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 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 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.
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.
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:
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:
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 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:
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 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:
And this is the view looking back out towards the hallway and other 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 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:
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 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 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.
And to the right of the pantry is the door to the mudroom:
In general, the mudroom is very similar to the tandem room except that it has wood paneling and an exit to the outside world.
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.
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!