Posts tagged ‘Restoration’

A peek inside a bargain brownstone

MSN provided us with a nice look into a Brownstone with some original details…I’m loving the wood work!

http://realestate.msn.com/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=13108500#1

It’s a Boy!!

..and we’re finally home. Baby Knowles (Noah) was born Sept 7th at 12:14PM.

And as promised, Daddy Knowles (Reggie) had the nasty carpet pulled up off the stairs and out of the house before we came home….

Now that I’m not carrying a  person- lol-  I’m really looking forward to completing  some renovations.

626 Willard Ave…

The renovation on this house turned out very well. This house is similar to mines- wish I could reno in.  6 months. The owners did a really nice job updating this home and still keeping it affordable for first time home buyers looking to get into the Westview community. Listed at 124.9K, the 3bed/2bath home is on a spacious lot, with nicely manicured low maintenance perennial landscaping.  I love how  the home is positioned far from the street-its like your own private retreat once you’re up the stairs. The house also features a huge backyard with covered deck.

The master suite is upstairs; a large attic build out with windows on every side, a nursery or office and bathroom with custom tile. The master also has double closets and double bathroom vanities -talk about items to keep a relationship lasting! lol….after 12yrs of marriage, I can’t stress the importance of MY OWN closet and sink lol

The downstairs bedrooms are also roomy- one with french doors leading to the back deck- this would make a nice guest room or office.

The owners also were smart enough to think of adding a laundry ROOM(with a window) …dual purpose since its off the back of the house and kitchen, it can also work as a mud room. (something I desperately need after my kids play outside on a rainy day with the dog!!)

Again, this house is a delight in this price range for any first time homebuyers! I hope to have some new neighbors soon.

Once again…

I’m selling a home to envy!! Westview Atlanta 3bed/2bath restored craftsman Bungalow. List price 169K

While one hand I truly am jealous of this house and all the original details, it does make me think of what my home could be with a lot of work-and money. However, my house has too many modern features and too few original details left. I don’t know how I feel about reproducing the look with new moldings…should I stop fighting against what is and just work with what I have, completing the interior in a more modern finish? Would it not flow or look good  if I continue to have a mix of both 1920’s charm and mod?

Less than a day to transform into a guest room

My husband is the biggest procrastinator I know. His grandmother will be staying with us for 1 week. He has less than a day to transform THIS office/catch-all room into a nice guest room for her. 

On his “to do” list… 1) ADD A DOOR!!!!  (We have several rooms without doors- we do have the doors…they’re just not up yet. Why?- didn’t I say “My husband is the biggest procrastination I know”)  2) Take down the temporary sheets-and hang curtain rods and real curtains (purchased 4mths ago!) 3) Put together the baby’s crib 4)….Where is the daybed? 5) can she NOT have a treadmill towering over her as she sleep? 6) rug?pictures? some kind of cozy accents since it is still painted starch (but dirty) white.

Personally, I’ll be surprised to see if this all happens but… I’ll try to have faith in him and will sit back and watch. Yes!- SIT BACK AND WATCH! …because I told him 2mths ago we needed this done, when I was able to help.

…it couldn’t get any worst…

The other day, on my way to the kitchen I passed through this little four-way hall intersection (which really is wasted space for now because the only thing there is the thermostat and a chair)..the transition space felt so ‘blah’ and the flat white walls are extremely dirty …I know, a can of paint could really transform this area but once again, I have some unfinished drywall on one of the walls so I don’t think I should do anything yet.  I decided to let my girls ‘go to town’ and just get creative on the dirtiest wall. We loaded a few paper plates with paint and here is the product of their hard work….and a great two hours of me being left alone! lol

I did come up with a great idea for the area… after we complete the drywall on the other side and we’re ready to repaint, we will paint this wall with the black Chalk Board paint, they can continue and change their work…on the other side, we’ll build shelves for all the art supplies (now currently stored in bags in the closet) This will become their art studio.  It’s a great solution, I will not have to worry about them spilling paint on my diningroom table, the space is big enough for the two of them- a desk- they’ll have an erasable canvas and not waste so much paper- and finally this transitional space will not feel like a waste.

Smoke and Mirrors

I was so tired of looking at this unfinished wall…here is my contribution to todays home improvement projects…
Mean while, the drywall is in the guest room screaming to be used.


We must get it together, monetary value will not be added with smoke and mirrors…

In other news,my husband is up to stairs #4 of 18 in pulling up the carpet. LOL… I think its time he swings by home depot and pickup a laborer for a few hours.

I’m praying the baby comes very soon-like tomorrow-because I can’t take NOT being able to do anything.

Over a year?

Wow..time does fly! I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve post here. Ok- I’m back… and have a major project to keep me motivated to post and talk it through.
My family and I have recently obtained a 5/3 bungalow (more cottage looking to me) in the Westview community of Atlanta. (YAY!!) While I am soo excited about being apart of the community- I just hope I can add some value to my little corner and fixer. I guess I will document my journey here- along with continuing to post some really nice houses 🙂
Stick around- it can only get more interesting as I tackle this 3100sqft fixer… right now my biggest challenge/ decision is do I restore or just renovate…

Bungalow Blogs

Here is a list of cool Bungalow Blogs I had the pleasure of reading this morning. These  bloggers are awesome and on a mission!!

www.westviewbungalow.com (the best neighbors anyone could ask for- unless you’re a slacker like me-lol)

http://bungalowinthehollow.blogspot.com/  ( I need to get my garden in order)

http://1311vernon.blogspot.com/   (love their logo!!) 1919 Bungalow Revival

http://bungalow23.com/

http://1912bungalow.com/ (loving all the kitchens!)- I’m a huge Bungalow fan, but also love the morden interiors; a mix of both is perfect for me…I’m working on this in my own 1920 Bungalow.

more to come…

Old Homes?

Do you like old homes? check out www.oldhouses.com  for listings of old homes by states. Most restored and for sale, but some needing restoration! Great deals across the country.