Writing & Renovating, Part 1

Ron & I bought my dream house. His nightmare house. But my dream house. We recently moved to PA and decided to buy a home in the historic area in Easton. A large stone facade colonial caught our eye. Upon our first walk-through, we made the horrendous mistake of walking in through the kitchen. Dated doesn’t really begin to cover it, but we shall start there. Dated. Laundry room smack dab in the kitchen. Galley style with an island and header that made this could be open room into a tight, dark, cave.

Once we moved farther in, the dining room, foyer, and huge living room sold me. As in right away. So, we’ve been living in the house for a couple of months now and ready to start renovating it. Now, don’t go getting excited about this being a cool do-it-yourself thing. The house is over 100 years old. There are major renovations to be made. But here I will chronicle the journey. Below is the list of stuff we are planning to do. It will change and get updated as projects get started and finished.

Also, I’ll post pictures here so you can see the journey as it happens. I’ll also add the pictures to a board on Pinterest if you’d like to follow there as well!

First steps:

Add a laundry room that isn’t in the middle of the kitchen.

Replace the over 40-year-old boiler and water heater that may not survive another Northern winter.

Remove the wallpaper in E & A’s bedrooms and paint whatever colors they choose.

Landscaping overhaul in the backyard and trim back in the front yard.

Reconfigure the entryway into the basement so we can put our extra refrigerator and deep freezer by removing first floor half bath.

Build a tool bench in the workshop in the basement.

Storage room in the basement.

Reclaim the garage for parking actual cars and not boxes.

Finish adding the railing to the front porch steps.

Next projects:

Redo the third-floor full bathroom and add custom cabinetry and counter area to the landing for linens and storage.

Rip out laminate flooring in A’s bedroom and put down hardwood to match the rest of the house.

Finish the unfinished area in her extra closet with painted beadboard and shelving and closet rack.

Refinish the doors leading to the back patio.

Convert the fireplace to gas.

Add a built-in gas grill on the patio.

Refinish the front door and the trim surrounding it.

Move the mail slot into the front door.

Find an antique door knocker and install on the front door where the original was removed years ago.

Big projects to come:

New entryway into the kitchen from the dining room as a part of the kitchen remodel.

Complete kitchen Remodel.

Add new half bath on the first floor where original entry to basement and back stairway originally were.

Add a retrofit AC to the house.

Renovate the second-floor guest bathroom.

Renovate the master bathroom.

Complete the basement kitchen with appliances currently in the kitchen.

Make basement half bath into a full bath.

Renovate the basement to include space for game room/bonus room for the kids.

Pipe Dream Projects:

Add a second story to garage and exterior entrance for loft office space.

Add a second story ( possibly covered) patio off the master bedroom .

Finish the unfished area of the third floor to include a window bank and closet creating a sixth bedroom.

Photo Gallery:

Our very old new house!

Our very old new house!

Laundry Room Demolition and Build:

Before shot of the back stairway and basement entry in the kitchen.

Before shot of the back stairway and basement entry in the kitchen.

Second floor landing before laundry room creation.

Second floor landing before laundry room creation.

Back stairway from kitchen to second floor complete with chair lift, dated carpeting, and handrail for accessibility. Soon to be laundry room and half bath!

Back stairway from kitchen to second floor complete with chair lift, dated carpeting, and handrail for accessibility. Soon to be laundry room and half bath!

Chair lift gone and almost forgotten.

Chair lift gone and almost forgotten.

Getting ready for demolition.

Getting ready for demolition.

Who needs walls?

Who needs walls?

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