Save This Old House: Choose the 5 Changes It Needs

by hookedonhouses on August 24, 2009

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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?

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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!

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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.

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Here’s the dining room, looking into the “breakfast room:”

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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.

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One of the four bathrooms:

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Two of the seven bedrooms:

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You can see the listing for more information about the house here.

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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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Mary August 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm

This is a really great one! I especially love the curving windows in the staircase landing. Gorgeous!

1. Remove all of that wallpaper. Bring in the pros for the stairwell.
2. Paint all of the walls – especially that dark turquoise room. Did you say that it’s the breakfast room? Surely you jest!
3. Strip the paint off of most of the trim – especially in the living room and along the stairs. I bet the wood underneath that paint is gorgeous!
4. I agree that the kitchen is bound to be frightening. It probably needs gutting, but I’d try to hold onto some of the original details if at all possible. Fingers crossed that it has an amazing old sink.
5. The landscaping seems odd – almost as if there’s a flower bed in the middle of the driveway (?!). I’d definitely put in a new drive (pavers, brick, or cobblestone). Then some new shrubbery & other plants (Wouldn’t some potted topiaries look fabulous on either side of the frond door?). I’d replace that pipe handrail with some pretty wrought iron. And I’d paint the garage. And put in a new garage door that matches the period of the house better. And it’s ridiculous that I have lumped all of the outdoor jobs together as one job, but seeing as we’re just dreaming anyway … :D

A.Marie August 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm

It’s a nice spacious home and has a lot of potential. Starting from the outside, I would do something to make the brick on the house and the foundation blend better. I would do landscaping. That big plate glass in the front door looks odd to me for that type of door. I would add stain glass windows there. Of course I would remove the wallpaper and paint. I would restore the fireplaces. Is that a mirror on the fireplace in the bedroom?

I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks. This is the first time I have commented, and I just want to say how much I enjoy coming here to look at the houses.
.-= A.Marie´s last blog ..Still Life with Blue =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now August 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Holy moley! That house has some character, but the 80s called and they want their wall paper back. ;)

1. RIP OFF wallpaper
2. Tone the paint down
3. Gut the bath
4. Paint outside of front door and new light fixture
5. Remove awful carpeting on stairs

I am in love with this home!!!
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Look Out, Hans Christian Anderson =-.

Cindy August 24, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Where is it? I want it because it is so fabulous!
1. Yes, definitely begin the extensive wallpaper removal plan, patch and paint.
2. My theme for my new house would be a little ” Touch of Dutch”, therefore, lace curtains in every window, even those at the front door, but not the stairway.
3. I would splurge on antigue Delft tiles to replace those on the fireplaces.
4. Find out if the fireplace in the purple bedroom is functional. If not, I would hire a trompe l’oeil artist to make it look like a firebox with logs. (Magazine idea)
5. At least paint all the trimwork the same color white throughout the house, then start extensive paint stripping plan someday.
Since I decided I could have 5 indoors and 1 outdoor fix-up TULIPS, thousands of them.
Yeah, I’m loving my new house!

Mom in High Heels August 25, 2009 at 1:01 am

OMG, I love it! It’s got so much character and charm. The detailing in the eeges of the flooring is fantastic. Here are my 5 (though after looking at the listing, I can see there are many, many more I would do):

1. REMOVE THE WALLPAPER (sorry, did I yell?) and repaint the rooms in heritage colors.
2. Paint all the doors and trim the same color. The doors not matching really bothers me.
3. Gut all 4bathrooms (they are awful).
4. Figure out a way to relocate the living room (I’m sure there’s another room that can be used for a LR) and make that an actual entry way. I hate houses without entries. And what a grand entry I could make of that!
5. Remove all the flooring that isn’t original to the house (I’m looking at you breakfast room) and replace it with hardwood (if there isn’t original wood beneath it).

Bonus! Because I’m me, and I don’t like limiting myself, I’m going to throw in a number 6 for the outside:
6. CURB APPEAL! (Again with the shouting). Plants, plants and more plants.
.-= Mom in High Heels´s last blog ..Dear So and So 8: I’ve run out of cool titles =-.

