As I sit here after another day of figuring out how this house is going to work for us, I'm trying to get some perspective on this move. We moved in record time - drove from Michigan to Maryland and exactly 30 days later closed on a house (click on the link to see pictures).
The house is a fixer and that's exciting...but a little frustrating too in that I keep finding things that don't work, or maintenance that was neglected over the years. Or finding some windows that were painted shut. That's not so exciting. Part of the problem is that we couldn't do things like paint or refinish the floors before we moved in due to the speed of it all. I guess I just want things done quickly and have to stop only looking towards the end product and start relishing the journey :) There, I've just talked myself out of my funk.
Goals for the house? Um...bring it into this century. It's 1966 all the way and just about anything we do to it is going to help. However, I really believe you need to live in a house for awhile before ripping it apart. As we live in it, the flow of the house and its function will show itself.
My first thoughts are to open up the kitchen:
It doesn't have any natural light, but if we open up that wall straight ahead, the dining room has a great window in it.
We do know one of the first things we absolutely have to do is replace this carpet:
It's pretty horrid, isn't it? Plus all the paneling in the family room, and in the breakfast room...
...and that black and white linoleum. I tried to clean it, but it's completely yellowed and scratched up...got to go.
What I really need to do is sit back and look at all the fantastic potential in this place and take it slow as we rehab the tired old bones of this house!
Stick around for all the fun, and feel free to chime in with ideas any time!