Our 1957 Diamond in the Rough
As promised here are a few pics of our new house (or should I say "new to us" house). While we're a little apprehensive about the amount of work we have ahead of us, it's mostly excitement. I'm itching to get my hands on this lovely lady. The interior is in original condition right down to the carpets (which I love but don't think I can live with), so we'll be trying to keep the character & charm that she was designed with. The thing that most appeals to me with houses of this era is the large windows and large rooms, of which we have plenty. The floor plan layout also suits us perfectly, with bedrooms all together on a split level between the upstairs living areas and downstairs playrooms.
We have a 90 day settlement so will be spending the next couple of months planning & designing the refurbishment. I've been out of my professional career as an Interior Designer for 3 years now while at home with the kids. Unfortunately, as a consequence I've lost the contacts & knowledge I had with regard to suppliers, contractors & products (also moved to a new state) so I'll be needing to devote some serious time to researching and haggling. As I go I'll try to share some of the best finds with you.
We renovated our last house during the winter while living there (including major structural works) which was a memorable experience. Lets just say we won't be going there again, especially this time with the addition of 2 toddlers. The plan is to complete the changes before we move in, with the expectation we will have our first Xmas there this year. Woohoo!!