Susan August 25, 2009 at 1:38 am

Where does one start?

1. Let’s start with removing ALL of the wallpaper throughout the house, it screams 80′s!
2. I would love to get my hands on the entry way by installing new hand posts, add a bench and replace the lighting fixture. .
3. Would details throughout the home need to be unified, I would seriously think about putting a darker stain on all of the floors.
4. The paint colors on the walls and stair way posts need to be unified.
5. Fireplace tiles need to be replaced with something that is more in keeping with the age of the home.
6. OOPS….one more, update all of the fixtures in the bathroom.

I guess I could go on and on, I would love to have he job of redoing and redesigning a treasure of a home like this one.

Dagny @ Beautiful Living August 25, 2009 at 2:23 am

1. Paint all the rooms
2. Change the wallpaper or paint the wallpaper in the bathroom. It can actually look pretty good without that hideous wallpaper!
3. Paint all the doors white
4. Paint the entrance door in a high gloss black
5. Fix the yard / garden

I have to say, what an amazing house! The flooring in the living room is to die for. I think I want it :) Maybe we should relocate from Norway to Ohio?
.-= Dagny @ Beautiful Living´s last blog ..My credenza featured in Norwegian Interior Design Magazine! / Sjenken min er i Boligpluss! =-.

Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good) August 25, 2009 at 7:40 am

There seems to be a recurring theme here – and it falls in with my plans:)

1) Remove anything that remotely resembles wallpaper
2) Hardwood floors throughout every room except bathrooms
3)Repaint – pastel colors throughout
4) Do whatever needs to be done to the kitchen
5) Paint all the woodwork (including all the doors) white except the front door which I’d stain to a darker brown.

I love that house!
.-= Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good)´s last blog ..IT TURNS OUT, I DO HAVE A BIOLOGICAL CLOCK =-.

Kristin August 25, 2009 at 8:18 am

Oh I love this game.
1. Paint the garage and trim paint in a nice complimenting neutral and stain the front door darker.
2. Add some landscaping
3. Work with the wallpaper by repainting all the trim. Yeah right. Didn’t want to state the obvious, the paper must come down. That is some bad stuff.
4. Repaint including the trim and doors.
5. In the front room add a mirror to the other side of the fireplace ( where there isn’t a window) and build in both the rad cover on the opposite side and so a built in under the mirror to add symetry

Annie August 25, 2009 at 8:32 am

WOW! What a gorgeous house! There is so much it needs. But my 5 big things.

1. Strip all the paint from the woodwork and stain it a nice dark color.
2. Remove and replace the wallpaper with paint or even a different wall paper.
3. The breakfast room… um wood flooring and new paint.
4. Replace all the light fixtures with ones appropriate to the house in terms of size and character.
5. Repaint all bedrooms. The purple is bad and the white with blue trim… there are so many better ways to do that.

I would be very afraid of how much the kitchen would need. I can only hope that they didn’t put in a drop ceiling and that it still has some salvageable character.
.-= Annie´s last blog .. =-.

Mike August 25, 2009 at 8:52 am

Hmmm….

1) The obvious all seem to concur with: remove all wallpaper.
2) Paint the rooms
3) Update the bathroom fixtures but leave that magnificent original tile where possible.
4) Get that carpet runner off the stairs and refinish the steps as necessary
5) Clean up the landscaping and repair the front steps (I consider this one change lol)

This house really isn’t bad given some of the other “5 Changes” houses that have been featured. The detailed woodwork is amazing and this place just oozes character and warmth. Or it would, without all that wallpaper. ;-)

Trish@TheOldPostRoad August 25, 2009 at 8:57 am

1. Landscape -especially around the stoop where some evergreen bushes are needed.
2. Strip all wallpaper or paint over it.
3. Paint, paint, and more paint -get rid of the yellowy-beige and go for white.
4. I love the original bathroom – the hexagonal tile floor and subway tile walls are great – as well as the cute sink. It would be a shame to update the bath to a ’2009′ look, only to have it look dated in 5 years (like the striped 1985 wallpaper). A nicer faucet for the shower and white paint for the doors/trim – removing the gaudy wallpaper, of course.
5. I would stain the front doors a little darker, and repaint the wood on the porch and rest of the house (trim) with “better” colors – like maybe go towards a pale olive green with dark gray accents – even the window sashes. The columns are a ‘bad’ color, right now.

