I LOVE OLD HOUSES.
love them with all my heart.
and when I am scoping out homes online, my head is always turned when I see a beautiful old home. The character, the charm, the history…and the quality of workmanship are difficult if not impossible to replicate on todays budgets.
are old houses easy? no
are old houses worth it? absolutely!
Our house has been on the market now for 18 months. It was off for about a week and we decided to see this Fall season through and then re-assess come Spring. Not surprising, if still unsettling and truth be told, the longer we stay – the more I want to just stay put. Our main competition is new construction in a subdivision that did not exist when we moved here 13 years ago. For a LONG time, I thought that I would jump at the chance to have an all new house…but, not so much anymore.
I HAVE A OLD COUNTRY HOUSE “BUCKET LIST”
In the list – well there are TWO lists – List#1 contains update that I would love to do NOW to improve the flow and living spaces in our home. List #2 – is the EXTENSIVE “if I won the lottery” list. I WILL spare you List#2 – it contains the moon and the stars – but I would love to share #1 with you! It is so fun the dream!
MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE – BUCKET LIST
- Open up the entry to the dining room – all of our rooms have regular size doorways, except the two living rooms which are separated by pocket-doors.
2. Take the wall down between the dining room and kitchen, gut the kitchen and create a more modern space- add a large island, and huge farm table. Oh my gosh – can you even imagine how gorgeous that would be!!!!
- Add built-ins in the living room on either side of the pocket doors.
level the floor in the old sleeping porch and make that a studio/guest bedroom.
Replace all of the storm windows and add black shutters to the exterior of the house.
and I think that is about enough dreaming for now.
Have you ever taken on a HUGE renovation? A few years ago when we did all 3 bathrooms and the kitchen and replaced the ceilings upstairs it was crazy but when it was done…it was amazing. I can only imagine that doing a kitchen is crazy – but it would be incredible in this house to have that open space.
Okay – back to reality. I am releasing new artwork next week on both UGallery and LesliDeVito.com so I have been in full-on painting mode. I am excited to show you the new pieces!