For awhile now, I’ve wanted to write some blog posts about the house Mr. Wetzel and I bought in August 2010, and I’m finally ready to show off the hard work we put into this place. First, I wanted to give you a little tour of what the house looked like before we moved in. Here are the photos that were posted to the online listing (reproduced with the permission of the listing agent). The description of the property read as follows:
“Great Starter Home! This 3 bedroom 1 bath rambler with easy access to freeway has Pergo flooring throughout living and kitchen areas, wood stove for those chilly nights, AC for hot days and new vinyl energystar windows throughout home. Outside you’ll find; Mature landscaping with brick terracing, fully fenced backyard with fruit trees, garden area and covered back porch.”
Here is what our living room looked like. There were mis-matched furniture, few decorations (a bachelor lived there), and Mr. Wetzel’s “favorite” thing of all: the honkingly huge and atrocious 70s era bookcase/mantel against the fireplace wall.
(Without sarcasm this time) Mr. Wetzel’s favorite thing about the living room (and perhaps the entire house) was this wall, which was long enough for our bookcase and massive library.
The house is built with an open-concept design: the living room flows into the eating area which, in turn, flows in to the kitchen. This gave the 1050 square foot house a much roomier feel than other houses we had looked at that were comparable in size. This “lovely” picture of the eating area features some of my “favorite” (being sarcastic again) aspects of the house: a baseboard heater (that didn’t work), terrifically ugly wallpaper, and an old, ugly ceiling fan.
The first time I saw the house, as I turned the corner into the kitchen area, I fell in love with the big windows and massive amounts of light that poured in. Even though the cabinets were old and sticky and the appliances needed replacing, I didn’t mind. There was tons of counter space and the view was great.
Finally, we walked into the backyard, and I was swept away. This picture doesn’t do justice to the fact that the backyard is a gardener’s dream. We have an apple tree, a Rainier cherry tree, a strawberry patch, Concord grapevines, green grape vines, a mature rhubarb plant and a large, elevated garden plot. Holy cow! I was in love. This was the icing on the cake!
Not featured in the photos were the 1-car garage (including laundry area) which was packed to overflowing with handyman tools and work benches; the bathroom, which had old, dirty cabinets and a disgusting shower door; the bedrooms, which were simple white rooms with popcorn ceilings and heaps of messy clothes strewn about the floor. Enough to scare away the casual homebuyer, but not us! We knew it was our diamond in the ruff!
Photos of our living room and bedroom, after updates, are coming soon!