This sprawling lodge was nothing like our first love the 1920's Bungalow, but for some reason it stole our little DIY hearts. Maybe it was the great wooded yard and neighborhood, but this guy felt like our own personal retreat right from the start. We have some ideas on how we can warm it up and give it more curb appeal, but we'll focus on the inside for awhile before we get to the outside.
Entering the home the first thing you see the is the staircase that brings together all seven crazy split levels. And yep, our front door is still purple. Super. We spent hours recovering and refinishing the steps to remove the chicken wire and leave us with kid-safe and beautiful maple steps.
The Living Room
We LOVE the high ceilings, big windows and beautiful fireplace, but we got to work right away removing the old, dirty carpet and replacing it with hardwood floors. The sliding door at the end leads to the Living Room deck.
Living Room Deck
This tiny little Dining Room still needs a lot of work, but the first thing we did was replace the tile floors with hardwood and remove the awful full wall mirror! The sliding glass door leads out to a small backyard patio.
We put in new solid counter tops instead of the porcelain floor tile that covered the counters and back splash, painted the cabinets and added wood floors. This sliding door leads out to the Screened in Porch. (Are you keeping a running total on sliding glass doors yet? So far we're at three...)
Screened In Porch
The Main Bath was by far the worse room in the house. I wish the before pictures could really illustrate for you the textured pink walls. And yes, those are painted tiles that feature clouds, rain and grass growing. We can't make this stuff up. We gut the whole thing, and gave it a natural-modern feel. I even custom built that sliding wood door! Now this is one of my favorite rooms in the house.
Heading back up the staircase, we reach the Loft. We absolutely love this quiet little reading nook. And yes, those were rocks in the ledge, but we pulled those out in a hot hurry.
The Master is very long and skinny, but since our last Master was only 12 x 12, this one feels like a palace. Yes, there are windows wide open to the Living Room downstairs and we still haven't decided on a solution for them. Those sliding glass doors (#4) lead out to the Master Deck.
Did we mention that the bathrooms were the worst part of this house? Thank heavens that Bath Crashers came to our house and created this little spa retreat. Since they left we did a bunch of tweaking to make it feel more personalized like building the closet doors and making the capiz chandeliers.
Here's the final level of the house, which is our Family Room and potentially the most used space. We needed to do SO MUCH work to break up all that golden oak, replace the broken fireplace, and make this room a much more modern space. The last of the sliding glass doors- #6, leads out to a small, covered, paved patio under the Living Room Deck. Yep, that is indeed a cat door in one of the photos above. I mean, why wouldn't you cut a hole in a beautiful solid wood door so that your cat can poop in your closet?
Family Room Patio
So there you have it. A whole lot of house, and a whole lot of work. We're up for the challenge though, and can't believe our luck in scoring such a large house with so many rooms and potential, for such an affordable price. Now the trick will be making