The other five houses had crazy things like diagonal 80s pink wood siding. We actually only looked at our house - the others got axed just by looking at the listing. We liked this house and went for it. We told ourselves we would probably be in it for five years max and move to a bigger place before we had kids (ya know, back in the day when you were actually able to move without selling your firstborn...).
Going on six years later, we are still here - and will be for the foreseeable future. Although things have rebounded some, and our city/neighborhood is definitely in much better shape than other areas of Atlanta, we still could not sell our house now for what we owe on it (womp womp).
And oh! I wish I could go back to those silly fresh-outta-college kids and tell them what a person should really look for in a house... I have such a long list now - things I never even thought about back when we were so eager to buy.
One of the biggest on my list is an open floor plan and natural light. Our house has neither. It is pretty closed off, with a dark hallway connecting all of the rooms and a living room and kitchen that are closed off from each other. Our windows are small (with the exception of a big one in the kitchen) and the house always feels a bit dungeony.
So we decided to move forward with a project we had been kicking around for years, but didn't think we would ever get to. It helps that my dad is Mr. Handy and can help us do just about anything.
We are going to open the wall/doorway between our living room and the kitchen, opening up the floor plan and also allowing more light to flow between the rooms. I'm so excited!
So here's what it looked like before: (um, I didn't clean up before taking these - Tony was all "I'm tearing stuff out rightnow")
Yeah, we have a bajillion cabinets. We hate them, they are impractical and inefficiently-sized... but we deal. They are going to get some TLC in this process eventually...
See that giant cabinet - it's going to make room for more doorway!
|Tony tore off the trim before I could get a picture... That's our living room you can see into a bit there on the right.|
|The wood is showing where the opening will come to...Big difference!|
The only bummer is we are losing that very big, very packed cabinet...
It's the only cabinet where we can store big stuff like pots and cutting boards and cookie sheets. But see how that monstrosity really blocks off the room? It sticks out and really creates a barrier there, making the kitchen feel smaller and isolated.
Soon you will be able to see that entire window from the front door, which will be great for light flow.
My parents are coming this weekend to help us do it.
On the future list for the kitchen is:
- Refinish cabinets
- New cabinet hardware
- New light fixtures?
I will share our progress as we go!