Video, Video, Video!

Only a month after I promised, too!

First, a few fun facts:

1.  I filmed the entire house, then watched the video, realized how terribly shaky it was, and re filmed the house.  It’s still shaky, but I walked slower, so it is better.

2.  I hate the sound of my voice on video; I sound like a man.

3.  You can see V throwing sand and hear E making noises in the back yard.  And, you can see Jack hanging in the back yard in the pool video.

4.  We’ve done a few little projects you can see, and I’ll share more later on.  Curtains and floor tile, I’m talking about you.

5.  This is the cleanest this house has been since we’ve started living here.  We’re expecting guests and I seized the clean house/quiet kid moment.

6.  Uploading the ten minute house video to YouTube took over two hours.  That’s how much we love our readers.

Here’s the tour of the house:

And a shorter video of the pool room.

Can I get a ‘finally!!’?

So, was it what you expected?

Planning it Out

I tried my best to explain the new house layout with descriptions and pictures, but a floor plan is worth 1000 words.  Even if that floor plan is my hand drawn, not to scale mess.  The upper level is almost self-sufficient, only the laundry room is in the basement to keep a household functioning.

The entry is a split level and all living spaces branch off from there.  Bedrooms and bathrooms are to the right, over the garage below.  And here’s the (wonky, not especially accurate) drawing of the basement.  Garages take up about half of the lower level.  Ben wants to knock down the walls between the storage rooms (at the top) and the garage to gain enough space to store two cars and his boat.

I didn’t know what to call the large, red-carpeted space in the basement, so it’s now the bonus room.  And here’s the pool room configuration, roughly.

So many doors in there!  Three out to the deck, one off the wet bar leading to the back patio, and another from the house, right next to my office.  The half bath backs up to the kitchen, accessible from the pool room.

Again, nothing is to scale, so things look off.  The boys bedroom isn’t that long and skinny, the kitchen isn’t that big, but it should help figure out which room is where.  When I find the time, I’d like to do a video tour, if you’d be interested…

Floor Plan, Finally!

In the 51 year history of our house, we’re only the second owners.  The old couple before us had the house built in 1960.  We’re fortunate enough that they left a few pictures and the original, hand drawn floor plans.  Because we’ve had a few requests to add a floor plan, I thought it would be fun to show you a few pictures of the original layout.  First, here’s the kitchen:

The sink, stove top, and refrigerator are roughly in the same place, but you can see there was a wall oven on the left side by the stove.  Where our peninsula now sits formerly was a wall with 24 inch deep cabinets.

Originally, our main level consisted of three bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths.

The main bathroom is the same, but we’ve altered the master bathroom by closing off a doorway and removing old duct work.  I know the plans are difficult to read, so I made a few digital versions.  Here’s the floor plan when Ben bought the house.

In 1997 or so, the old owners remodeled the kitchen.  They added a peninsula with cabinets above, but that was kind of the extent.  Before I met Ben, he had already closed off the door to the bathroom by the back door and added a shower.  In 2008, we converted the 3/4 bath to the full bath we have today.

As you already know, we’ve been working on renovating our kitchen, which included knocking down a wall.  Specifically this wall.

With the wall down, the whole living space feels open, airy, and modernized.

Our living room (and kitchen) before knocking down the wall:

And after:

Of course this picture is a few weeks old because we now have the new cabinets and counter tops in.