Virtual House Tour: The Inside

I would have really liked to post this before moving day, but it’s better late than never I suppose: welcome to the long-overdue second installment of the virtual house tour, featuring the inside of the new house. (In case you missed it, the first installment looked at the outside of the house and yard, and can be found here.)

All of the images in this post were taken shortly after closing, before we did the painting and the floors. But first, here’s a quick floorplan that should hopefully make everything clearer:

The layout of our Chicago bungalow -- main level floorplan.
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The image above should be reasonably accurate, and it shows the general layout of the main level of the house: the living room spans the entire width of the house, and looks out on the front yard and street. From there, the kitchen and dining room take up one side, and two roughly equally-sized bedrooms, as well as the bathroom, take up the other.

The living room.

The above photo shows the living room, which has almost an entire wall made up of windows. A radiator sits beneath the windows (the house is heated by an old-fashioned boiler instead of a forced-air heating system) and a fireplace surrounded by glass-doored bookshelves takes up most of the far wall.

Closer view of the fireplace.

Unfortunately, the fireplace is purely decorative — it has no chimney, and according to the previous owner, it never did. This is a pity, since a functional fireplace would be wonderfully cozy during our long Chicago winters, and I have to wonder how feasible it would be to convert it at some point down the road.

Oh, and those two mysterious little stained glass windows I mentioned in the outside portion of the virtual house tour are on this fireplace wall — I think one would be roughly above each of the bookshelves if the wall hadn’t been put in over them.

The other side of the living room.

Looking back at the other side of the room, you can see the short stairway that leads down to the front door, and past it, the dining room. And yes, this is what the walls looked like before we got around to painting, with visible dust and grime leftover from behind the previous owners’ furniture and picture frames. Yikes!

Moving along, the dining room features another radiator, a fancy light fixture, and in the corner, behind what looks like a closet door, a fairly steep and narrow stairway to the attic:

The dining room.

I should mention that this light fixture is on the low side, and without a table beneath it yet, Joe is tall enough that he’s rammed his head into it on several occasions already.

Looking back at the other side of the dining room, you can see the mirrored door to a coat closet on the way to the living room:

The other side of the dining room.

Moving on to the bathroom (which I’ve already mentioned briefly here), it’s pretty plain and unremarkable — white tile, white tub, white sink, and white toilet:

The bathroom.

The bathroom walls are a pale sandy color, although we recently realized that they’re covered in wallpaper that was never removed, just painted over. So taking that down is likely to be a project for some point down the road.

The two small bedrooms are pretty similar in size and appearance, and it may even be a bit hard to tell them apart in photos. This first shot shows the bedroom closer to the front of the house:

The front bedroom.

It has a small closet with a mirrored door, as well as another radiator. When standing over by the closet, this is the view looking back out the bedroom door towards the hallway and kitchen:

The other side of the front bedroom.

The other bedroom at the back of the house looks pretty similar and has another radiator, but instead of a closet it opens up into the tandem room:

The rear bedroom.

And this is the view looking back out towards the hallway and other bedroom:

The other side of the rear bedroom.

I think the tandem room is one of my favorites in the house. It’s small, but it gets a ton of light due to all the windows looking out on the backyard. The previous owners seemed to be using it as something of a closet, and they left behind this big wardrobe cabinet thing:

The tandem room.

The interior wall of the tandem room is made of brick and has been painted white. It also has a sort of exterior-looking light fixture next to the doorway leading back into the bedroom:

The doorway to the tandem room.

Moving on to the kitchen, you’ll see cabinets, countertops, and appliances that are all perfectly functional, just a little dated and worn out. The refrigerator in particular is very old — while I’m not entirely sure when it was made, the sticker on the back seems to indicate that it was designed in the 1960’s:

The kitchen.

The kitchen features a big corner sink and laminate countertops with little flower patterns. Also, it came equipped with a bunch of tiny bottles of liquor for some reason:

The kitchen sink.

The other side of the kitchen has a hanging metal light fixture and a small pantry that was allegedly converted from an old-fashioned milk delivery box on the back of the house.

The other side of the kitchen.

And to the right of the pantry is the door to the mudroom:

The mudroom, as seen from the kitchen.

