Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The master bath, which has a garden tub with separate shower and a walkin closet attached
The upstairs family room
Will in the downstairs bath
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I've had it for almost 24 hours and so far, I am pretty smitten although I'm still figuring a lot of things out. Here are two of my first pictures (as you can see, I'm enjoying experimenting with color effects. You will probably be sick of them soon):
(These shoes are a totally random, silly subject. I locked myself in my closet this morning to read the manual, so when I was practicing taking pictures, they were the first thing I could find.)
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
A few weeks ago, Will and Grandma got carried away and built an entire Lincoln Log village. Grandma sets the bar way too high for me in so many ways...
Sunday, May 4, 2008
We explained that if he ate his chicken, we'd get him a shake and he complied. Excited about his purchase, he came with me to the register.
Friday, May 2, 2008
This is the back view of the house. Here you can see where the previous tenant of the smaller "Treehouse" - which is shown below - was evicted due to the Codes Department declaring the Treehouse "Unfit for Human Habitation." Unfit, Schmunfit, we say.
Another view of the driveway around back. You can see the Treehouse here. If it were fall, all that firewood might be of some value to someone, instead of being dumpster-bound.
With a whole lot of work, this place actually has the potential to be a very small and modest two or three bedroom, two bath home. The houses share a common driveway; you drive around the back of the main house and this house sits near the far back corner of the property. According to Codes, we have until Feb '09 to make the repairs they've deemed necessary; otherwise, the Treehouse will be condemned. The repair list actually looks completely reasonable and is basically only a small part of everything we would be planning to improve anyway.
I don't have interior pictures of the Treehouse, and since I managed to lose every single key associated with the entire property (which numbered about 10), I can't actually access it until Andy helps me break in. Thankfully, he was good-natured about having to drill through the deadbolt of the main house and replace it on Day 4 of our ownership.
Here is the same room after my attempt at organizing it and throwing away all the trash. We are going to try to have an estate/garage sale at the house as soon as we can get it all somewhat organized, although I suspect that we will be left with a lot of stuff to throw away. Notice the pink bedspread and carpet. You'll soon detect a theme.
Here is the tremendously long, skinny living room/dining room combo. That huge pile of material you see near the door represents a portion of all the linens in the house. There is a truly shocking and incredible quantity of linens here.
Here's the master bath, complete with its pink double vanity. A double vanity in a house built in 1960, I would think, is pretty rare. This house was definitely the recipient of some other pretty groovy upgrades, like the partial wall of decorative shelving in the living room.
This is the family room, adjacent to the kitchen and breakfast nook. As I write this on 5/1, it is still untouched. I am slowly working my way through the house, throwing away trash and organizing. Since we don't have the budget for two remodels at once, we have to finish Whispering Hills before we start this one (these two!) in earnest. Therefore, Andy's time is spent at Whispering Hills, while the kids and I putter around at OHM making slow progress. Since we aren't ready to put the pedal to the medal on this job, the pace isn't a big concern yet.
Another super-groovy upgrade was this sweet wall fridge. Apparently it was a 50's invention that didn't exactly take off. Alas, the fridge is inoperable and has been more recently used as regular cabinet storage. We're hoping it may find a good home, though.
Here's the little breakfast nook. Again, an unusual element in an older ranch like this, I would think, to have two separate eating areas.
I'm not sure what purpose on earth this strange, L-shaped room would ever have, but I'm sure Andy will come up with a workable floorplan. This, along with the primitive laundry room shown below, is a filled-in carport.
So there you have it, a first glimpse at the new project(s).