-I would save the wooden panel pocket doors from any paint.

When can I move in?

Stefanie August 25, 2009 at 9:56 am

1) Hello Wall Paper! What work someone is going to have to do
2) Paint
3) Was that a mirror in the fireplace? If so must go!
4) Update the runner and add some stair rods. (that stair case has A LOT of potential)
5) lordy that bathroom needs some TLC, the tile could probably stay the rest has got to go!
.-= Stefanie´s last blog ..Late nights =-.

Liz August 25, 2009 at 10:27 am

I’ve noticed that everyone is so against wallpaper. Wallpaper is very ‘in’ for the period of time that it was built. So if you’re talking restoration, don’t rule out wallpaper, entirely. However, I think that the wallpaper in the house should be replaced with a more appropriate to the period wallpaper. I would consider stripping the paint on the woodwork and see what is under it. I would repaint the outside of the house a more neutral color, put cut leaded glass in the front door,relandscaping, and replace some of those exterior windows in the front. They almost look like they’re aluminum (ugh!).

hookedonhouses August 25, 2009 at 10:34 am

I’m loving all of your ideas for this house! Kristin is the only one who has mentioned it so far, but doesn’t it look like there used to be a window on the other side of the fireplace in the front room that has been covered up or something? If there wasn’t, I think there should be one. Part of my (fantasy) budget is going toward a new window! -Julia :-)

Lisa Itatani August 25, 2009 at 11:07 am

1) Remove all the wallpaper and return all the wood paneling and trim back to a natural look.
2) Repair the wood floors
3) Remodel the front proch area, something more in scale to the house shape and redo the landscaping.
4) Replace some of the doors so they match the scale of the house
5) Gut the bathroom

Rick August 25, 2009 at 11:08 am

I think on the listing the front entry (with the stairs) is large and not the living room. The living room is listed as 15×18 and is to right as you enter front door. The listing Photos show what they call a study. Bedroom #2 is 15×18 also and has same window/bay/fireplace layout which makes me think they are above/below each other.
I think the diningroom is off the livingroom/study and breakfast room beyond that. That leaves the Kitchen beyond the stairs, which alows for stairs to the basement to be off the kitchen. That is usually the way rooms were laid out for this time period.
My changes.
1. Remove paper and repaint/repaper all rooms in house appropriate manner.
2. Remove and refinish woodwork if wood is attractive or if not repaint. Main level could stain upper paint.
3. Refinish Kitchen as needed…
4. Update radiators to low profile ones that hug baseboards and not take up so much space.
5. Outside needs curb appeal repaint trim/garage and plantings (counts as one)
* New lighting and better bath fixtures, can wait a short while.

The location is near a college and a Park and already has sprinkler system would make great B&B with lower level also available for puplic funtions. Opportunity Knocks.

rick

Liz August 25, 2009 at 11:11 am

Julia,

You are so right about that window in the front room. A window on the other side would make the room more balanced and let in more light.

Morning T August 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

I would start with the basics:
1. Remove wallpaper and paint walls a neutral color or white
2. Remove stair runner and replace with seagrass
3. Repaint all rooms neutral colors or white
4. Replace brass light fixtures
5. Remove all window coverings and replace with bamboo blinds or plantation shutters

The house is fabulous with so much potential. Fun post!
.-= Morning T´s last blog ..A big sigh of relief… =-.

Jen @ After The Alter August 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm

That house would be perfect for the right person! I think it’s beautiful and has such charm and character! I am not much of a house fixer but I do love my HGTV!

I have no idea about 5 things but I do know that wall paper needs to be removed!!! Someone really could make that house beautiful! I wish we could see the after pics!
.-= Jen @ After The Alter´s last blog ..Wifey 101: Ask And Ye Shall Receive =-.

