When we had the twins, 18 months ago, we quickly out grew our first home, which was in a charming little neighborhood near downtown Dallas, surrounded by trendy restaurants and bars within walking distance. While we were in no hurry to move, we realized that we would eventually need more room AND a better school district, so we started "looking" at other houses.
In our lackadaisical search for a new home, we were introduced to the most amazing, unique neighborhood. It was only a few miles from downtown Dallas and just so happened to be in an exemplary elementary school district. We loved that every house was totally unique and surrounded by enormous trees on winding streets. There are even horse stables in the neighborhood, and on most days you see a number of people riding their horses down neighborhood streets or through nearby parks.
To make a very long story short, I had seen one particular house in this neighborhood online several times. I referred to it as the "white farmhouse." I always dismissed it due to the number of quirky elements in the home, but it had a way of creeping its way back into our search.
Several months into our search, I opened an email from our real estate agent, Ty...he suggested we take a look at a certain house in our desired neighborhood. While he acknowledged that the home needed some work, he also pointed out that it was at a price point that would allow us to do a remodel. Low and behold, I open the link in his email and up pops a photo of the "white farmhouse."
Later that day, while sitting in my office, Alli whips around from her desk and says to me, "Oh my gosh, Emily...I saw this house online last night.... and you HAVE to buy it. It's so charming." As she starts describing the house to me, I realize once again, it's the "white farmhouse!" Ugh!!! I immediately called our realtor to set up a showing.
An hour later, Alli and I drove up to the house and as soon as I walked in the front doors, I knew it was the one. We immediately put in an offer and we now OWN that "white farmhouse!"
As fun and exciting as all of that seems, I do have a grand plan, and we have A LOT of work to do.
We've decided to break this down into 2 remodels:
REMODEL 1: started last month, has entailed rebuilding the main stair case, sheet rocking ceilings, replacing front doors, adding shutters, removing all of the awkward interior french doors, and essentially eliminating 90% of all of the quirky things that I SO hated about this house.
REMODEL 2: which we hope to start in late Spring, will entail turning an existing first floor guest bedroom and an adjacent storage garage at the back of the house into a grand master suite (bedroom & bath). The current master, which is upstairs, contains a tiny bathroom and a small shared closet, and is also right next to the kids' rooms.
Anyways, if you're still reading... :-) Below are a few of the seller's photos used when the house was on the market. Hopefully they will help you get a good feel for the house.
Needless to say, we have A LOT of work to do. But I hope you are able to see the potential that I saw when we bought the home. The house already looks SO different from how it looks in these photos! I can't wait to show you what we've done!
Here are some of the changes that are taking place right now...
There is so much more to this house that you really can't see in the photos... It was originally built in 1940, but it was remodeled and added on to in 2005 and 2010. It contains the original interior doors AND the original glass door knobs, which I love. I also love that the secondary baths were remodeled using the black and white hexagon tiles to depict the style of the early 1900's.
What do you think about the kitchen? The open shelving was one of the things that scared me off from the house, but now I love it! The White Carrara countertops and subway tile help the kitchen feel bright and clean. (island from previous photos no longer exists - it was the seller's)
As far as furniture / decorating goes...We have put the kids in their own rooms and I have already designed and installed Stella's room. I am so excited to show it to you!
The Living Room has also been designed and was 90% installed last week, and the new kitchen tables and chairs should be here next month!
I'll be sure to keep you updated on all of the changes over the next several months! There will be A LOT of them!!