Space Planning

The House Made of Really Long Lists

I have been an avid decorating/DIY blog reader since I was a sophomore in college, about six years ago. I’ve dreamed of owning a home my whole life and have “designed” my dream house over and over again growing up, both in my mind and on paper. However, I never realized how much anxiety was tied to the excitement of home ownership. My dream decorating never took into account funds, or lack thereof, experience, or time. Now that I’m 24 years old, married for two years, with a full-time job and a business on the side (plus a dog and a social life), I’m realizing that a beautiful home of my dreams is not easy (and not always fun) to achieve. After finally finishing our major renovation, I can’t help but look around the house and see all of the millions of little things we still want to do. I’m extremely excited about these things and in love with our home even the way it is, but I’m a forward thinker and have trouble not thinking about all of the stuff I want to do.

Since I’m a list-maker by nature (just look in any drawer, notebook, or purse in our house and you will find proof of this), I thought I would share a list of all the things we have planned for our home. This makes me feel much better just knowing it’s all written down and helps me stay motivated. I have no idea how many of these things will actually happen or how long we will live here, but we adore our house and want to keep loving on it as long as possible!

This list contains more than just major decorating, it also contains things we want to buy and organizing projects as well. I also included the rooms that are not created yet (the basement family room and basement bathroom) or used as such yet (the two basement bedrooms that are sheet rocked but are being used as storage).

I’ll make sure to update as we go along!

Front Yard

 

Marital Glue House at Closing

Exterior

Garage

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Entryway

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Living Room

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Dining Room

 

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Kitchen

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Main Floor Bathroom

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Main Floor Hallway

 

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Master Bedroom

Second Bedroom on Main Floor

Basement Family Room (not yet created)

Basement Bath Room (not yet created)

Basement Front Bedroom  (not yet used)

Basement Back Bedroom (not yet used)

Basement Laundry/Utility/Storage Room

Back Yard

Whew!  Like I said, a lot to do!  I’m excited to see which we actually do and how this list changes over the years.  What are your favorite things you’ve tackled on your home’s to do list?  What is something you never anticipated doing?

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2013 Holiday/Renovation-Completion Tour

It’s definitely been far too long since we have posted, but this has been a very crazy year!  We wanted to update with posts for every step along the way during our renovation, but since that took up our weekends and many of our nights, there was really no time to update.  Instead of going step-by-step through the renovation (which we might break down a little more in the future if anyone is interested), we are instead showing you the “final” (right, it’s never finished) tour now that the renovation is done and we have it decorated for the holidays.

In this video, I explain what we did as well as what we are planning on doing, because there are still tons of things on our to do list.  Coming up soon, we will be posting a rundown list of all the projects dealing with our house, both finished and left to do.  Trust me, there are a lot more “to dos” then there are “finished” at this point, but most of the major stuff is out of the way!

Before you view the video, let’s recap what the floor plan looked like when we bought the house:

house plan before

And this is the house after the renovation:
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What we did:

Please don’t mind the random music in the middle of the video.  I’m not sure how that happened and didn’t realize it until it was already uploaded.

We are so excited to finally share the results!  We have tons of projects planned for this year, but will be tackling them at a slower pace so we hope to update as we go this year!

We would love to know your thoughts on what we have done and what we plan to do.  I love being inspired by other people’s ideas and love getting input from others!

I hope you all had a merry Christmas and have an amazing new year!

When One Door Closes, Another One Opens

When we first saw our house, we really liked it, but we had some reservations.  The main drawbacks were that it did not have a dining area that made sense, one of the three bedrooms was very awkward (one door to the kitchen, one to the hallways closet, and two more doors to two different closets), and the basement was not finished which meant the square footage was only around 1,000.

Here was the original floor plan on the day we bought it (the basement is not shown, but it is pretty much an empty shell besides two framed and sheetrocked “bedrooms” that are not currently legal.

Marital Glue Floor Plan At Closing

The house had two original dining areas, one right beyond the front door and one beyond the kitchen cabinets in the kitchen.  Both of which were WAY too small, cumbersome, and awkward.  The bedroom off the kitchen had a chandelier in it, so we know that the previous owner used it as a dining room, so that was our main option.  However, with four doors in a fairly small space and no easy access to the kitchen or living room, it made for a layout that just wasn’t going to work for us.

However, as we started planning out the space, we talked to my parents who have a ton of renovating experience from my dad’s 25+ years of carpentry experience and my mom’s experience renovating and building a few houses.  They suggested that we go for some big renovations straight upon move-in to make the most of the space and to make living in our home easy for the longest time possible.  We agreed that it doesn’t make sense to buy furniture, organize, and start decorating right away only to renovate and mess everything up in a few months.

Now, we totally stand by the “live in your house for a while before doing anything major” rule that many people follow.  However, this is something we thought about a lot in advance and knew it would be the perfect choice for us.  We also have been doing everything on the weekends and started with the kitchen, so we lived in the space for almost two months before anything major was knocked down or put up.

So, with my parents help, we came up with a plan that would make the most of our space.  This plan involved a few different renovations:

In case that is confusing, this is the layout that we are working toward:

House After Reno Floor Plan Marital Glue

 

We will definitely be breaking down each step of the process the best we can so you can see exactly what we did.  It’s important to note that we know we are getting rid of a legal bedroom, but we have plans of finishing our basement and making the two sheetrocked non-legal bedrooms into legal bedrooms (by adding egress windows) while also adding a bathroom and family room.

We really love how this new floor plan will make use of the open, unusable space in front of the front door, create an open living area, and make going to the basement much easier.  It is not fun to cart laundry through the dining room, and into a cramped space with the back door, the basement door, and the dining room door all competing for the space.  It will be much easier to go through the living room.

If you noticed the closed in closet in the dining room that is on the same wall as the bathroom and thought we were crazy to leave a hollow space, we have big plans of knocking down those closet walls in the bathroom so we can have an extra long vanity and much more open bathroom than we currently have, but that’s not on our list of things to do for a while.

I’m sure we missed some of the details, but we will be chronicling the whole renovation in many different, detailed posts, so you won’t miss a beat.

Have you drastically changed the floor plan of a house?  Ever closed one doorway only to open up another?  Ever move your stairs?