Carmen August 25, 2009 at 1:09 pm

1. Remove ALL wallpaper (seriously I wonder how in the world they even got the wallpaper up in the first place on the staircase)
2. Replace flooring in breakfast nook
3. Gut entire flowered bathroom, replacing all fixtures and floor
4. Paint ALL walls
5. Re-do landscaping

Even with all of the ugliness, this really is a beautiful house. I would love to live in it!
.-= Carmen´s last blog ..Today … Around the House =-.

Tracy August 25, 2009 at 1:16 pm

This one really has potential! And these are only the FIRST five things I’d do:
1. Paint the front door a glossy color. Black maybe? I’d have to consult a colorist.
2. Do something about those sad little columns. Again, an expert opinion would be required.
3. Remove every shred of wallpaper.
4. Paint the walls fresher, cleaner colors (I don’t mind the cream in the liv rm so maybe spread some of that around)
5. If I only get one more, it’s going to be hard to decide whether to reface the liv rm fireplace with better tile or paint those double pocket doors (and any other currently unpainted doors) to match the trim and other painted doors. Like, I said, there’s no way I’d stop at five anyway! And, yes, there should be another window to the right of the fireplace, and, while we’re at this, lets get rid of all the radiators and install some forced air. (You never mentioned a budget!)
.-= Tracy´s last blog ..Comfort and Luxury Bedroom Style =-.

Autumn August 25, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I’d love to have a chance at this house in our city but $400,000 barely covers a 2 bedroom condo! Such great character and lovely windows.
I’m echoing many suggestions here, but I would definitely:
1) Tear down wallpaper and repain rooms in soft colors that relate to each other throughout the house.
2) Repaint the outside detailing…reading up about what was appropriate for the time to give it some historic character.
3) Refinish all woodwork (those lovely floors!)
4) Fix up all the fireplaces–to have more than one is a dream for me.
5) Update appliances and heating/cooling.

Probably all really practical but the house doesn’t seem so bad–the shape of it is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. :)
.-= Autumn´s last blog ..Land of magic =-.

Jodi from New Jersey August 25, 2009 at 2:29 pm

OK here goes. I’ll pretend money is kind of no object. Number one: Of course take down all wallpaper and dream up a tight, nature inspired color palette. Maybe greens and browns and creamy creams with pops of terra cotta. Number two: Replace front railings and beef up and paint front columns. Number three: Plant an English type of perennial garden on all sides, especially up the driveway and replace the puny hanging light on porch. Number four: Place a bench or loveseat inside on that landing with the awesome window with a gorgeous botanical fabric that makes you say ahhhhhh Ilove that fabric!!! (after removing the runner, of course).Number five : go furniture shopping! We need more than five changes Julia……………………………… Thanks again for the fun……………….Jodi

bungalowbliss August 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Ooh, could I work some magic on this place. Those floors are simply gorgeous. And that stairwell!

Like everyone else, #1 would be to remove every square inch of wallpaper in the place. That’s a BIG #1.

#2: Landscaping

#3: Strip banister and front door/sidelights. Eh, might as well do all the trim to get the full historic effect. After stripping all the paper, the paint stripping might not seem so bad.

#4. Paint the rooms colors from a warm, historic palette.

#5. Repaint the exterior trim in a darker color to complement the brick–use the same for the garage.
.-= bungalowbliss´s last blog ..Late-Summer Diversions =-.

sondra August 25, 2009 at 5:40 pm

1. Remove wallpaper ( I think everyone said this one.)

2. High pressure wash the outside of the house.

3. Fix the steps.

4. Paint the front door and all the inside trim and doors white and the walls a beige color.

5. Add some landscaping to front area.

Looking at the outside alone, I would not even want to go inside. It is a beautiful house and could look wonderful with a little work.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints August 25, 2009 at 7:40 pm

On the exterior I would change out the lighting, repair the porch steps and repaint.

On the interior I would get rid of all the wall paper and put some gorgeous vintage lighting in. So pretty…love the floors and all the woodwork…wow!!
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..Purple Cow =-.

