Well we’re down to the 3 week countdown before they hand over the keys to our new casa…
and while I’m elbows deep separating my crap into “TAKE”, “TOSS”, and “DONATE” piles (downsizing is such a pain) and hoarding boxes from the local supermarket, I thought I’d give you all a little sneak peak of the place. I did a mock-up floorplan of the house as best as we could remember from the walk-through using MS Paint. I know. For a SW Engineer, you’d think I could find something cooler to use, but hold on… there’s more to come.
So without further ado, here’s a look at the main floor. The kitchen opens up onto an enclosed maybe 10’x10′ patio area. A chunk of that is taken up by the AC unit, but I’m hoping to be able to squeeze some plants, chairs, and the grill out there to create a nice little “backyard.”
And the 2nd floor and basement. The bathroom isn’t large and it’s kind of oddly arranged making it feel narrow and cramped. Still not sure what we can do in there to help the situation, but I’m brainstorming. There’s also an odd little half bath in the laundry room in the basement. We’re planning on putting some sort of divider up. It’s not like the stacked W/D you sometimes see in bathrooms… it’s the opposite – it’s like a toilet and sink randomly in the laundry room. And with such a large basement, we’ve already got plans to have a home gym and workshop area. A girl’s gotta have a place to store her saw ya know!
If you’re struggling to get a visual, we did a little mock-up of the main floor using Homestyler:
Unfortunately, we were limited when it came to drawing the stairs. They’re not floating stairs like it shows here, so imagine wall on both sides really only leaving a small hallway/walkway from the living room to the dining room which look much more separated in person.
We’ve definitely got a long list of projects we hope to tackle while living here from furniture building to urban gardening. As always, most are projects designed for the typical renter… making a rental house your home without breaking any part of your lease agreement. Basically, you won’t find any posts about major demolition or construction despite our wish that we could knock the drywall off one side of the house to show off that beautiful Baltimore brick. But sometimes you can get away with a slightly bigger project than just painting or one that’s more permanent to the house if you can convince your landlord that it’ll increase the property value for the future. In our case, we’ve already gotten permission to install and over-the-range microwave. Sure it’d be cheaper to buy a standard one, but with such limited counter space in the kitchen, we didn’t want to have to sacrifice any more. Luckily, she agreed. Have I mentioned how much I love our new landlord already? Because she’s pretty awesome.