Welcome to our home! We enjoy living in this space to find what works for us both functionally and aesthetically. Our journey is full of trial and error but full of progress! Follow along to see how these photos evolve.
We added “paint the exterior” to our list of projects the day we toured this property. The house did not lack color but it did lack contrast. Painting the garage door black highlighted the most prominent feature of the home’s exterior in a bold and beautiful way.
Lets play two truths and a lie. One, mirrors make a small space feel larger – truth. Two, we did not like these mirrors – truth. Three, no one was hurt in the process of removing these mirrors – lie. With the mirrors gone, new oak floors to match the dining room, and a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Snowbound, we are planning to install a subtle wood accent wall to add some texture and warmth.
The dining room served us up our first renovation surprise – it wasn’t always a dining room! Our best guest is that this space used to be a laundry room off the garage. The room is composed of both dry wall and sheetrock and the floors slope ever so slightly downwards towards the front door. Several hours of skimming coating plastered a sleek new face onto this room.
This kitchen layout packs a lot of storage into a small space. We confidently removed the cabinets above the island to open up sight lines between the kitchen and the remaining living spaces. Future plans are still percolating. Stay tuned!
Smallest room, biggest closet. We use this room for both storage and hosting out of town guests… which seem to be more frequent since we moved to Portland.
The perfect spot for the litter box! Which, much to Nick’s discontent, meant this would be our room. ReyReyMonster is my fur baby, and I must savor every positive interaction – which is usually morning snugs. Snugs definition: me, my husband, and our cat piled together on our full sized bed.
Cleaning the grout in this shower *almost* deterred me from every installing floor to ceiling tile anywhere ever. After removing all wall mounted fixtures, lots of vinegar/baking soda elbow grease, wallpaper removal, hole patching, and some quick upgrades, the bathroom feels airy and clean. We need to replace our galvanized piping soon so stay tuned for a complete bathroom gut job.
This was our favorite space when we toured the house. It offered a place to socialize outside during both summer and winter. On the agenda is a new roof, updated railings and curtains, new light fixtures, lounging/eating furniture, and a fresh paint/stain.
I aspire to be as good at gardening as the previous owners. Unfortunately, I am starting from ground zero and could not keep up with all these beautiful plants. We also wanted more lawn space for mingling, fires, and lawn games. With all the “stuff” removed, we plan to level the backyard and add a fire pit and seating.
Imagine lush rows of ready to pick, organically grown, fruits and vegetables. That is what I imagine this space once was and could be again! In year one, we focused our efforts on just one plot to make sure we could manage all that is required to maintain a garden. So far so good. If by the end of summer, all our plants our dead, this space becomes a horseshoe pit or bocce ball court, TBD.
I drive a Honda Fit and I am not sure I could successfully navigate into and out of this garage without I drive a Honda Fit and I am not sure I could successfully navigate into and out of this garage without scratches or folded in side view mirrors. We can comfortably fit three cars in our driveway, so our current plans for the garage include optimizing storage and shelving for tools and nick nacks. Oh, and the beer fridge, of course.