Our appointment to view the home was at 6pm on Thursday, September 20th, 2012. We made an offer the next morning, headed to Chicago that afternoon for a wedding of a friend and accepted their counter on Tuesday the 25th. Easy!
When we turned onto the street, we could see the northwest corner of the house, and I'm pretty sure when I stepped out of our realtor's car, I wanted it no matter what the inside looked like. The slanted roofline was the first thing that caught my eye, as well as the slats that created the overhang. The Roman brickwork around the entire house, plus the stone fireplace set on an angle were also eye-catching.
Here is the official BEFORE photo tour taken by my friend Kristen at K. Holly Studios on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, the day after we closed on the house. See each caption below the photo.
Now we step inside the house. Remember when I said I wanted the house no matter WHAT the inside looked like? Well, be prepared to be underwhelmed. It is NOT our dream house in this state of randomness. We are currently tearing everything out, to make way for a modern renovation, with the original midcentury elements left in place. Let me explain...
No, seriously. The first thing you see when you enter our new house is a giant mirror (and by giant, I mean over 7' tall and 7' wide) to the right, and this tiny, gross, little bathroom to the left. The wall (not original to the house) with the mirror is already gone, and this bathroom is becoming a small entryway. WELCOME! Who puts a toilet by the front door? Terrible idea.
It has THEE most amazing light fixtures - the giant globes - and based on old photos of the home, it looks to us like there was actually one of these outside on the dining patio as well. Seeing as it was outside, it most likely was broken and never replaced. We LOVE these!
We have already purchased (off Craig's List) an outdoor teak patio set - a sofa, love seat and two chairs plus one ottoman. The cushions need to be recovered, but it was the perfect find and the wood is in great shape!
To the left of the kitchen, is a built in office/desk area. This was the very first "room" you saw when you walked in the front door and past the strange wall, and I have NO idea why no one else ever opened that up to be a nice, big kitchen area, but we did, and all of this is gone already. I cannot wait to show you the AFTER on this shot! It's going to be the biggest change, I believe.
The basement will be another living area - the mechanical room will be a little shut off room, but the rest will be a living room with a lot of storage for toys, games and a big sofa and our television! The back room (the bottom right photo) will have laminate floors (reused from the old kitchen/dining/office area upstairs) and all shelving for storage. I think I have got to get rid of all the yellow paint too.