Thursday, October 25, 2012

Our Project House

When Andrew and I began talking about moving back to Kansas City over a year and a half ago, it was an understood that we were going to try and find a project house:
Something that we could purchase at a good value and make our own. Andrew & I always love a good challenge. Andrew especially loves home renovation projects. He may disagree, but subconsciously he is always thinking of new home projects.
Our soon to be new home was the first house we saw, but we crossed it off our list right away because of some exterior awfulness flaws. It wasn't until we had seen a handful of homes and talked with a friend that remodels in the area that we decided to give it a second chance. You'll understand when you see the photos below why we crossed it off initially.
It is a 1956 Cape Cod that is still in 1956. The fact that it is circa 1956 makes it perfect for us. No one has attempted to improve it thus it costs us less money. We're not paying for renovation that we don't approve of ascetically. The bones of this house are great. It has a poured concrete basement, 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms and a great layout. We are only going to be taking out one wall in the kitchen. We have a project plan that is pretty intense and will take most of Andrew's time away from work, but I would love love LOVE to be in our new home by Christmas. The longer this project carries on, the less likely that it is going to get done.
Wish us luck! Of course, decor and so forth will take a bit longer to acquire, but I'll be sure to take lots of photos in the process. Love you all & hope to have you over for a Christmas Holiday Party!!!

Love, A&K

Cement Brick, oh you can paint that....

....oh, "weeping morter" (this one was new to me too). This fabulous technique was extreemly pricy & sought after back in the day and now, well, it is "weeping morter". We're open to ideas on this one, but we'll probably just paint it to hide it a little bit more....

Need I say more.

Notice the hole in the side of the house...there are 3 more just like it.
Also, not sure you can tell, but there is wire bent out on the screen door to work as a bit of a creative handle (only one of the many fun perks of this beautiful home).

Welcome Home!

We're thinking that there may be something wrong with the fireplace. Just a guess.

The Dining Room

The Kitchen. The exaust is up for grabs, if there are any takers (kinda greasy).

The Guest Bath (that toilet is from 1956, gross).

Guest Room (come stay with us)

Craft/Office/Toy Storage Room

Let's Venture Upstairs...

Our GIGANTIC upstairs bath. Oh and these pedistool sinks seem to be back in style, but we're going to have to let it go. Just not our style...anyone want it (circa 1956, so?!?!?!). Going to the dumpster.

The Girls' Room

The Master Suite....

So that is about it. We'll keep you updated. Lots of work to do!


Rach and Clark said...

OH MY GOSH this house looks HUGE! Yes, you sure do have your work cut out but I bet it will look beautiful and you guys will be happily living there in no time!

Melissa Jeras said...

Yay new house! Thanks for posting pictures, I was curious. Good thing Andrew is good at that sort of thing!! I can't wait to see the finished product! If it doesn't work out, you could always move back to AZ. ;)