• Our Next Adventure!

    by  • September 16, 2015 • House Projects & Updates • 12 Comments

    I don’t think I could be any more excited about our new adventure – we bought our next house!

     photo _DSC0149_zpsjkkqmczh.jpg

    We had been wanting to buy a fixer upper for awhile, and we stumbled upon this amazing foreclosure with tons of unique architectural details. It was right after I started my new job (drafting for a home building company – love it!) and we were eager to move closer, so the timing was right and we just decided to go for it! The house wasn’t at all what we were looking for – it’s a complete 180 from our 900 sq. ft. first home that we loved! It’s WAY more house than we want or need right now, but we’re looking at it as an investment opportunity. It’s an incredible house, Phil was excited about the business side of it, I was thrilled to have such a big design project, it was in the location we wanted, and surprisingly doable within our budget…so we thought, why not?!

    It’s a big house with LOTS to renovate – that means LOTS to blog about! Yay! Let’s start with a tour of the outside!

    The front entry has brick columns and an iron gate (I know! fancy pants!). We have to have it repaired but it will definitely be a cool feature once it’s fully functional.

     photo WoodleyExterior067_zps7uvye3ui.jpg

    The front circle driveway is HUGE which is great for parking – and Phil is especially excited that more concrete = less grass to mow, haha.

     photo WoodleyExterior071_zpsobpe36sv.jpg

    Copper dormers, leaded glass windows…dreamy!

     photo WoodleyExterior088_zpsygekckhi.jpg

    It has a beautiful front door with more leaded glass sidelights and transom. Love! We’re hoping to refinish the door back to solid wood and restore the hardware that was painted.

     photo WoodleyExterior095_zps5piulxqb.jpg
     photo WoodleyExterior296_zpsgyd7tvvz.jpg

    It also has the most hilariously fancy and frilly doorbell cover I’ve ever seen! I was not even aware that these things existed!

     photo WoodleyExterior294b_zpstnylxpt1.jpg

    On the left is the side entry garage. The front wall has a brick planter bed that I think is begging to be a fountain! I love the big wooden beam across the garage door.

     photo WoodleyExterior100_zps0bgqgmul.jpg

    There was a brick privacy wall and a gate next to the garage, but sadly something backed into the brick and demolished that! Plans are already in the works to repair the bottom half of the brick wall and add a fence along the top that matches a new gate.

     photo WoodleyExterior105_zps3mx4chbq.jpg

    On the other side is a courtyard that I’m obsessed with! It’s one of my favorite aspects of this house. Those windows go to the kitchen and the view is so private and peaceful. It’s easy to picture it cleaned up with some globe lights strung across – can’t wait!

     photo WoodleyExterior108_zpsmhglugsq.jpg

    The sunroom separates the courtyard from the rest of the yard.

     photo WoodleyExterior121_zpsppakvl2e.jpg

    The living room bumps out the back with a set of french doors on all 3 sides. We’re planning on bumping it out even further to include a covered porch area. The awnings are coming down, but how cute is that french country roofline?

     photo WoodleyExterior047_zpsxttbuhhi.jpg

    Straight out those center living room doors is this brick structure. After some landscaping and painting the brick (probably), I think this would be a great spot for a hanging swing. And another fountain in front of that, haha. A girl can dream!

     photo WoodleyExterior001_zps4rzy5wqa.jpg

    On the other side of the yard there is (WAS!) a tiny pool.

     photo WoodleyExterior167_zps11i6kfws.jpg

    We lovingly referred to it as our swamp. At any given time, you could count at least 10 pairs of mating toads…aw.

     photo WoodleyExterior148_zpsxxtzsmzu.jpg

    On the other side of the house there’s a bricked in private courtyard off the master bathroom (again…fancy pants!).

     photo WoodleyExterior197_zpsmbnaxdz9.jpg

    That concludes the “before” tour of the outside! It has a ways to go to get where I envision it, but it clearly already has some incredible features! The new roof started the day after we closed on the house. It made a huge difference, especially in person.
     photo IMG_20150828_172710237_HDR_zpseoxuswpg.jpg

    Now that the roof is done, we’re pretty sure that we’re going to want to paint the brick, but we’re going to wait until we powerwash it to make that final decision.

     photo WoodleyExterior281_zpsbrmnxktu.jpg

    If you’re curious (because I was), we’re doing a construction loan to afford the renovations, which will all be refinanced into the mortgage in a few months. Our contractor is taking care of all the major items, but trust me there will still be PLENTY left for us to DIY along the way. This is definitely a new experience for us, but it’s exciting to see things happen so quickly. This is what it looks like when your contractor is awesome and so many things are happening at once that you can’t even fit all their vehicles in one picture!
     photo IMG_20150831_123348415_HDR_zps5m2y7xi6.jpg

    And I’ll just leave you with this photo I took today in the backyard…

     photo WoodleyExterior351_zps1ztdsem5.jpg

    To be continued!

    Related posts:

    12 Responses to Our Next Adventure!

    1. Bonnie M
      September 16, 2015 at 7:08 am

      This is so exciting!!! I look forward to your blogs and the transformation that awaits.

    2. Aunt Robin
      September 16, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      What a great place! You should rent it out for weddings and live in part of it although it is such a great place you might not want to give t up for that. Can’t wait to see what all you do to the place!
      Aunt Robin

    3. Kelsy
      September 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Looks like that slide is a little large for the pool…haha!! So excited for you two 🙂

    4. September 17, 2015 at 8:32 am

      How exciting! Can’t wait to follow along.

    5. Katie
      September 17, 2015 at 10:59 am

      What a great house! My husband & I are in the process of selling/buying a house & have recently been looking at forclosures, so I am really excited about seeing you process with this home!

    6. Pingback: New House “Before” – Part 2 | Beautiful Matters

    7. Aunt Holly
      September 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks for sharing the photos of your new home. Can’t wait to see the transformation as it progresses! Congrats to you and Phil.

    8. Joelle
      October 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      I just came across your blog from Pinterest (I’m refinishing my kitchen cabinets right now and was linked to your site ) and I am sooo excited to see what you do with this beautiful house!

    9. November 20, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      So beautiful, can not wait for the after photos!

    10. Allison
      July 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

      I have loved watching your homes develop through Pinterest….can’t hardly wait to see what magic you are bringing to your new residence. It has some great bones for you to work with and I am especially looking forward to seeing how the front door looks with the ironwork revealed from under its coats of paint!

    11. Mary Thomas Lee
      November 2, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      I just found this site early this morn and have spent the day (except when in surgery this morn) reading almost every post. Do you still post pics somewhere of your projects?

    Leave a Reply