In general, the mudroom is very similar to the tandem room except that it has wood paneling and an exit to the outside world.

The back door.

And this is what you see if you turn back around, looking toward the door to the kitchen… As you can see, the milkbox-turned-pantry juts out through the wall quite a bit.

The door to the kitchen.

Anyway, that about concludes this installment of the virtual house tour, complete with its ridiculously excessive number of photos — and I didn’t even get around to the basement or attic, so I’ll probably end up doing one more installment eventually.

But before any of that, there are already some notable house updates that have occurred since these photos were taken — we’ve been busy painting, having floors sanded, and adding modern appliances to the kitchen, not to mention filling up all these empty rooms with boxes and furniture. So stay tuned for some of those exciting updates to be posted soon!


  1. Wow, I think you really found a nicely laid out place! Here’s a couple of things to suggest: change the doors into each of the bedrooms to pocket doors, these were used in bungalow construction. Then the space that is now an entrance into the bedrooms could be enclosed and made into a closet for the back bedroom; put a sliding glass door onto the back of the tandem room, leading to an outside deck. Make the tandem room a sunroom with lots of plants. Bathroom is an easy fix, since all fixtures are white. Add color with paint and accessories. And I hope you can look into uncovering the stained glass windows. It does seem odd that the fireplace has no chimney, unless it was added during a remodeling of the house. A ventless fireplace insert would work, though.

    Sorry to go on a bit! But houses have been my passion since childhood! You have a gem!

  2. HaHa! Just realized that if you made a closet out of the bedroom entry area, you wouldn’t be able to get into the bathroom! Not such a good idea! Wel-l-l? Thinking! LOL

  3. I was thinking “sunroom” about the tandem room as well, since it has all those windows. That’d make a great craft room! And the chiffarobe could be moved into the bedroom for its closet, if it’s sturdy enough to keep. I assume it isn’t nailed in as it looks to actually be blocking one window. As for the “decorative” fireplace, Stephen’s parents’ place has exactly the same thing. He says it contains a gas heater “faux fire”, but no chimney or vent of any sort. I’d not be surprised to find yours was built that way, rather than remodeled. Neat little house though, and with a basement and attic, big enough to do for a few years, likely!

  4. I think your house is adorable and can’t wait to see the finished product… even though we homeowners know that a house is a project that never ever gets completed! Main thing is to have fun decorating it and making your house a home. Love the THREE of you!

  5. Wow, you two, it is BEAUTIFUL. I can’t wait to see how you’ve painted/decorated/made it your own!! I’m sure with your personal touches the house will just shine!!! I think I like the tandem room the best too, Sarah, although I’m anxious to see the attic. I’m partial to higher views (I’ve always envied birds, lol :D).

    Can’t wait to see more!! And really can’t wait to visit!! Love you two!!! ^_^

  6. Wow! It is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the floors and the kitchen! I agree with Grandmama Lyle about uncovering the stained glass windows, and I’m with Rachel. I can’t wait to see it in person! I know you will be happy there for many years to come! Love you all!

  7. Well Sarah I’m jealous! The place is just lovely, I’ve always loved older houses, they have such character it seems and one can almost feel the history. The consensus seems to be try to get the stained glass windows back, and I must agree with everyone else lol. That would make for such a beautiful wall. It will all depend of course on how the fireplace was built in, and what that sheetrock is needing to cover. It should be possible to put a vent in at least for gas logs in the fireplace, you may actually enjoy them more, because you , well, Joseph lol, won’t have to chop wood! You can even get them with a remote control ignition! Assuming of course you have gas already, is that a gas stove I see in the kitchen?
    Like Maureen says, a house is never really completed and it seems the more you do, the more you find that you WANT to do! The really great thing though is that it IS yours and you CAN do whatever you, or at least what your imagination and budget will allow lol. I’ll stop boring you with advice now :D. Prayers for your Mom of course, and much love and affection from my household to yours! Hope to see you soon.

  8. Your house is beautiful! Even though the fireplace doesn’t work, I’m especially in love with it. Such a pretty design (I have fireplace envy since ours is ugly red 70s brick). I also love your tandem room and mud room and would love one in our place.

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