We’re Home (Almost)
When we moved to Boise 3 and a half years ago, our goal was to buy a fixer upper in the North End. On Tuesday, we made that goal a reality!
Here’s the self-timer picture we took that afternoon.
Yes, we perched the camera on top of the Element.
Here’s a shameless selfie which illustrates just how happy we are to own, as Lucy has named it, The Blue House!
We found this beauty through our brother-in-law. His friend wanted to sell it through a private sale and we wanted to buy it. It’s on a fantastic street in our favorite neighborhood (the North End) in Boise, with the best schools. It’s a 5 minute bike ride from Shaun’s work and hundreds of miles of mountain bike trails and a 10 minute drive from my work. It’s very close to downtown, the greenbelt, and it’s surrounded by parks. We first saw the house in January 2013 and knew that we wanted it but also knew that we wouldn’t be ready to buy for another year. We talked to the seller and he actually kept the house (vacant!) for us until we were ready to buy. He started getting offers on it, and so we put ours in and he accepted it. We’ve driven by the blue house probably 50 times over the last year fantasizing what we would do with it and watching how it looked in the different seasons. We became quite attached, so the fact that it is ours, doesn’t seem real to us now. I think we’ve pinched ourselves a few times in the last few days.
We’ve started this blog to document all the work we’re doing to make this our forever home. The house has fantastic bones but it is ugly and needs some fixing up!
Would you like a tour?
Here’s our house!
It needs a paint job, new windows, and a new door. Those updates won’t come for quite some time! We’ve got much more work to do on the inside before we tackle the outside.
First, is the porch, that used to be open but was walled in at some point. Judging by the fabulous indoor/outdoor carpet, we’re guessing the 70’s.
The porch slopes quite a bit, so eventually, we’d like to fix that issue and open up the porch a bit more with bigger windows. We’ve even discussed expanding the porch to go across the whole front of the house, with the front bedroom window opening onto the porch. Only time will tell.
Through those French Doors is the living room and dining room.
With great hardwood floors hiding under that carpet.
We will be refinishing the floors before we move in.
Here’s the view from the kitchen:
The other things that we hope to accomplish in this room before moving in are:
-Painting the fire place surround white (we’ll be updating and removing the wood at a later date)
-White washing the brick on the fire place
-Painting the entire room
-Updating the light fixtures
Next up, is the major selling point of the house-a big open kitchen.
Most kitchens in the North End are small and closed in. This one is not.
It’s not the prettiest kitchen I’ve ever seen but it’s not the ugliest. It is extremely functional and will be easy to fix up when we get there. For now, it may stay exactly as it is. I would love to take down the wall paper and paint the walls but that’s a nice to have at this point. We have so much other painting and other renovations to do that the kitchen may stay as is for quite awhile.
My favorite part of the house is the hallway-sounds crazy, right? It’s the only part of the house that is original. The house was built in 1912 and went through a renovation in the 70’s. They didn’t touch the hallway though!
When we looked at the house for the first time, my sister was with me and we both thought that the house was familiar. Then we walked into the hallway and we knew-this was the same house my grandma had when we were kids. It’s a Sears Craftsman house, you ordered a house plan from the Sears Catalog and the plans and all the supplies you needed to build it would arrive at your plot of land. My grandma’s house in Bakersfield, CA and our house in Boise, ID are the SAME plan, The Olivia:
We will be taking design inspiration from the hallway to try and restore the house to the way it once was. Our baseboards throughout will match the baseboards in the hallway, as will the framing around doorways.
The first thing you see when you come into the hallway is the bathroom, oh the bathroom.
Avocado green toilet and tub, anyone?
We’re tackling the bathroom first and, in fact, the bathtub is already out and a pretty new white one is already installed in it’s place. It was in the day after we bought the house.
We’re demo-ing the bathroom this weekend and should have a brand new bathroom in the next 2 weeks or so!
On one side of the bathroom is Lucy’s bedroom, in all its 70’s glory:
That’s a lot of brown. It scares her. The paneling will be painted a pretty aqua color that she picked out, the closet doors will be coming down, to expand her room a bit, and she will be getting some fun purple carpet. You’re only 5 once! We’ve debated taking down the paneling, but we think we’ll tackle that when we get new, larger windows in there at some point down the road.
On the other side of the bathroom, is our room:
We chose this for our bedroom because there is a small bedroom behind it that we can expand into to give us more room and, to one day, add a master bath.
The big question right now is-do we knock down the wall now? Stay tuned!
Before moving in, we will be getting rid of all that green! We’ll be getting grey carpet installed, and we’ll be paining every surface in the room. You can’t tell in the pictures, but the ceiling is blue. Green floor, green trim, white walls, and blue ceiling (???). ALL of it will be painted.
Back behind the kitchen is the back porch area, with more of that lovely indoor/outdoor carpet.
That carpet gives me the heebie jeebies and I really hope we have time/money to rip it up before we move in.
Down the stairs, is the basement.
This little room is where our tv and a sleeper sofa will be.
We plan to paint it and to re-carpet it.
We also have a large laundry room down in the basement.
For now, the laundry will stay as is-maybe some paint, if there’s time.
There is also some storage.
Here’s the back yard, with the garage that will be getting a paint job in the spring.
Our side yards:
One with the new tub in it:
And another good sized one on the other side:
I’ve got garden plans for both of those side yards. One will be for tomatoes and other plants that need sun and the other will be for lettuces that need shade.
So that’s it! That’s our house. We know it needs a ton of work but we know we can make it special and make it ours. We think even with the updates that will happen before we move there will be a huge difference. We can’t wait!