New House Spring 2012 to Fall 2013

I had posted pics of the “new” house in a post, so it eventually got buried way down the blog, so I decided I’d put together a side-bar page to keep up with the slowly changing landscape that is our home.

First, here are some photos from outside the house when we first looked at it. It was February of 2012, so it wasn’t quite so evident what we were in for, in terms of weeds and things.

Front of th house

Front of th house

Behind the garage

Behind the garage

View of upper deck from below

View of upper deck from below

The family room doors and door to laundry area

The family room doors and door to laundry area

Lower deck off family room

Lower deck off family room

Deck behind kitchen

Deck behind kitchen

Barn for Lyle's toys

Barn for Lyle’s toys

Were the dogs will NOT be housed (maybe the lawnmower?)

Were the dogs will NOT be housed (maybe the lawnmower?)

Care for a swim??

Care for a swim??

Come spring (then summer) things got to looking quite a bit different outdoors!

(4/7/12)  The pups are relaxing while Lyle, his Dad, and I work around the house.

(4/7/12) The pups are relaxing while Lyle, his Dad, and I work around the house.

Does it stay, or should it go?  (4/7/12)

Does it stay, or should it go? (4/7/12)

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There were SOOO many “things” growing around the pool (well, there still are; no matter how much we’ve cut down or sprayed, stuff just keeps coming back! We just don’t have time as of now – Sept, 2013 – to pay attention to the pool).

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Of course, we can’t really justify taking their home away – at least not yet…

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Lyle certainly lucked out with this nice big pole barn for all his “toys.” The opaque panels that originally were in place to add some natural light were all busted. Guess that material isn’t as strong as the regular metal siding/roofing.

More space than the barn we have now. :)

More space than the barn we have now. 🙂

Barn needs a new skylight

Barn needs a new skylight

Lyle didn’t feel the need for the additional lighting, so covered those holes with the metal roofing material. Not too difficult a job.

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Of course I went to work on the front yard as best as I could first thing. It’s still and on-going project as not everything I initially planted lived, and some things that would have lived were killed by some stray cat that feels the need to use my front yard as its litter box!

Cut back those bushes under the living room window.  Still need to remove those stumps.  Then I'll need ideas for new landscaping around there.  (4/8/12)

Cut back those bushes under the living room window. Still need to remove those stumps. Then I’ll need ideas for new landscaping around there. (4/8/12)

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Of course, we also are lucky enough to have a nice big pond at the rear of our lot. Eventually I want to build a patio and fire pit back there, but that’s not very high on the list of things to do. For now, we just walk the dogs back there and let them play.

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So, I guess this takes us inside.

Again, I’ll start with photos I took before we actually bought the house…

Okay, you walk into the foyer, and look up towards your left, and you see the living/dining space:

Looking up into the living/dining space from the foyer

Looking up into the living/dining space from the foyer

This looks back towards the front yard, and the bay window:

Front window in living room

Front window in living room

Back in the foyer, you are met with this “lovely” light fixture:

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Ahead of you, when you enter, is a half bath:

Half bath off foyer

Half bath off foyer

Immediately inside and to the right of the front door is what could be the “fourth bedroom” or a den/office space. Up close, the sponge technique was actually well-done…it was just too dark, and had the possibility of bird poop mixed in, in one corner!

Scrap room/office again

Scrap room/office again

Will become my scrap room/office (off foyer)

Will become my scrap room/office (off foyer)

Walk a bit farther into the foyer, past the den, and you will find the family room also to the right. It has a nice big stone fireplace, but the floors are damaged (as are those in the living/dining room). Oh, the linoleum in the foyer is hideous, too. Can’t wait till we can re-do ALL the floors!

Family room

Family room

Family room

Family room

From the foyer, you also have access down to the unfinished basement. Well, they may have tried to finish part of it, if you call industrial carpet and paneling “finished”:

Another view of the basement

Another view of the basement

Storage/utility room in basement

Storage/utility room in basement

Basement level

Basement level

Utility area

Utility area

Off the dining room, of course, you’ll find the kitchen. It’s nice and big, but the cabinets are out-dated, most appliances were missing, and the tile floors are broken. This room will eventually get a complete over-haul, but, as it’s functional, it will have to wait.

Rest of kitchen

Rest of kitchen

Eat-in side of kitchen

Eat-in side of kitchen

So, let’s head upstairs. At the top of the stairs and to the right are two smaller bedrooms that face the front yard. The first wasn’t too bad in terms of color scheme, but the second was a horrible Pepto-Bismol pink!

Scott's room versus office versus excerise room?

Scott’s room versus office versus excerise room?

Another view

Another view

(Help!  I'm blinded by the color!)

(Help! I’m blinded by the color!)

Dog's room versus office?

Dog’s room versus office?

The main full bath was some depressing purple tone and the tile floors in there are also broken. Both this bath and the half-bath off the foyer sport gray toilets and sinks. All the bathrooms have some strange blue-purple-pink “marbled” countertops. All bathrooms will get complete over-hauls, too, when we can afford it. (It is across from the stairs and faces out over the garage/driveway)

Hall bath upstairs

Hall bath upstairs

The Master bedroom is to the left, facing the rear of the house. There is some hideous emerald-green carpeting and royal blue walls. One wall was sponged, but not very well. The dressing area and master bath are tiled with a very dark blue tile; the tub is broken and the toilet is badly stained with “something.” I cannot wait until we can remodel this bathroom!

Master bath

Master bath

walk-in closet/vanity area in master bedroom

walk-in closet/vanity area in master bedroom

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Okay, so you’re probably wondering “how on earth do you live in this place”?? Well, a bit of paint and new carpeting can do wonders for a new home!

