First Floor Tour

We are officially moved in here at the farm, although we are still sorting through things and trying to figure out where their new home will be. At this point I’m thinking Goodwill is a good home for most of it. Do we really need dishes that haven’t seen the light of day in five years? Does my husband really need every t-shirt he’s ever owned….ever? The answer is no, but yet, there they sit in totes spread across each room of this house or stuffed in the closets.

This house is quite a bit larger than our last house and we gained some good closet space. But we lost a somewhat finished basement that we really used for most of our storage at the old house. We have a dirt floor basement here and I’ve only been down there once. I have no plans to go down there again. It reminds me of something out of a horror movie and I just know there are spiders down there waiting to attack me the first chance they get.

I took some before pics of the first floor so you can get an idea of the floor plan. I will get to the second floor soon. The house has been well taken care of, it just needs some freshening up and a little TLC.


photo 4-001 The laundry room is the very first room to the left off the entry way. (sorry for the blurry pic, I had to use my phone for some of these pics) There is a large coat closet in there too.  I’m not super thrilled that the laundry room is the first room you see when you walk in, but I do love having a separate laundry room. I had to do laundry in the basement of our last house and it was really inconvenient at times. It’s nice to have the laundry on the main floor for a change.

photo 5-001Our main bathroom is also right off the entry way. You can’t see the shower in this pic, but it is to the right immediately inside the door. As you can see there is carpet on the floor….We’re going to have to change that asap.

photo 4 (1)Here is the kitchen, which is off the entry way to the right. It’s quite large, much larger than any kitchen I’ve ever had. There is a lot of cabinet space that we are filling up quickly. It’s crazy how fast “extra” space becomes necessary space.

photo 3-006 photo 2-005Don’t mind the adorable baby and dog in this picture of the living room. There is a lot of brown, including our furniture. The door behind the baby swing is the “back” door, even though it leads out to the side of the house. We don’t really use it yet, but someday I’d like to because it leads out to our only porch that is large enough to fit a table and chairs.

247Don’t mind the obscene mess in here. Obviously this is the stairwell and as you can see it has become a catchall of things that may or may not end up upstairs, or in a closet, or the garage….or the trash. This also used to be the main entrance of the house. Brian said there used to be a porch on the front of the house that wrapped around to the porch on the side of the house where the living room is. This porch eventually fell away over the years, so the front door was moved to the other side of the house where the newer addition is. I’m a little sad this isn’t the main entrance anymore, it is much grander than the other and that closet under the stairs would make a great coat closet.


This is what we refer to as the red room for obvious reasons.  We aren’t entirely sure what to do with this room. We thought about making it the main living room, but we like that the other living room is right off the kitchen. This room will most likely become our home gym/playroom for now.

236This room butts-up to the red room  and is also the room at the end of the entry way. We are currently using it as an office. We thought about using this as a dining room, but ultimately we decided an office would be a better use of space for us since we use it often. This room needs a lot of work to make as functional as possible. I’d like it to be more of a two person office that Brian and I can share more efficiently. The space is nice, but the large doorway and second doorway make it a little tricky to layout the furniture.

So that’s the first floor! Lots of work to do, I know. My brain is pretty much busting at the seams with ideas that I would love to try. I want the house to feel fresh and updated, but also keep the charm of the original farmhouse. It has some nice details like pocket doors, original trim, and did I mention the closets are fantastic? Here’s a few pics.

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4 thoughts on “First Floor Tour

  1. I love that house! The red room used to be the play room. I remember playing with Michelle & Brian in there! I loved playing with Brian’s micro machines! He had a ton!!

    Good luck in the renovations!!


  2. Thanks Jenn! It’s a great house, we are having fun dreaming up design ideas! I think we are going to make the red room a playroom too, I love that I can close those pocket doors and hide any mess Hollis makes!


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