So, are you ready for a tour?
After driving up a bit of a driveway, you walk up a little path and knock on the door. We don't have a doorbell. It's kind of nice, because when the kids get locked out of the house "accidentally", they usually knock a few times and then resort to ringing the doorbell a million times in a row, wake the napping toddler, until I have to drop what I'm doing to come let them in.
The house is a classic split-level home. There are those metal folding closets in all the rooms upstairs. That linoleum floor is the one that Josh gets to replace in his spare time. ;) All of the rest of the floors upstairs are bamboo, and downstairs is tile. I honestly miss having carpet. It's surprises me how much I miss it, since it's such a hassle to keep clean with kids! Carpet you can sit on and lounge upon and play on, it doesn't collect dust (that you can see). I find myself wearing shoes all the time, because walking on hard floors hurts my feet and back! We had to hunt around Craigslist and yard sales for decent area rugs to add some cozy padding to the floors. You'll see the array of mismatched rugs we have throughout the house!
The living room area is around one side of the staircase, and kitchen and bedrooms on the other. The living room is where we spend most of our time. It feels a lot smaller than that big open floorplan of our White House, plus the kids just keep getting BIGGER! :) We play games, read books, lounge, watch TV, drag out the toys to play on the soft carpet. The other half of the room is the computer station.
|We have a large mirror that need to go riiiight...there.|
|The owner seemed to really like unusual ceiling fans.|
|Another different light fixture.|
The countertops are all this butcher block material. I'm not sure exactly how to clean it thoroughly and properly. It seems like it would hide a lot of bacteria, but I don't know. I LOVE the dishwasher! It's whisper-quiet, unlike our old ROARING monster.
Gettting used to a different space is the big challenge of any move. Our last house had a cabinet for EVERY thing, and this one is a bit cramped, and things are OPEN and OUT, which makes me feel like things are always disorganized and a mess. That area next to the oven has blender, mixer, oil, vinegar and potatoes. Yeesh. But, we are making it work!
Down the hall is a bathroom and two bedrooms.
This is Diddles' room. The closets are really small. Josh's stuff filled the entire Master Bedroom closet, so I share this one with Diddles. We don't have any sort of toy "room", so the kids have to keep their toys in their rooms. The opposite wall from this one has a dresser and those mesh metal shelves to hold her toys.
Master Bedroom: They painted all of the ceilings and walls white, with exception of a couple bedroom walls. True, it makes it feel really big, but it also makes it feel a little cold, in my opinion, and the bare floors don't help. I'm not much of a decorator, so it's been hard to pinpoint exactly what it's lacking, and what to do to help warm things up a bit w/o spending any money!
Downstairs, there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. This doorway leads out to the garage.
The laundry/furnace/water heater "area" is pretty small, but that washer and drier are HUGE! They work really well though, and they have those big drawers underneath that hold all your detergents and stuff.
The kids bathroom has a heated floor you can turn on. It's funny it has that feature, but it doesn't have a toilet paper holder. Strange.
Yaks' room. Josh built him that big shelf so he can put all of his treasures out of Diddles' reach. It's pretty awesome. Yaks also has a bonus feature of an under-the-stairs clubhouse! He likes to spend time in there making Lego creations or decorating it with his drawings.
|Pretty fun, eh?|
Finally the guest room. Originally in the remodel the owners envisioned this room possibly being a type of Den, putting a couch and a TV, toys, etc. I personally think it's too narrow for that, but it's made a nice little extra room for all of the "homeless" items in the house: the ironing board, the extra TV, bookshelf, office stuff, pictures and photo albums, etc. It's got these pretty double-doors with a faux stained-glass finish.
Thanks for coming! I hope you enjoyed the tour!