16 November 2012

House Tour, The Before Pictures (October 2012)

Remember how we bought a house? Well today, I'm finally going to show you some pictures of it! I'm going to be extremely candid with you. I've been scared to show pictures of our house to anyone, even to my real life friends, because I'm genuinely afraid that people will think we're crazy.

So many of my "blog friends" showcase their gorgeous homes, and I start comparing and worrying, knowing ours will never measure up. Our house is a California ranch-style, 1598 square feet, with two bedrooms and two baths. It was built in 1966 and belonged to the original owners until they passed away recently at over one hundred years old. When we bought it, the inside was totally unchanged by time, still containing original carpet, light fixtures, popcorn ceilings and wood paneling. The main wall in the dining area was covered with mirrored tiles and the master bathroom was mint green. When we first saw it, Brandon compared it to Graceland.

But we loved the neighborhood and the large lot the house sits on, with its mature trees and beautiful roses and hydrangeas in the backyard. We also saw an opportunity to get an amazing deal. Gradually it began to grow on us, and I saw a vision of our lives there. Not fully understanding the overwhelming amount of work ahead of us, we put in an offer, and so our adventure began! Meet our house, as it looked when we got our keys on October 1, 2012...


The Entry & Front Living Room:


The Kitchen:





The Dining Area & Den:





The Guest Bedroom:



The Guest Bathroom:



The Master Bedroom:





The Master Bathroom:



The Laundry Room:


The weekend after the house closed, we ripped out all the carpet and had the popcorn ceilings stripped. I remember staring at our house, with tears in my eyes, and telling Brandon that I feared we'd made a mistake. There wasn't a single part of the house I didn't hope to change, and at this realization, I was completely overwhelmed. After some deep breaths, I decided to fully commit to believing in my vision. I promised myself that someday, nobody will believe how "us" our house is.

Like I said, it's not our dream home. Someday, I dream of having a Tudor or Colonial style house with marble countertops, high ceilings, a big dining room and a couple more bedrooms. But for now, I'm just so thankful to own a home that we can afford all by ourselves at 23 and 25 years old. I'm thankful to be in a neighborhood that we absolutely love. And I'm thankful we had extra money leftover, so that we could begin phase 1 of renovations immediately. I'm beyond excited for the next chapter of our lives that we'll spend living here! We still haven't moved in, but now, a month and a half later, I've seen so much progress and I feel so much better about this decision. I can't wait to show you the changes we've been working on! Starting Monday, I'm going to take you through our house, room by room, with updated pictures and details of future plans. Be prepared-- I like a lot of white, and crystal light fixtures!

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14 comments:

  1. I understand, Bri. My husband and I bought a house this year and the day after we moved in, my husband took a shower to find out the shower pan is cracked and the shower leaks. We found a puddle downstairs in our kitchen. So we are showering in the other bathroom and saving our pennies for an earlier-than-expected bathroom remodel. Tears were involved. You can do this. Home ownership is hard but rewarding!

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    1. Deborah: Oh my gosh, that sounds like any new homeowner's worst nightmare! I'm so sorry! Right after we bought our house, we found a leak under our master bathroom sink, and when messing with the pipes, water started squirting out all over the bathroom! Ever since, I keep envisioning more absurd disasters like that happening. Have you ever watched the movie "Money Pit?"

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    2. OMG we just watched the Money Pit movie a month ago after a friend recommended it. Makes our problems look like nothing. :-P Hilarious movie. Was thinking about your darling 60s ranch all weekend. I am imagining beautiful things. :-)

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  2. I think your home has AMAZING potential and I already know that with your style, you're going to make it look STUNNING! Don't worry and trust your gut! By the way, if you ever want to sell the lights about your vanity...I'm your gal! I love the 60s style lighting!!

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    1. McCaulie: Aw, thanks! :) At this point, the vanity light is the only one in the house we're planning on keeping. If we ever change our minds, I will hunt you down!

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  3. I can't wait to see what you have done with this house!!!

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  4. I think it is so sweet that the original owners lived their until they passed. I can only imagine how much they loved their home.

    Can't wait to see what you've done!

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  5. It has SO much potential! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  6. Oooh, girl, I watch enough Property Brothers to see that there is a TON of potential in that house! I'm so excited to see how it comes out -- you have fantastic taste, so I know it'll be amazing! I hope you're keeping that awesome vanity nook off the master bedroom!

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    1. Steph: Thanks! "Property Brothers" is definitely our life right now... And of course I'm keeping the vanity! At first I thought it was crazy, but I'm envisioning making it a totally girly space for myself! Can't wait!

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  7. So much potential! It's going to look fab! And who needs a fancy, huge house when they're first starting out?! Seriously, some of my friends have bought these homes that they cannot even furnish but shoot, look at how great the cabinets are! My husband and I bought our first home knowing we wanted to stay under our tight budget, be able to make renovations and put our personal touch on it, and in time, move on. If you start at the top, where can you go next? Cannot wait to see all your hard work pay off!

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    1. Kayley: Thanks! Seriously, such an encouraging comment! Would love to hear more about your house! :)

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  8. I love the mini stage area from the kitchen to the living room. you should keep that LOL! So fun!!!

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  9. Cassie: Definitely keeping it. The two living areas are sunken, so that whole side of the house is a step up. We removed the mirrored tiles though!

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