Monday, January 27, 2014

House Tour: Floor Plans

One of the things that I truly enjoy doing in my spare time is working on and fixing up my home.  I bought my home in 2008.  It was a foreclosure in decent condition.  The house was built in the late 1980's and I was lucky in the fact that a few of the big ticket items had recently been updated like the roof and siding.  Inside, the house was pretty outdated, but nothing I wasn't willing to take on.

My first year in the house saw a lot of major projects, including a kitchen and bath remodel.  Both of which I took on myself, and with the help of the internet, friends, and family I worked my way through and learned a ton a long the way.  As the years have gone by I have continued to work on my house, project by project.  The only rooms left baring the original paint colors are two closets!

My goal is to share my home, room by room and project by project.  Though I have done a lot, there is still so much I want to do. I thought I would start by sharing a rough floor plan I put together using

My house is about 1650 square feet.  Plenty of room for my husband and I, but nothing too spacious.  It is definitely not an open concept, but on the first floor the rooms flow pretty nicely from one to another.  My biggest pet peeve about this house is that the entrance from the garage goes right into the dining room.  This is the way we enter and exit the house 99.9% of the time.  I am constantly struggling with how to incorporate an "entry" area here so that my dining room table is not the dumping ground for everything in my arms.  I have not figured that out yet.

My house is a cape cod style, with the second floor taking up the entire foot print of the first floor.  The entire second floor has sloped ceilings true to the cape cod style, but nothing extreme enough to impact the use of any of the rooms.  Just enough to add some character and keeping the house from being to plain.  The biggest issue we have with the second floor is with our heating and cooling.  Due to the fact that the entire second floor is directly under the roof we stay extra cold up there in the winter, and several degrees warmer in the summer.

And that is my house in a nutshell!  Last week I shared my plans for the office, I hope to be back later this week with an update of the progress I have made so far.  I love the new paint color up on the walls, and am excited to see it come together!  Thanks for letting me share my home with you!

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