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Monday, January 31, 2011

the 1970's called. they want their linoleum back.

48 hours in bed.  Sick with the abridged version of the flu.  That is how my husband and I spent the weekend.  There was no time for yoga nor the required teacher training.  No time to do laundry, wash dishes or run errands. There was only time to roll over in bed, grunt and roll back the other way. 

Naturally we started feeling better only as the weekend was coming to a close.  We did not waste another moment though. We took advantage of what little daylight hours we had and made one more pitstop in the home that has been littering our minds with fleeting thoughts of unadulterated renovations....you dirty, dirty house, you! 




We can all clearly see that along with buying a fixer upper I will also need to buy a 4 Wheel Drive as it's not clear that a plow has seen these streets.  While there, we actually saw a truck get stuck in the side of the road.  At least I'll have plenty of reasons why I can't go to work when it snows.  Who can argue with you if your roads aren't plowed in the dirty south?



a snowy day in the neighborhood




So let's chat about the house shall we.  It is odd that it has no driveway yet has a garage with an automatic door opener.  I suppose we could lay down a driveway.  Before we tackle that though, we'll have to insulate the attic and fix the buckled roof shingles.  The we can move onto inspecting the siding which looks like this....





hello? is that you mesothelioma??


sneaky little asbestos creeping on the side of the dormer....i found you!!

While we pray that it isn't asbestos siding and doesn't need to be removed at this very moment before we all have mesothelioma.  If it doesn't well than we can patch, powerwash and paint with the best of them.
Once we've finished powerwashing and painting we can get busy replacing the windows. I think I may have counted 17 that need replacing....


We can move inside now to continue the party if you wish.  I think the best room in the house and the easiest to fix up is the dining area.  Alot of wallpaper perhaps but we've noticed that it's already peeling.  It must have gotten advanced notice that it was coming down.




Beyond the dining room you will find the well appointed kitchen with wood paneling, wall paper, linoleum flooring and a linoleum counter too! 







please note the complimentary plaid wallpapers in the kitchen and superfab counters.

guest bathroom.  complete with linoleum and wallpaper!!
Moving into the living room we have a wall of knotty pine built-ins and paneling that run through half the room.  Oh and more wall paper!!



Upstairs we have one well appointed master bath and three bedroom suites....






more linoleum


tiled in toothbrush and soap holders!

creepy closets and tiny windows



lots of floral

just a few minor leaks
my favorite wallpaper in the house!
looking out over the yard from the bath standing on linoleum

a yard for this little guy

So there is an abridged version of the house tour via the abridged version of the flu.  Despite it's broken windows, poor insulation, grass driveway, linoleum floors and floral wallpaper everywhere....we actually love it.  We are now in hot discussions about whether to put an offer in. The house is way overpriced for the condition it is in and the amount of work that needs to be done.  The mortgage approval is in so now we must decide if we want to gamble.....

2 comments:

Natalie said...

There is some serious water damage on the ceiling in the diningroom. Or at least it looks that way in your picture.

suburban housewife said...

Only the illusion of water damage. It's actually where someone decided to stop painting the ceiling....because that always happens.