Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Brick House Tour

 Ready for a photo tour of the Brick House? She needs some loving inside, so try and see past the crazy colors and dinginess. There is a lot of potential here!
We are going to start at the front of the house at the front door. An original to the house, very lovely!

Looking back to the front door with the staircase to the right and the living room to the right. This is after Mandy and I tore up the last piece of carpet, you can see the carpet padding stuck to the floor in spots.

Look at the newel post! I have never seen one this fancy. 

 There is also an original glass door leading into the living room!

And don't forget to look up and admire the light fixture. I don't think it is cira 1915, but I love the ribbed glass shade.

 Looking toward the dinning room, a nice large room.

And looking back toward the living room. (That is the entry hall door to the right.) A classic layout with the living room and dining one big room. I love how large the windows are! And they are all original. The "boxes" under the windows are metal radiator covers. 

 And that brings us to the kitchen! I can't wait to get rid of the orange! The kitchen has a chopped up awkward layout. I am not sure how much I can fix it, but I am going to try and minimize it! There are two large windows (to the left), the door to the deck (right), the door to the dinning room (behind) and the door to the hall (further left). 

 Because of the door to the deck, the cupboards along this wall can only be 12" deep. The dinning room doorway is to the right.

This is across the kitchen looking toward the entry hall, the windows are to the right. I have a couple of ideas to hopefully make it more functional. For a small kitchen it should have a good amount of storage when I am done. 

We are now ready to head upstairs! 

 Another nice feature, a built in linen closet at the top of the stairs!

This is the little hallway. To the left- the bath, forward- back bedroom, to the right-middle bedroom, behind- front bedroom. I love how efficient this hall is! Just enough space, but not too crowded.

 This is the front bedroom, what you might call the "master bedroom". It has two closets and three large windows.

The aluminum window awning is on the tear out list. 

 The middle bedroom with another aluminum window awning.....

And an extra long closet! I love all the closets with the slanty ceilings and angled walls. 

The back bedroom, which is a bit on the small side. But still not too tiny. I think getting rid of the purple will help!

This bedroom also has a door to the outside balcony. Honestly, this is one of my lest favorite features. I would rather of had a window.

 And to finish off the second floor, here is the bathroom! It is a very small, very beige box. (Which makes it hard to photograph!)

 It needs some serious updating in here!

Including the floor....
This also gives you an idea of how tiny it is! Barely one step from the toilet to the sink.

 I have just a few photos of the basement. It is pretty dark, dirty, creepy and just plain sad! It was finished sometime in the early 60s, judging from the paneling, and it has not aged well. It is also chopped into little spaces that doesn't make it very useable. So this week's project is tear it all out!

Just to leave you with a happier picture, here is the best part of the basement! A cute little sink! I am going to keep it and the toilet. It is always handy to have an extra when there is only one bathroom in the house!

Thanks for taking the tour! Definitely plenty of work here! But I love bringing back to life these old beauties!


  1. Great potential in this house! It might be wise to get help from a kitchen designer to whip that room into shape. When we used one she had ideas that I never would have thought of to give us a pantry and lots more counter space. It was a good investment for us.

  2. Wow, what a great tour. I am so excited for you, so much potential.

  3. Oh Heide! It looks so neat. I love all the little details.

  4. Love all the vintage doors and windows. Reminds me so much of houses in my hometown, Fremont, Ohio. So much history in these houses, if only walls could talk and tell you about the families that that lived there.

  5. Wow, that will be a great project for you. Cute little drawer with the bathroom medicine cabinet though!