
And it’s not even midnight 🙂