I’m participating in the Fall in Love Challenge with several other fabulous bloggers. Over the course of 6 weeks we agreed to work on and reveal a made-over space in our home. I was all ready to tackle our laundry room for the challenge. But shortly thereafter we found ourselves “falling in love” with something much bigger: a new house! And we quickly put our current home on the market.
Before I go on, it’s probably important to note that we have not closed on the home. We’re very close, but not there yet. We’re still in the due diligence period and have just closed the inspection phase (all good… thank god). Now we’re waiting for the bank to review the appraisal and process the loan. We think we’re about 2-3 weeks away from closing. We are cautiously optimistic because we know how these things can go.
So because this place isn’t ours yet, it didn’t feel quite right to do a full home tour. Instead, I wanted to share with you the amazing work that’s been done to the place. The state of the property when purchased by our seller was very, very bad. Water service had been turned off for a very long time with someone living in the house. Rumor has it there was a giant hole in the roof for years. Needless to say, much of the home was damaged. Despite the damage, much of the home’s character was preserved. It had potential, it deserved a new life and I’m so thankful our seller realized that.
The style of the 100+ year old house can best be described as an American Four Square. It’s on a beautiful, tree-lined street in Covington. The neighborhood is one we’ve wanted to be in for a long time. It still has the urban feel we love about Covington, but it feels more friendly and quiet.
Anyways, here’s the outside of the home pre-renovation.
And here’s the after. The angle is a little off… this was during the inspections and I was a little excited. We love the color of the painted brick, the open porch and the original dentil molding. We love that so much of the home’s character is still there.
Here’s the inside of the home pre-renovation.
Here’s the space after the renovation. We are so thankful the fireplace tile and mantle was left intact. (Can you tell I have been watching Rehab Addict?)
If you imagine yourself looking into the living room corner with the two windows (above) then directly behind you would be pocket doors leading into the dining room. Here’s the dining room space pre-renovation.
The dining room post-renovation is now more of a casual, eat-in space right in the expanded kitchen. I LOVE this. I’ve always loved the idea of having a dining space with open access to the kitchen, but it’s really hard to find that open set-up in the old homes that we love. We found it here. You can see the end of the island just at the left of the photo below.
As I mentioned, directly to the left of this dining is the kitchen. At this point, we are at the very back of the house. Below is the kitchen before the renovation. Yea… it’s bad. On a positive note? Those 5-panel doors are a treasure and got re-located throughout the house (at least I think so… they look very similar).
Anyways, here’s the after of the kitchen, with me standing in the dining room looking into the kitchen. That is very close to the same angle believe it or not. The old sink is in the same spot it is currently.
Here’s another shot of the kitchen, but in this one you can see how the kitchen, dining “room” and living room connect. To the right of that bank of cabinets is the hallway leading to the front entryway.
I will show you more when this home is actually ours! The home is very classic traditional right now… it needs a bit of my funk which I am so excited to get started on.
We lucked out finding this home. We were able to grab it directly from the seller before it went on the market… it was still being finished (hence all the mess in the photos) when we put an offer on it.
We’re excited, hopeful and anxious about the whole thing. I’ll keep you updated and I hope to share a full tour with you soon!
So back to the Fall in Love challenge. If you missed yesterday, there was lots of eye candy from the likes of Decor and the Dog, Dwellings by Devore and more. And today, I’m sharing the reveal day with Shift Ctrl Art, The Gathered Home and The Thriftress. Go check it out!