The “Before” House Tour

In my excitement over our quickly progressing bathroom remodel, I realized that the true impact of that room redo would be less…well…impactful without giving you a good understanding of just what we are dealing with here.

So, without further ado, I’d like to share The “Before” House Tour (complete with photo commentary):

This is the front of the house. The door really stood out to us as our favorite frontal feature. That, and the little tree we've dubbed "Leroy."

I thought I’d start at the beginning (which I’ve heard is a very good place to start).  This is the front of our little row house. The door really stood out to us as a favorite frontal feature…with a little love, it could be quite the statement piece! That, and the lonely little tree we’ve lovingly dubbed “Leroy.”

Here's a view of the back of the house, which includes a great covered porch and plenty of room for activities. Even though the outdoors is on hold until Spring, we're already overflowing with ideas!

Here’s a view of the back of the house, which includes a great covered porch and plenty of lawn room for activities. Even though the outdoor work is on hold until Spring, we’re already overflowing with ideas!

Let’s go inside, shall we?

Upon entering this humble abode, our first sight of the house included this...er...masterpiece of the 70s. Note the shag carpet and wood paneling, complete with a drop ceiling!

Upon entering this humble abode, our first sight of the house was this masterpiece of the 70s. Note the shag carpet and wood paneling…. complete with a drop ceiling!

This is a view of the stairway, which is to the left as you enter the house. We really liked the iron railing... definitely a feature that we plan to keep!
This is a view of the stairway, which is immediately to the left as you enter the house. We really liked the ornate iron railing… definitely a feature that we plan to keep!
Here's a closer look at the dining room (seen from afar in the first photo). The layout of the house is called "Air Lite" - which means that every room gets air and light (aka - has a window). This is not the case in all row houses, because usually there is a room in the middle of the house (typically a dining room) which would not have a window. The Air Lite gets around that by putting the kitchen and the dining room next to each other at the back of the house.

Here’s a closer look at the dining room (seen from afar in the first indoor photo). Fun Fact: The layout of the house is called “Air Lite,” which means that every room gets air and light (aka – has a window). This is not the case in all row houses – usually there is a room in the middle of the house (typically the dining room) which would not have a window, because the house is sandwiched between two other houses. The Air Lite design gets around that by putting the kitchen and the dining room next to each other at the back of the house. Our kitchen is back and to the left.

The original kitchen, located to the left of the dining room. (Notice the three different shades of cabinets...)

Here’s the original kitchen, located to the left of the dining room. (Did you notice three different shades of cabinet doors?!)

Here's a view of the kitchen which includes the basement door. Note the fridge, which can be seen on the left side of the photo, about a third of the way down, encased in wood paneling and covered in magnets.

Here’s a view of the kitchen which includes the basement door. Note the fridge, a corner of which can be seen on the left side of the photo, about a third of the way down, encased in wood paneling and covered in magnets.

Now, let’s take a look at the basement. It runs the full length of the house (about 30 feet), which was a great selling point for us – plenty of room for storage and a little extra living space!

This is the front room of the basement, which will later become a cozy den area. (I know it's hard to imagine being cozy in a room with this many spices, but please bear with me!)

This is the front room of the basement, which will later become a cozy den area. (I know it’s hard to imagine being cozy in a room with this many spices and pictures of Elvis, but try to bear with me here!)

This is the back room of the basement - the "utility" room - which includes the furnace, water heater, washer, dryer and workshop area.

This is the back room of the basement – the “utility” room – which includes the furnace, water heater, washer, dryer and a workshop area. This room can be closed off from the future “den” via a wall and pocket door that divide the two spaces.

What do you think so far? I know, I know…  a diamond in the rough, right?!

Shall we take a look upstairs?

Here's the first of three bedrooms - the "master" - which sports some rare blue and white paneling. Signs of true connoisseurs of paneling, don't you agree?

Here’s the first of three bedrooms – the “master” – which sports some rare blue and white paneling.  A sure sign that true connoisseurs of paneling lived here, don’t you agree?

Here's the second bedroom (which will become a guest room). A true Elvis enthusiast and professional hoarder formerly called this room home.

Here’s the second bedroom (which will become a guest room). A true Elvis enthusiast and professional hoarder formerly called this room home.

This tiny third bedroom will serve as an office for us. (It was apparently a walk-in closet for the former owner, as the room contained nothing except bureaus, which were packed full of clothes.)

This tiny third bedroom will serve as an office for us. (It was apparently a walk-in closet for the former owner, as the room contained nothing except bureaus, all of which were packed full of clothes.)

By now, you may be thinking to yourself “Wow, there is a LOT of stuff in that house… I hope it was empty when they finally bought it!”

Spoiler Alert…. It wasn’t empty.

We “inherited” every blessed thing. What did we do with it all? Well, that’s a story for another time…

For now, I’ll leave you with our final stop on the tour:

Notice the blue rugs and red, white and green drop ceiling. Um...What?!?!

That’s right… the Nightmare Bathroom! This was the first room to receive some serious love… read about it here.

And there you have it. A whirlwind “before” tour and introduction to the house.

What do you think? Would you have seen past the mess and paneling enough to give it a shot?

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