Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Easter! Ours was pretty low key- a quick trip to NH to celebrate my Mom’s birthday and have a little cookout. Today I’m back to blogging business, and I thought I would post about something a few of you have expressed interest in- a tour of our former home.
We bought the house the summer of 2009. We were charmed instantly. It was move-in ready as it had been recently redone. Although it was built in 1950, you would have never guessed by walking around on the first floor! It was bright and sunny, had a big yard, it had white trim, a white kitchen, and a lot of the original cottage details we love. These are the listing photos from when we put the house on the market in the spring of 2012.
We redid the kitchen ourselves in the winter of 2011/12- just before we moved. We used modified Ikea cabinets. I did take before photos, but they are hidden among the thousands in my camera imports- I will definitely make a note to track them down. I’m sure you can see a lot of parallels to our recent kitchen remodel in our current home!
Leaving this kitchen was difficult, because I loved it SO much. However, this house was 40 minutes away from where we live now- which made for a longer commute for Mack, and longer trips to and from NH. We created the built-in from Ikea wall cabinets. We were planning to add crown molding to the whole kitchen, but it was just one of the things that we didn’t end up getting to before we moved.
Since it wasn’t a very large house, the dining room was right in the kitchen. We actually loved that setup because we are fans of casual dining.
Recognize the sink? ;) Leaving behind the Ikea Domsjo was one the hardest parts- but now we fixed that!
The kitchen/dining room also had a small breakfast bar.
Here’s one of those cottage details I mentioned- a charming original built-in.
We didn’t do much to the living room other than add our furniture and decor. The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Georgian Green by a former homeowner. It was a color I hated at first- but it really did work for the room- and eventually it grew on me. You can also see the pretty original maple floors.
This was Cooper’s nursery. Before he was born it had been an office/guest room.
This was Logan’s room.
Here was our master bedroom. There was no master bath, the whole house shared one bathroom when we moved in (although we later added a powder room to the basement).
We redid the basement over the winter of 2010. It was a huge project. We created a powder room, kitchenette, family room, and exercise room. I will have to find some photo of that project as well! We will be doing our basement in our current home at some point- but I think we will probably just go with an open-concept playroom for our current home.
The exercise room.
The kitchenette and powder room.
The beautiful and spacious back yard. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this- but Mack is a “yard” guy. As soon as the snow melts, he disappears into our yard. He worked hard to get the lawn so green at our previous home- and now he’s tackling the one at our current home. I’ll be sharing our yard project soon!
Overall, our former home was a beautiful place and it served us well at that point in our story. We knew it wasn’t our “forever” home, so although I tried not to grow too attached, it was hard to say goodbye. We brought Cooper home to that house, taught Logan how to ride a tricycle, and we discovered a mutual love of DIY projects there. Whether we live somewhere for a few years or a few decades, homes are such personal places- we really do put so much of ourselves into the place we live.
Although it’s only about 40 minutes away, we haven’t driven by since we moved in July of 2012. We’ve been in the area a handful of times, and every time a drive by just doesn’t seem to work out. I actually think it’s a good thing- that way it can remain the way I remember it!
We sold the house to a young newlywed couple that asked to keep the swing set as they were planning to start a family right away. I loved that, as it seemed like a nice continuation in the story of the home. I can only hope that family is enjoying the house as much as we did and that they are making happy memories there!
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