“I would have to move,” said my cousin’s wife, who has a fear of basements but braved into ours as part of the house tour. She wasn’t the first to find our basement spooky. My mother-in-law also got the “heebie-jeebies.” Our basement wouldn’t have been so freaky if it weren’t for the great dig.
In daylight hours, the basement is actually quite welcoming with a lot of full windows and a walkout door. But that’s just the first tier of the basement. Continue reading Meet the basement: before
As planned, we’ve automated the lighting in the great room. In addition to added control, smart lighting claims to save energy and money but we haven’t looked into it to prove it yet.
Continue reading Great room: automated home lighting control system
Our master bathroom is impressive at first glance but we plan to renovate it. The partially-enclosed glass shower is supposed to be sleek or something, but water gets everywhere and there’s no drain. We’d prefer a double vanity to the single. And the jetted tub doesn’t seems just for show.
Continue reading Meet the Master Bathroom: before
Partially open to the second-floor landing and with a large eastern-facing window, the laundry room is bright and airy. It’s conveniently on the same floor as the master bedroom and large enough for a folding table.
While we considered purchasing a smart washer and dryer, we weren’t sold on any options and went with a reliable Speed Queen duo and have no regrets. Continue reading Meet the laundry room: before
When we discovered our now-home online, we had no idea what this room was. A family room perhaps?
Turned out to be the master bedroom which was big enough to fit nearly all of our apartment furniture – ha!
Someday we’ll wake up to ambient lighting, music from our record player sound system, and a comfortable room temperature. Continue reading Meet the master bedroom: before
Our first-floor half bath is huge. It’s a little awkward.
Guests also have a hard time finding it with it being in the front corner of the house. Many of them walk into our utility closet in pursuit. Maybe our future smart home interface will help guests find it? Continue reading Meet the half bath: before
Our kitchen isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty great. There’s a ton of cabinets, a huge island with a prep sink and gas stove, and stainless steel appliances throughout. The kitchen also features a door to a deck which we had connected to our Vivint security system.
When we first saw the kitchen, the most glaring issue was its blinding yellow wall color. Once we fix that, we’ll feel more at home.
Continue reading Meet the kitchen: before
Who wouldn’t equip a dining room with a dimmer switch? Previous owners of this old house, apparently.
Our first update to the room will be adding a smart dimmer switch to control the chandelier above the table. We’ll eventually swap out the chandelier as well to fit our style.
Continue reading Meet the dining room: before
Our office is much like the sitting room.
The main differences are that it has a whiteboard installed by the previous owners and access to the first-floor guest bathroom. Continue reading Meet the office: before
We suspect our house originally had an L-shaped porch. Previous owners enclosed the porch, converting it into three additional rooms: an office, a half bath, and a sitting room. Both the office and sitting room were a deep shade of red when we moved in.
Continue reading Meet the sitting room: before