Here’s a look at our home when we purchased it, before renovation. We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath split-entry raised ranch. If you live on the east coast, you know the kind – they’re super popular here because they’re cheap to build.
Here’s what we are starting with:
This kitchen is a nice size, but it’s not functional. One row of cabinets and counter space in an 11 foot by 12 foot box. The issue is the sliding glass door on one wall and a heat run on another wall. The third wall has a refrigerator and pantry.
A 16 x 12 foot space, this room features one of the selling points of this house – the view of the farm and hillside out the front window. Unfortunately, those windows are foggy and need replaced. The carpet is in decent condition but we’d like hardwood at some point. And we need a light in here.
Not much here, except an outdated ceiling fan and another foggy window. The plans are to move the back door from the kitchen to the dining room (which also means moving the deck).
It’s dark. This whole house has been painted beige – but not a pretty beige. This beige has a green undertone making it look more baby poop-like. And the dark wood doors and molding – which are all scratched up and cracked – just make this hall look like a cave.
The door has a sign that says “Visitor’s Parking” – and that’s not the worst part of this bathroom. The beige tub has a weird texture that looks like it has been repaired. The sink is cracked and stained, and everything is brown. There is also a second door in the bathroom that opens to the master bedroom. We haven’t decided if we’re keeping this yet.
This is the largest bedroom my husband and I have had at 15 feet by 12 feet. The cons are that we have one four-foot closet and two foggy windows. The bedroom also don’t have any ceiling lights which is quite inconvenient.
Our daughter’s room is a blank box at 12 feet by 10 feet and has a small 2-foot wide closet.
The smallest of the bedrooms at 10 feet by 9 feet. This room also just has a 2-foot wide closet, but the closet is 3-feet deep and has a weird box on the bottom because it overhangs the stairs in the entry way. The window is also broken and missing a pane of glass – just a storm window keeping out the elements.
DOWNSTAIRS FAMILY ROOM
The downstairs is designed as a family room, but it will be my mom’s bedroom/sewing room. Two sets of windows on either side – both need replaced. You access the laundry room and the second bathroom through this room. The support beam is poorly covered by some old wood. I’m hoping caulking will fill in the gaps and make it better, but hubby thinks it needs to be torn down and replaced.
It’s small but functional. It needs a fan for ventilation, the ceiling light is hanging and needs to be attached to the ceiling, there is no molding around the door and there is an extra light switch that doesn’t seem to do anything..
LAUNDRY / UTILITY ROOM
When I first saw this, I thought a coat of paint would make this so much better. But then when we looked at the boiler, we realized that needed replaced and then we saw that there was no dryer vent. And yes, that is water damage under the washer hookups. So there’s actually a bit of work – and money – that needs to go in here.
This two-car garage has two separate overhead doors, but only one works. The support pole in the middle is rusted at the bottom. Our goal is to close off one bay of the garage and turn it into a game room.
The front of the house has so many overgrown plants, a large hill, and the driveway runs along the top of the hill to the right. That hill has so many dead trees and at least three large piles of brush left by the previous owner.
The backyard is overgrown but is a good size with large trees providing privacy from surrounding neighbors. The biggest issue is the dangerous deck. The nails are pulling out and the support beams are not held in properly — can you say “death trap?”
So that’s it. A lot of work, but it should be fun.