So now the house is
"grandtot approved" !!!!
I have had some comments from friends about having a "loom room"... but of COURSE! The room to the left of the dining room will be that, it just doesn't show on the Realtor's pictures. (probably because it needs wallpaper stripping, paint, and restoring the old mop boards back into place) It will be large enough for all I want to do. Plus there are a set of built-in cabinets in the kitchen that we will probably move out, restore (someone did that 1970's "brush on antiquing" to them) and we will move those into my Loom Room.
The main kitchen will get new cabinets, probably bead board or something. We are looking at interesting styles to compliment the home. Then once the main kitchen is done, the fridge and dishwasher can be moved out of the butler's pantry. We are planning to make the first floor bath a bit bigger, and making the butler's pantry into a first floor laundry.
There is a set of back servant's stairs that lead up to the maid's room and the hallway to the bedrooms. The maid's room will be my Fiber Storage Room for all of my bins and totes and supplies that are currently residing in our son's garage (Thanks Dan and Heather for letting me store them there!)
Whipped up a few rough floor plans:
Right now we are thinking and dreaming and looking on line at various "Craftsman", "Misson" or "Arts & Crafts" styles of furniture, decorating and bargains on Craigslist.---- with our budget in mind. Plus, of course, I am going to scour thrift shops and resale shops for interesting items. We have a lot of room in the heated storage unit we rented for the motorhome for the winter, so we can accumulate items now in advance if we find great deals.
We aren't closing till the end of December, as the daughter who is the executor of the will won't be back in the state until then. In the meantime, we can plan and dream and SHOP!
Here are a few more pics of some of the things I find just delightfully wonderful about the house...
CRAFTSMAN STYLE WINDOWS ACROSS PORCH
(which faces east, so morning sunshine with coffee, but afternoon shade)
ADORABLE TRIM UNDER PORCH ALL AROUND INSTEAD OF LATTICE
(will cut down some of the hedges from in front to show the rest of the trim
and plant hydrangeas and hostas there)
PLATE RAIL ALL AROUND THE DINING ROOM
(good place to set all kinds of framed grandtot photos and rotate them)
JUST LOVE THESE POCKET DOORS FROM THE FOYER TO LIVINGROOM
FUNKY LINOLEUM IN THE MAID'S ROOM
(I am keeping this! It will be my Fiber Storage Room)
VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE STAIRCASE
AS WE GO DOWN EACH NEW DAY AND PASS THE LEADED GLASS WINDOW
AND..... ALL OF THE DOOR KNOBS ARE THIS BURNISHED PATINA OF
ELEGANCE OF THE OLD HOUSES WE ADORE....
Well, back to the Packer Game.... they are WINNING!