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
We fell in love with this old house as soon as we walked in. While the house was a traditional American Foursquare, previous owners opened up the main floor creating a modern open floor plan.
We visualized the great room as the main gathering space, serving a few purposes:
- Entry way
For each of these purposes, we’re working to automate features. Continue reading Meet the great room: before
The stairs won us over.
We had seen a ton of houses — both online and in-person — browsing thousands of houses in dozens of neighborhoods across the Greater Pittsburgh Area from the South Hills to the North Hills, from Mt. Washington to Highland Park.
But right when we walked in, this old house welcomed us with its grand staircase!
It’s an imperial staircase with symmetrical flights both rising up from the first floor, making it fun for our nieces and nephews to run up and down. Continue reading Meet the grand staircase: before