Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bungalow before

"With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown..." (Chinese proverb)

Here it is: our new home, as of Sept. 10. A beautiful red brick bungalow (read about Chicago bungalows here) with the original stained-glass windows in the octagon-shaped front.

The living room (with the previous owner's furniture--these are the realtor's photos). A Japanese-American couple raised four children in this house and lived here almost 40 years.

The dining room (check out that arch from the living room). The realtor claimed many who looked at the house wanted to keep the mid-century wood squares, but we're going to get rid of them. Ditto for the floral wallpaper above them.

The kitchen is the first order of business. It's quite small but has a pantry and back porch where we plan to expand. It will be a big project, but we hope to do it next summer. It will be nice to be able to make it the way we want it. In the meantime, I hope we get a dishwasher soon!

The "master" bedroom on the first floor will be Ed and mine--until we redo the upstairs. That's a longer-term project. There's a second bedroom on the first floor, where Sam is now, and two upstairs, but they need a lot of work. We hope to "dormer" up there someday and make a master suite with bathroom and office. Until then, it's our office and my craft space!

We love the vintage finished basement, complete with wood paneling, orange vinyl barstools and piano--all of which they left. There's also tons of unfinished storage space down there--and a small bathroom and separate shower. Hopefully someday there'll be a guest room down there.

View from the back. You can see the porch on the right that we hope to make into a bright kitchen that leads to a deck. It's a nice, city yard--takes about 7 minutes to mow!

We haven't done much except unpack boxes and arrange furniture, but I will slowly have some small steps of "after" to show soon.


roseylittlethings said...

I love it, what a darling house with lots of space to grow:) Love all the vintage elements! Lucky you! We are doing the opposite.... 4500sq ft 6bed house to a 1650sq ft 3 bed house... YIKES it will be a tight fit! No more craft room... SNIFF SNIFF!

vi0linista said...

It's so beautiful and has so much more potential. We wish we'd be in the same situation as you. Not as lucky :(