Monday, July 25, 2011

A Home of Our Own

We closed on our very own house this morning, up in Pittsburgh! We'll be moving after the baby arrives - in mid-November. We're very excited about the house and being closer to family.

The house is a bit of a fixer, and we have BIG plans for it. But we're not planning to do much with it until we've lived there for a bit, so we can get a feel for what will work best for us. I'm sure my home blog will be getting some action in the coming months, so go ahead and add it to your RSS feed if you are interested in keeping up with our renovations! Here's the url:

I've copied this post to the house blog to save myself time.

American Four Square, Built in 1924. Brick with a slate roof.

Entrywy - original door, mouldings, and stairs

Living Room - Original windows, light fixture (I think), and decorative (for now) fireplace with built-in shelves. And POCKET DOORS!!!

Dining Room - Original plaster walls, mouldings, side windows. The back window was replaced with a giant vinyl monstrosity. I envision French doors going out to a deck in its place.
1950's retro kitchen, complete with pink speckled laminate countertops, pull-out stove, and probably the first ever dishwasher (also in pink). I see a gut reno in our very near future!

Up to the 2nd floor:
Bedroom #1 - will probably start as a guest room,
turn into a nursery, and then back to a guest room.

Bedroom #2 - Joseph's room, and hopefully someday Baby Girl will join him
for several years when they are both sleeping through the night.
The Bathroom. Yep, there's only one... for now. Do you love the sage green and pink?
Even on the ceiling? I thougt you would. The tub and toilet are still pink. Whee!

Bedroom #3 - The Master. I hope it'll fit the king sized bed that I have planned for in my head since I was pregnant with Joseph. There are hardwoods under the carpet.

Bedroom #4 - AKA the future master bath. Ooooh, yeah, baby.
And up to the third floor (yup!). I envision it starting out as a family room - housing my craft stuff, the office stuff, and probably our lone TV. We think it'll morph into a bedroom for one (or both) of the kids in future years once we finish the basement.

Up the stairs...

Nice storage closet on the landing!
The back side of the room from the stairs

And the front side. It's very bright up there from those windows,
and two huge ones over the stairs.

And down to the basement

Towards the front of the house... our realtor thinks this was the "original summer kitchen"

Storage Room #1 under the front porch

Storage Room #2 under the porch - I wonder where that door came from... hmm.
The future family room... tall celiings, relatively dry and open. I'm in love.

The "Pittsburgh Potty". For some reason the 'burgh thinks they have the monopoly on these things. We had one in our old house in MN (built in the 1890's. We called it the "emergency bathroom". Haha.
And finally, the exterior:

The front porch - beautiful beadboard ceiling, and they already have the hooks in place for my imaginary porch swing. Yahoo!

The parking pad... we are hoping against hope that there is enough side yard to put a one-car garage in next to the house. Envision that bottom glass block window as the door to the garage. Cross your fingers.

The back yard... South-East facing, bright, relatively large, and mostly flat.
It's a freaking miracle in Pittsburgh.

The back porch. More awesome beadboard. This could become part of the kitchen (enclosed) or just get connected to the future deck. Not sure yet. Either way I'd like to spiffy up the part underneath and make it look less... yucky.

So there you have it - our new house! Hope you enjoyed the tour.


mskimmi July 25, 2011 at 2:50 PM  

Gorgeous!! Congrats on your new house :)

Renee July 25, 2011 at 2:52 PM  

that is a GREAT house, just bursting with potential. congratulations!

Michelle July 25, 2011 at 3:01 PM  

Its so beautiful! Congrats!

Carrie July 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM  

Congratulations!!! I'm so excited you guys are moving back. I might actually get to see you more than every 4 years. :) That storage room #1 could potentially make an awesome wine cellar also.

Jen July 25, 2011 at 3:38 PM  

Carrie, you are BRILLIANT!

Emily July 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM  

what an awesome house. That stove is fascinating, but I am impressed by the condition of the house!

Jen July 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM  

Adorable house! It's going to be a fair amount of work, but it will look amazing once it's all finished! When you gut your kitchen and bathroom, you should see if anyone wants to buy your retro appliances on CL or eBay.

VanaBanana August 4, 2011 at 9:54 AM  

Congratulations! I'd bet money this house was designed by the same architect that designed my in-laws house. I believe theirs was built around the same time, about an hour and a half from Pittsburgh!

I don't know if it helps, but they were able to get a toilet and sink in the storage area under the stairs. The toilet goes on the side with the slanted ceiling, and they have an accordion sort of door so it doesn't have to swing in or out.

They also have a bathroom on the 3rd floor though I believe.


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