Thursday, June 20, 2013

Planning Possibilites

Well, It's T-minus four days till our inspector takes a look at our possible new abode. We're pretty stoked. In lieu of an improvement project, I figured I'd tell you more about the house and our plans that we're dreaming of one day being a reality. Sorry folks, this might be a long one.

Here is my rough sketch floor plan for what we'll be working with. When I say rough, I mean ROUGH. I haven't been able to really take any exact measurements yet, but the ratios are pretty accurate.

(The top of the image is the front yard, the bottom is the back)

First thing we'd like to tackle? The kitchen. It's not in bad shape actually.

The cabinets are in really good shape and the layout isn't too bad (Though I'd love to eventually move the stove to the peninsula), so we're going to save some money and work with what we've got.

I'm pulling inspiration from images like these.

I love how open these kitchens feel, but they still have a nice touch of modernism with the gray bottom cabinets. It makes it feel clean, yet cozy, and very user friendly. Scott is a big fan of having pendants over the peninsula (and I agree!) to give some additional light to the space. An issue that we are having to remember in this field of dreams that we've planted is that there is no direct sunlight into the kitchen due to the addition/ bonus room (which was built where the window USED to be).

That's why we're hoping that using a light gray on the bottom and having the white upper cabinets will open up the space a bit rather than closing it off with a darker color or wood grain. We also plan on eventually adding task lighting to help open up the workspace under the cabinets. We love to cook, so we are pretty excited about the possibilities here.

The PINK guest bathroom, which I keep calling Pinky Pie in my mind, is also something we'd like to make less offensive sooner rather than later. I've honestly considered painting it for the time in, the wall and the wall tile, just to make it a little less.....eye-burny. It's a difficult room, to be sure. Remember this image?

Yeah, sorry to send you into claustrophobia without warning there. I'm actually standing on top of the tub to get the picture, so your eyes are not deceiving you; it's small. And Pink. After trying to Google Search small bathrooms, I realized that the general person's perspective on a small bathroom is that it's about the same size as the two we currently have in our apartment right now. I hate to burst their bubble, but they should be more thankful for the space they've got. Anytime someone does this to a wall switch, you know they're hurting for room.

I finally found a bathroom that had space issues much like Pinky here, but was a more modern, clean look.

We love the glass tile around the tub. Most of all, the dark, large slate tiles that make up the flooring really set off how light and airy the rest of the bathroom feels. To get this look, we've got quite a list of things to conquer first:

+Tear out all of the pink tile walls
+Tear out the wore white/pink tile floor
+Get the bathtub either refinished or replaced (right now, it matches the tiles. More pictures to come)
+Put up new backboard for the tub and most likely, the rest of the bottom portion of the walls.
+Make sure that any bear drywall is painted white.
+Eventually tear out the master bedroom closet to make the bathroom bigger and more livable.

They all seem like pretty doable tasks. The last bullet may have confused you, so let me explain.

The Pinky is, of course, pink. The master bathroom is in blue. We have a plan to take out the master bedroom's closet and move it so that it goes into the guest bedroom. There will still be plenty of room in the guest for this to happen. It will also allow the pink bathroom to be more square instead of T-shaped, which will mean we can move the toilet out of the weird cubby and give it some breathing room.

The master and guest bedrooms are in good shape, so that's a relief. We are having carpet installed before moving in because Scott and I both feel that carpet makes bedrooms feel cozy, but we're only having it installed in the bedrooms, so we can keep the clean lines the wood floor has for the rest of the house.

The front room has a large window, so we hope to capitalize on it with a nice bright green color scheme, tan small couch, and some inviting chairs.

Beth, one of my best friends and fellow blogger at Over on Dover, has been waiting for us to find a new home so she can tackle one of her favorite things: painting the front door. A fun and unique front door color draws attention and welcomes guests to your home rather than blending in and looking like the rest of the neighborhood.

I'm torn between two colors for this house. Currently, it looks like this:

But these two are really catching my eye:

Orange or a sunset red? Thoughts? Let me know in the comments which one catches YOUR fancy!

That's kind of it for right now. We have way more plans, but I don't want mood board those until we've figured out more on how we'd like them to turn out. That just means you'll have to wait for another post! Oh noes!


  1. I got a shout out! :D
    And you know I am all about the orange. Ever since you second-ing my thought about a yellow front door for my house, I have been really considering it. I think I'll work some Photoshop magic right now!

  2. no 'question - orange. also, have u thought about eliminating one of the tubs and making it a shower? more space and function.

    1. We had considered getting rid of the tub in the master bathroom and just having a tub in the guest. We'd like to keep the guest a tub for when we eventually have kids. We need to get in and measure, though, to see if it will really help our space in the master much, though. It is a good idea!

  3. The next time you're over we should take you to see Josh and Windy's house, especially the kitchen. In has grays, whites, pendant lights and sounds like the kind of kitchen you have in mind.

  4. FYI that last comment was from me, Alex. Alex Clay. Because you know too many Alexes...