Meet Our New Home and See Our Plans
My husband and I recently bought a new home and we’ve got big plans for it over the next few years. Check out the pictures as it looked before we moved in!
Our initial plans for the outside of our home include:
- new windows
- replace awnings with Bermuda shutters or metal awnings
- clean and re-stain front walkway
- create parking pad at street in front yard
- clean up landscaping
- maybe add decorative siding, shakes, or something to gable above porch
Specifically in the backyard, we would love to (eventually):
- create paver patio that ties existing patio into house
- covered patio area with wood burning fireplace
- maybe a cover from backdoor to carport
- remove chainlink fence
- power wash and seal concrete driveway
- change out light fixtures
- add trees to screen carport
The to-do list:
- remove carpet, refinish hardwood underneath
- create built-ins on fireplace wall
- raise ceiling or create accent ceiling
- fresh paint color
- new window coverings
- paint trim crisp white
- add ceiling fan/light
- accent lighting near window seating area
- fun accent rug
Another small part of the living room is the foyer entry at the front door.
In this small area, I’m thinking about:
- removing parquet floor and installing hardwood to match living room
- change up bi-fold doors to something more modern, maybe caning instead of louvers?
- new front door with window for all the natural light!
- new light fixture
This is the view of the dining room from the living room. I love how much natural light it gets and how open it is to the living room and the future playroom on the other side.
The to-do list for in here:
- remove wallpaper and paint walls
- paint trim, maybe a fun color?
- new window coverings
- change out chandelier
- paint china cabinet
- update dining table
This is our long-term plan for our house. It will not happen overnight! Just like, I assume, it does not happen overnight at your house either! Such a tough pill to swallow sometimes because we want it when we want it to be done! But I will say I’m looking forward to seeing how our plans evolve and possibly change as we actually start getting into the work!
Here is the dining room from the opposite side where you can see into the living room. I love that big cased opening!
Again, we love the natural light in here! Our immediate plans are to use this former den as a playroom for the kids. Instead of having their toys stuffed in random closets or in the sunroom like at our old house, they will reside in here. They’ll be able to play open-ended, leave out their messes and not have to clean up their building block tower before bedtime. (Though they still have to clean up one toy before moving on to the next one!)
Long-term plans for this room may include an addition that would then convert this room to the master bedroom. More on that another day!
No big plans for this space (yet) but we will:
- change flooring
- paint cabinets
- paint walls
- install my dream washing machine, a Speed Queen!
The kitchen is a great size and is the rear entrance to the home. We are considering doing an addition on the back of the house that would essentially keep the same square footage of the kitchen. But it would rotate and be re-oriented along the whole back wall of the house. (Again, more on that in another post! Maybe with a floor plan for perspective!) So that means everything in here will change:
- add hardwood floors to match rest of the house
- change microwave to vent hood
- new back door
- new windows
We love all of the closets in the master bedroom. That’s one thing our old house was sorely lacking! I know eventually I’ll be inspired to do something fun with this room. But for now we are removing the carpet and moving in!
If you were around for our Master Bathroom Addition we did at our old house last year, then you know this pink bathtub won’t be around for very long! For now, though, we are keeping it simple:
- removing wallpaper
- painting upper walls
- raising/changing shower curtain
- changing mirror
Mary Helen and Lucy will share this room for the foreseeable future! Which means I get to paint the walls pink! I know, I know. There are some people who think it’s a crime to paint paneling. I can see your point. However, I don’t like it and it’s my house. It’s actually nicer paneling than most, but doesn’t anything nice look nicer when it’s pink?😜
Other ideas for this room include:
- removing carpet
- painting a rainbow of colors on the back wall using the paneling as the stripes
- paint ceiling white
- change out light for ceiling fan with light
Doesn’t this just scream little boy’s room? Ha! Not quite, so we will:
- paint walls
- maybe a fun wall treatment behind the bed
- jazz up the closet doors
- remove carpet
Our plans for this bathroom are a little more extensive than the master:
- remove everything, including wall tile
- replace vanity with taller and wider one
- white toilet
- white bathtub with tile surround
- new tile floor
- modify/enlarge existing cabinet behind door
I actually love the blue wall tile. It has loads of charm. I don’t love the bathtub, toilet, floor tile or the accessories, like the toothbrush holder, soap holder, and towel bars, that are recessed into the tile. And we are considering moving the wall of the bathroom out into the hallway about 2.5 feet. It’s kind of a dead area in the hallway. And by enveloping it into the bathroom square footage, we would be able to get a large vanity with more countertop surface, something I know will come in handy in the teenage years!
So after making those changes, we’d have a whole new wall without tile. Perhaps we can find matching tile and add it to the new wall. But we also may rip out everything and start from the studs.
If you saw my previous Garage Workshop Makeover, then you probably know how I feel about this one.😒 On one side, I finally got my dream workshop and then we moved…on the other side, this is a decent-sized blank canvas. I can work with that! Plus I’ve done it before, I can do it again!
While I figure out exactly what I want workshop-wise, we will keep our bikes, outside kid toys, extra furniture, etc in here. That door to the right is actually a cedar-lined closet! Perfect place to store the kids’ clothes I can’t quite part with yet!
To the left of the main garage area is a smaller storage room.
This is where I will store my workshop tools, materials, paint cans, lawn and garden equipment (minus the lawn mower) and such. It already has a small sink and toilet hookups too. So eventually I see a wall and door going up to make it a legitimate bathroom. Maybe some cute black and white retro floor tiles?? That’s waaayyyyy down the list though!
Now that I’ve written out and shared all of our ideas for our new home, I’m wondering how many will actually happen, how many will change, and which ones we will tackle first?!
Any guesses? I can’t wait to share our progress and journey as we take this house and make it our home!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea