When we relocated to a new state, we bought a historic home dating back to 1923. However, the home was completely remodeled when we bought it. Apparently, the owner before us purchased it, didn’t stay in it but rather remodeled it and put it up for sale. We were blessed to purchase it this Spring and I’m sharing a few of the photos I took before we moved our stuff in the home.
Although the house has been completely remodeled you may note some of the original designs still stands such as the curved entry, narrow stairways, and low ceilings. So it may not look as historic in it’s true sense but I like to call it that since it’s historic in the year it was built. “Word” has it that the remodel went on for a period of time that the neighbours began to wonder who was going to buy the house. Well, here we are. We’re just average folks who purchased a house in a new state!
Compared to our previous homes, this house has no storage, no garage, and no mud-room. The laundry is downstairs in the basement (that’s a first for us). In the past, we’ve used our laundry room/mudroom that connected to our garage as a separate entryway. The house we just moved from also had a separate closet in that room which gave us some extra storage space. Plus our garages always had extra storage, too so that was helpful. We didn’t really store stuff in the basement. Here though, we do. But I do hope to find a storage system for the first floor. I like having our kids activities bins and other items nearby plus there are stuff in the entryway that needs to be stored and out of the way (bags, purses, helmets, etc). Things we use regularly but that doesn’t need to make the entryway look cluttered.
Entry and Stairway
The one thing I love about the entryway is that there is an actual separate entryway! How many houses we’ve had that didn’t have something separate and started right in the living room. I love having it separate! The one thing though is that trying to organize it in a functional way has been a little challenging still.
The closets are quite supa-dupa small. I mean so small that some of our clothing are still in bins and that’s not because we have too many pieces of clothing, either. We’re not sure what direction we want to take with the closets yet. We’d discuss some kind of portable closets, armoire or something of that sort but we’ve got nothing yet. (See the closet here).
The attic was converted to a room with a beautiful bathroom just to the side. It’s like a little guest suite on it’s own. So far, we have not done anything with it yet – just have some storage bins and a play system for the kids there. My husband also uses it for exercising. Originally, hubby thought it would be a big room for us but the walls are kind of low and the cuts are a bit different to fit our king-sized bed.
Both our upstairs bathrooms look like this with a storage cabinet included, which is one of my favorite things about them! The vanity itself is somewhat small compared to what we’ve had in previous bathrooms but it works along with the storage cabinet.
Circling Back Downstairs – Entry/Living Room
Kitchen and Dining
Our kids think that we got an IKEA design style kitchen. It’s the first thing one of them said when we first saw this house. Hey, I’ll take it! It really is lovely little kitchen!
Family Room & Bonus
This extra room is an add-on to the house. There’s a small powder room off to the corner (like way over in the corner) that’s convenient for when we are downstairs.
There’s also a natural wood burning fireplace:) I feel like we go back and forth with fireplaces. Our house before this didn’t have one but the previous two did! I know I have a photo of the fireplace somewhere.
So these were a few photos from before we added all our stuff to the house and made it a huge mess. I have photos of that too but I don’t think it’s blog worthy. It’s even too much for me to look at:) Have you ever owned or lived in a historic home?