Remember the foyer? I don’t recall what color it might have been, but it’s now a soft pecan color. I found some glass tiles on ebay to fix the chandelier with for just $50. The floor will have to wait.

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The living/dining rooms got new paint and mostly new furniture. The dining room table and 4 chairs were Lyle’s; I found 4 more matching chairs on ebay. I got the rest of my furniture from Direct Buy. The rugs are from Home Depot.

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The den off the right side of the foyer is now my craft room and got a bright and cheery “Honeydew” color on the walls.

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In my craft room!

In my craft room!

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This is my future craft room.  It was that dark sponged teal.  Still needs one more coat of paint.

This is my future craft room. It was that dark sponged teal. Still needs one more coat of paint.

The family room went from a weird sea-foam green to a “Daredevil Red”. I think it looks so much better with the stones. We found a great rug at Lowe’s, too, that brings it all together.

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...and the "after" - "Daredevil Red"

…and the “after” – “Daredevil Red”

(sun's shining into the room - makes it more on the orange side)

(sun’s shining into the room – makes it more on the orange side)

We did paint the upstairs hallway, along with getting new carpet in all the bedrooms (and the den):

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(4/22) Almost forgot to add the upstairs hall - a nice seafoam green, now!

(4/22) Almost forgot to add the upstairs hall – a nice seafoam green, now!

The first small bedroom was Scott’s briefly till he got his own apartment. We didn’t get new window treatments in there yet, but the new blue looks so much nicer than before:

Scott's room.

Scott’s room.

What used to be that horrible pink is now a soft “Wilmington Tan”. We’ve moved our office furniture in there.

Upstairs Office

Upstairs Office

(4/21/12) This was the "pepto-bismol" room.

(4/21/12) This was the “pepto-bismol” room.

Lyle used the power roller and got most of this room done in the time it took me to paint a small wall in another room.  He's still trimming it out.

Lyle used the power roller and got most of this room done in the time it took me to paint a small wall in another room. He’s still trimming it out.

I went dark in the hall bathroom – anything but purple!

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The Master bedroom looks completely different. The paint was harder to get on the walls since the base coat was so dark. I ended up having to prime all the walls anyway, even after buying a paint-with-primer product. (Actually, I did this room first, so was spared paint gaffs in the rest of the house by just using primer first. Made the job twice as long to finish, but I like the results).

(4/11/12)  First coat of paint in the master bedroom - really hoping the second coat covers or it's back to Home Depot for another gallon - only did 2 walls and don't have enough for a third coat!

(4/11/12) First coat of paint in the master bedroom – really hoping the second coat covers or it’s back to Home Depot for another gallon – only did 2 walls and don’t have enough for a third coat!

Gotta touch up that inside corner (HATE that when doing 2 different colors), but I think it's going to be better than the blue!

Gotta touch up that inside corner (HATE that when doing 2 different colors), but I think it’s going to be better than the blue!

(4/17/12)  Almost done in the Master Bedroom!

(4/17/12) Almost done in the Master Bedroom!

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Here were some attempts at “before-and-after” pics so you could see them all side-by-side:

(4/22/12) Remember the Pepto room? Thankfully, it covered in 2 coats!

(4/22/12) Remember the Pepto room? Thankfully, it covered in 2 coats!

It's hard to tell the light blue that I chose for Scott's room - and the flowers are gone!

It’s hard to tell the light blue that I chose for Scott’s room – and the flowers are gone!

Not knowing that the built-in primer wouldn't be enough, I ended up doing 3 coats of the orange.  Primed the other walls and got by with 2 coats of pearl

Not knowing that the built-in primer wouldn’t be enough, I ended up doing 3 coats of the orange. Primed the other walls and got by with 2 coats of pearl

LOVE the lime green color.  going to have all white trim and furniture in the new craft room!

LOVE the lime green color. going to have all white trim and furniture in the new craft room!

Besides painting, there was a fence to erect so the dogs would finally have some freedom to roam. Lyle and his dad did most of the work, but I helped, too!

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More Zoomies!

More Zoomies!

(Looking at the neighbor)

(Looking at the neighbor)

Carley gives zoomies a try.

Carley gives zoomies a try.

We did get the chain link fence torn down from around the pool, as well as most of the pavers we found under all the weed-growth removed. The weeds did not wait to over-take the area again, growing right up in the sand that the pavers were placed in.

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The hot tub was actually the one thing that didn’t take Lyle too much to get working and we use it quite a bit. We did have to buy a new cover for it. We are slowly getting the deck(s) cleaned and stained, too. We have one area we need to create a new rail/gate for (to contain the dogs) and we want to open up a different set of steps off the lower deck that will let them go out to the back yard from the low deck instead of the narrow, steep steps they must use for now off the high deck. I also want to remove all the lattice and replace with regular deck rail, and then panels on the bottom (we will turn the under-side of the high deck into storage).

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Here is the result of removing the lattice-work and installing railing around the deck.  Everything but the new rails has been stained; the rails will cure over the winter and get stained next spring:

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It’s a cold day in October, but we got another tiny task done today – put numbers on the house so when a delivery guy comes, he can tell he’s traveled up the right driveway…

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So, that’s it for now. Whenever we get around to the kitchen and bath remodels, I will post new pages to follow those changes. I will also be posting the processes we’re going through for a few other projects in and around the house. And, of course, you’ll see blog posts of the pups, my scrapbooking, and “Story Time” to follow at your leisure. Thanks for reading.

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