Saturday, April 10, 2010

This Old House

Duane and I live in a very old house. I mean, 114 years old. We fell in love with it the moment we walked through the front door. Both Duane and I love old houses and didn't even bother to look at any "newer" homes during our search. We loved our so much that we placed an offer on it just one day after we saw it. We knew it was the one. It needed a lot of work, but we saw so much potential that we just had to have it! Almost two years later we like it so much more! We have completely renovated the inside and made it our own. When we first bought it it was dark and boring, two years later it is bright and homey. It's great. We love it (have I mentioned the word love enough?!)

I am a big fan of living in an old house; however, sometimes I feel like the work is never ending. There is always something that needs to be done. For instance, this summer we have to conquer the task of painting the exterior of the house. Now I am well aware that my house is pretty little, but it's still a lot of painting. And did I mention that before we paint we have to scrape the current paint off. Doesn't that sound like fun?! Ugh, not so much! The more we think about it, the more tempted we are to just hire someone to do it all. I'm sure it will be expensive, but I think it would be well worth it (hopefully Duane will soon feel the same way).

Although there is always work to be done, I love so many things about having an old house. Things that by far outweigh the massive amounts of work that need to be done. This house has so much character! There are new little things I notice every few days. Details that aren't in newer homes. After living in this house, I don't know that I'll ever live in a new house. Don't get me wrong, I would love having actual "coat closets" but I don't think I'll ever be able to sacrifice the character. The exterior or interior of my house doesn't look like my neighbors, or the house down the street. It's unique, and I love that.

I know I can't live here forever. After all, it is only two bedrooms which means after we have a baby we will probably need to move on. Unless we finish off the attic and add a couple of extra bedrooms...Oh, the possibilities! The day we have to leave this house will be a sad one for sure, so for now I'll just enjoy it (even all the work)! Here are some pictures of some of the unique characteristics I love about our old house...

None of our doorknobs match, but I think they are all so cool!

Another doorknob

Door hinges (I think that's what they're called)

Front door and door bell

Storage cabinets in the bathroom

The wood floors are original to the house. They are really scratched up thanks to Kaia, but they still look great!

Love the door between the yellow room and kitchen! And the windows that are above all the doors!

All of the big windows are part of the reason we bought this house!

Thanks for letting me brag about our lovely house for a few minutes. :)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kelly! Just looking through your blog and ran across this post about your house. It is adorable, I love LOVE old houses! Most people these days don't appreciate the craftsmanship of old homes and want everything brand new. I've been looking for a small well-kept house with some character around the Avon area but haven't had any luck, so if you ever have more babies and outgrow it keep me in mind, lol!!