When I spotted this old red-brick house in the real estate listings, described as “a diamond in the rough,” I knew it would be perfect for one of our “Five Changes” challenges. If you’ve never played before, it’s simple. Take a look around this house and then tell us: What 5 changes would you make?
I limit it to 5, even though it clearly would need more than that, because it’s an exercise in deciding which changes would make the biggest difference. I always enjoy reading your ideas. I have some really talented and creative readers out there!
The house is in a very nice neighborhood of beautiful older homes, which is why they’re able to ask $399,000 for it. It was built in 1905 and it’s pretty big–it has 7 bedrooms and 4 baths. It needs a lot of love. And paint. And, well, you’ll see.
Here’s the dining room, looking into the “breakfast room:”
The staircase and window are dramatic. Too bad about all that wallpaper someone’s going to have to peel off someday. I wouldn’t want to be the one on the ladder.
One of the four bathrooms:
Two of the seven bedrooms:
You can see the listing for more information about the house here.
There are no photos of the kitchen at all, which is never a good sign. Still, my imagination is churning with the possibilities for this house. What do you think? If you could make 5 changes to this house, what would they be?
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