Saturday, September 12, 2009

Garden Drive

It's all about the story, and those things with the best stories usually come with at least a little bit of character...

My sister Lisa and her husband Christian recently bought their first house. Yay! This particular house came with much more than it's fair share of character.

Let's start in the front yard. If you're really into weeds, this is the yard for you.

And if weeds don't float your boat, how about bushes that overtake the driveway?

Ok, ok, I know that weeds and overgrown bushes aren't really a sign of character. How about handprints on the fence?

Is that red paint? or maybe...

And venturing inside, we come upon the living room. Half tile, half carpet, with lovely red and yellow paint

to compliment the authentic Chinese characters adorning the window treatments.

The hallway first brings a view of this door: any guess what room is behind it?

And the winner is...

Did you guess right?

The bathroom looks an awful lot like a bathroom, but don't overlook those small touches that give it a homey feel.

There are two bedrooms: the black and blue bedroom that belongs to Dalton,

and the black and brown (yes, brown) bedroom that belongs to Lisa and Christian.

I don't know that black and brown would have been my first choice, but the colors to compliment the linoleum nicely.

If you look closely, you can see the quality paint job that is characteristic of the previous owners.

Moving on, we see the kitchen

and if you turn around quickly without blinking, you'll see the dining room.

Continue walking past the cork wall,

and you'll enter the family room, complete with family

and its own walk-in closet.

It's always nice to have your own laundry room.

And who doesn't want that extra... ... I believe the current intention is to use this room as a shop/storage room.

In case you're in there and you get lonely, just look up and you'll find a friend.

And if you need a shower but the bathroom is just too far away, grab the curtain from the window

and head out through the sliding glass doors. You're all set to take a shower!

While you're there, take a moment to soak in all the grandeur that is the backyard.

There's the deck,

the shed,

the permanently locked brick something building,

the irrigation ditch,

the sprinkler control box,

and the traffic cone, just in case.

And if you get hungry, take your pick:

Now, I know that I've poked fun a bit at the house and all its character, but I am excited that Lisa and Christian found a fun house to fix up and make their own. While it's not the most appealing at first blush, it definitely has a lot of potential. I'm excited for the follow-up post when I can show how they've redone everything.

I think Dalton is excited, too.


Molly said...

SOmetimes I just can't get past what previous owners were possibly thinking when they painted a house. My rental currently has a 2 baby blue walls in my living room (the other two are banana yellow) if you turn your head you can see the fire engine red ktchen which looks adorable next to the white/mint green back splash. Our room is poop brown with aqua walls. nixons room isnt that bad, its a pretty green but its too much green. Everywhere I look I want to throw up. we are painting it white. I think when you have kids and long days color is okay, but you need stuff to wind down to not over-stimulate your over-cooked brain.

Jared and Delia said...

That is some crazy house! But they probably made a great deal on that. I bet there are some goodies to be had in that locked storage shed! Every picture I saw so much potential...they sure have a lot of work ahead of them.

Fun story.

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Liz, Karl and Madison said...

You always make me laugh Laura. It does look like a LOT of work. I hope they got it for a really good deal because I'm sure they will be putting a lot of money into it.

JeriLynn said...

This is a great post! I'm so glad you took all those pictures. What a fun house! Really, it's pretty . . . odd and rockin'! Tell them "Congratulations and my friend Jeri's jealous," for me, okay?

Good luck with that car. Sorry :(