Pat Smith August 25, 2009 at 9:25 pm

1 Walls-strip and paint
2 Wood-strip and refinish
3 Kitchen-gut
4 Baths-gut
5 Curb appeal-paint and plant

Love the house, what’s with the fire escape? (See listing pictures.) Bet they rented top (sprinklers?) and bottom to students. I think Rick is right about the floor plan. And it needs that other window for balance.
.-= Pat Smith´s last blog ..Blueberry Pie =-.

Stephanie@Geezees August 25, 2009 at 10:43 pm

i love the home, but people usually dont want to have to steam off wall paper after they buy a new home (trust me, cause i am still doing it at my new house-no fun!)so…
1.wallpaper…has to go..shocker! lol
2. radiator covers need updating
3. some landscaping to warm it up a bit for curb appeal
4. kitchen needs help
5. bathrooms need to be redone

BUT, I think it is a beautiful home! I love love love old houses
.-= Stephanie@Geezees´s last blog ..Geezees Celebrates 1 year with a Canvas Giveaway ! =-.

Holley August 26, 2009 at 6:10 am

1. I would tear down the garage and build a new one that matches the house–brick with wide curved archways for the doors.
2.remove paint from trim.
3.remove all wallpaper and paint.
4.plant flowers to add some color to the yard.
6.Change the sink and tub to something a little more interesting.
.-= Holley´s last blog ..Yes we accept-no we don’t-yes we do. =-.

aubrey August 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

What I want to know is who was the idiot who got on a ladder to PUT UP that wallpaper? That’s like two wrongs in one scenario. My five things to do right away:
Take off wallpaper, or ahem, HIRE someone to do it.
Paint.
Tear down all window treatments.
Hire the Nester for new ones.
Go outside and try not to think about the inside.
.-= aubrey´s last blog ..Win Some Boxes–It’s better than it sounds. =-.

Sara@TheCincyLife August 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm

So glad you use Sibcy’s website :) since you know it’s the best. Anywho, I’ve actually been in this house. It was a while ago but from what I remember, the potential is amazing. Super high ceilings, great woodwork and a pretty nice layout. Thought you might be interesed to know this used to be a group home. So things are a little choppy right now- part of my budget would include taking down a few walls & riping up the excessive parking lot in back to add some green space. And, of course, the wall paper has to come down. Hope somebody comes along to make this old house grand again!
.-= Sara@TheCincyLife´s last blog ..Walkable Neighborhoods Sell for More =-.

Laura @ the shore house August 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm

1. Remove
2. all
3. wallpaper.

:-) The rest is all DIY gravy, to me at least. But I like old and beat up! I love the pocket doors, the piano (!), the bathroom fixtures…I really do! So I guess if I need a 4 and 5 it would be:

4. Paint every single room, every single wall.
5. Total kitchen reno. ‘Sause you know it needs it if it’s not in the pictures. :-)
.-= Laura @ the shore house´s last blog ..Sunflowers. Everywhere. =-.

House Obsession August 26, 2009 at 8:01 pm

1. Remove SOME of the wallpaper, in particular the horrible stuff in the bathroom. The stairwell wallpaper for some reason doesn’t bother me. It’s dramatic and a little crazy. I like that.
2. Paint all the rooms, especially that purple one. Whoa!
3. Flowers. Flowerboxes. Potted plants. This place needs some livening up.
4. Take a sledgehammer to the turquoise room with brown linoleum. I’d kill that room real hard.
5. Remove the mirror from the fireplace. Weird.
.-= House Obsession´s last blog ..Long overdue photos of the Ohio State Fair 2009 =-.

Sue August 26, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Before deciding the 5 things that needed to be changed my first stop would be the drugstore for some Dramamin to take when viewing that wallpapered staircase…
.-= Sue´s last blog ..DEATH OF A TABLESCAPE……..And One Dead Chicken. =-.

sfvrealestate August 27, 2009 at 11:55 am

1. landscape, 2. paint, 3. paint, 4. paint, 5. paint.
.-= sfvrealestate´s last blog ..Home inventory drops as sales rise, as if we didn’t know =-.

Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick August 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Wow, that is a gorgeous house — just the kind I’d love to get my hands on! The molding is fantastic and that staircase???? Without the wallpaper it would be AMAZING.

Nadia September 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm

1.Remove wall paper
2. Replace lighting with period correct lighting
3.Strip all woodwork on main floor
4. Bay windows ,add cafe shutters
5. Restore all fireplace(s) to woking condtion

Lisa November 15, 2009 at 10:27 am

1. wallpaper
2. wallpaper
3. wallpaper
4. paint
5. paint

I could not even imagine the amount of time it would take to strip the walls. Who knows whats under all that wallpaper. If I’m not mistaken the floral wallpaper in the dining room is the same wall paper in the Home Alone house. Clearly the house was redecorated in the 80′s. Wallpaper or not the staircase is AMAZING!!!!

Lisa November 15, 2009 at 10:38 am

O.k. I was mistaken. I went back to the Home Alone house pics and couldn’t find the wallpaper. Oops. But that wallpaper looks so familar to me I know I’ve seen it somewhere.

Beck February 16, 2010 at 5:23 am

1. repair broken or cracked cement, stones and or bricks on stoop, etc.
2. make the floor all streamlined hardwood floor with heater.
3. repainting obviously
4. window treatments
5. landscaping

Beck February 16, 2010 at 5:26 am

I actually really like the wallpaper in the piano room…….”well?!?”

Rachael February 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

ok, just have to ask.. what is w/ people & the ugly wallpaper?! My mom is an ‘ugly wallpaper’ person, her house is filled w/ it! lol Every time she puts up a new ugly pattern.. I wonder… ‘how are we related?’ lol

colleen February 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm

1. Reepair front steps
2. Do some foundation plantings.
3. Get rid of pink paint on the columns.
4. Paint outside dooe black or dar charcoal.
5. remove all wallpaper and paint everything one soft neutral throughout.
.-= colleen´s last blog ..BEAUTIFUL WINDOW IDEAS!! =-.

Joe April 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Before I got started improving the estetics, I would check the foundation, roof, electrical, and plumbing. If these are in sound shape I would:
1. Fix the exterior stonework. Entrance stairway in particular.
2. Select a better color scheme for the exterior that includes the doors and window trim. A color scheme that reflects the era the house was built in. Paint or remove paint accordingly.
3. Remove all interior wall paper.
4. Select a better color scheme for the interior that includes the doors and window trim. A color scheme that reflects the era the house was built in. Paint or remove paint accordingly.
5. Remove or replace doors that don’t complement room and house design.
6. Return the kitchen and bath to the look of its era, but add modern conveniences.
7. Add attractive ceiling lights with medallions.
8. Remove bushes on island next to driveway and plant grass.

Linda July 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I don’t think that the columns on the porch are original. They seem too thin and delicate. I think it is really important to take them back to the original.

Maxine September 25, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I start with removing the wall paper ; then uperstate the bathroom then the yard .the frontportand then alot

Maxine September 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm

alot of work on the kitchen

Parisii April 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hello from Paris (France)! Your site is very interesting!
What I would probably do is :

1. Join dining room + breakfast room to make one big dining room.
2. Remove or change radiator covers.
3. Re-open fierplaces .
4. Remove painting on woodworks to obtain “natural” woodcolor (unified on staircase and doors including beautiful arched doors).
5. Re-introduce beautiful (artful) stain glasses on front door + windows.

Parisii April 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

Hello from Paris (France)! Your site is very interesting!
What I would probably do is :

1. Join dining room + breakfast room to make one big dining room.
2. Remove or change radiator covers.
3. Re-open fierplaces .
4. Remove painting on woodworks to obtain “natural” woodcolor (unified on staircase and doors including beautiful arched doors).
5. Re-introduce beautiful (artful) stain glasses on front door + windows.

For me the bathroom is a piece of history , elements shoul be preserved!

Parisii April 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

Sorry for having written twice here (I’m not used to it) and also if I make English langage errors…

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