The Next Full House Renovation

Oh, my. I know, I know. A year plus – where has the time gone. Well, you guys – we’ve got a new house and we’re totally ready to do our next full house renovation so I thought I’d swing by and fill you in on some of the details since I’ve been getting some follow up emails from all y’all asking whats going on over here.

Well, first off – had my little guy last March. And then Jay’s job moved from Durham to Raleigh – so being the bike riding, bus loving people we are, we had to move along with it, since a 25 mile bike ride was just going to take too much time out of the husband’s day – if you know what I mean. We knew we wanted to be close enough to Jay’s work that he could ride the bike, and close enough to downtown that I could hop on the bus to get to work, which made our window of possible homes pretty small… and LORDY is it a tight market down here.Β Y’all – for those trying to buy a house in the Raleigh, NC neck of the woods, perhaps you can relate, but it took up over 9-months to find a house. 9 MONTHS.

I can’t even express to you how happy we are to be out of our 1-bedroom apartment we moved into nearly a year ago, thinking we’d be there for a few months. Nope – almost a year later we finally closed on our house. Whew. I’m tired just thinking about it.

I’ll post some more detailed pictures of the inside over the next few weeks, but wanted to share a quick snapshot of how the house looked before we purchased it – and before we get our hands deep in the next full house renovation!

So – like I said – we’ve been search for a city house. For all you urban dwellers, you know that this usually means tree lined streets, beautiful little bungalows and tons of character. Well y’all – we live in a subdivision on a cul-de-sac, in the city. I know – WEIRD, right? I’m still getting over it.

Urban Newer Home Raleigh

That’s the front of the house. Built in 2006 – so to us, that’s brand spankin’ new. As Jay put it, this house has a door bell – that works. Which more or less puts it in another category than our previous abodes. 1930’s vs. 2006 – some differences in the wiring, shall you say. Pretty generic and subdvisiony from the front for sure. Not NEARLY as quaint and cute (IMO) as the other neighborhoods we’ve lived in, but y’all, new houses do have some advantages I’m finding out.

Here is the entry way, it’s large. What does one do with an entry way this large. I’ve yet to figure this out.

Entryway landing

And here is the Dining Room.

Dining Room with Built in

As you can see – just because a house is newer does not mean that it has finishes that don’t look outdated. I love the concept of a built in – but this one has a tad too much maroon laminate for my taste.

Dining Room Built in

Speaking of maroon laminate. Drum roll, please! This is our kitchen. Quite a looker, huh?

Small kitchen design

It needs some love. But it has a pantry. A pantry!! These are things I never thought I would have. I can barely handle it, it just makes my organized crazed self so dang happy.

In case you didn’t have enough maroon in your life – here is another angle.

Kitchen layout for small kitchen

The kitchen leads into the breakfast nook – which is a really nice additional space in the house.

Breakfast Nook off Kitchen

And then the rest of the downstairs leads over into the family room. Love the open concept and how everything feels connected.

Family Room off of the Kitchen

It has a gas fireplace, too. I know we’re going to love that come winter!

Here is another angle Β and before shot so you can see how things look before we take on our full house renovation. It’s a bit of an awkward room (as far as layout is concerned) but I have a few ideas on how to get everything situated nicely in there!

Family Room in Kitchen

I’ll swing by soon to show so additional photos of the upstairs spaces.

Cheerio!

15 thoughts on “The Next Full House Renovation

  1. I could not believe my eyes when I opened my email this morning. I have really missed reading your blog. Wow after all of the work you all did in the house in Durham and then you had to move again!! This new piace does not look like you at all but I”m sure it will evolve. What did you name your little boy?? So glad to have you back!!! Sandee-Fairfax Va.

  2. So happy to see you back! I randomly found your blog when you commented on a post in Young House Love and I realized you were local. The housing market in Durham is ridiculous as well; I’m sure you had no trouble selling your old house. We just sold our house in SW Durham insanely fast. We built new, also in SW Durham; can’t wait to see how you up the charm factor in a ‘new’ house! Those maroon counters are…whoa. So excited to see what you do with this house!

    1. Ha, ha! I know, right? I’m so glad you found me – I always love to hear about local followers. πŸ™‚ There are so many people moving to the triangle, it’s crazy the demand for housing (we’re so thankful we finally found something!).

  3. So glad you are back and sounds like you’ve had a great year!
    I kept the blog link, just hoping you’d come around, and praying nothing bad had happened…
    Looking forward to seeing what is in store for the new house!

  4. Sooooooo happy you are back! Your style has always inspired me and I am in need of some inspiration! This place is perfect and I can’t wait to see how you transform it! Plus, a cute picture of Henry now and then can’t be beat!

    Thanks for coming back!

    -Kate
    http://www.theflorkens.com

  5. What a beautiful place!!! I love the house, I know how hard is shopping for houses, we just moved to MS from SC 1.5 ago…and it was though!!! Glad that we have a nice place to call home…but the stress of closing on a house was draining for me. I hope you enjoy your place…is very charming.

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