Next door to my house is my brother’s house. How cute is that…brothers living next door to one another…am I right? We have always joked about living next door to one another, but never seriously thought it would happen. Then it happened. The opportunity presented itself, and we said yes. This is what the houses looked like when we bought it, my brother’s on the right:
The house was abandoned and not lived in for the last 10 years. We were told that the house was recently used in a student horror movie film, it had fake blood splattered all inside it, holes in the floor, broken windows, and a chain collar bolted to wall. Yeah, not decor that I would recommend for entertaining guests.
With the knowledge of my house and the cottage, we knew exactly what to do and how to set it up another notch. The kitchen will not be a galley kitchen, and we are going to utilize the whole left side for the dining, living, and kitchen. No bathroom on the left side of the house. We decided to shove a bathroom on the right side sharing the wall with the master bath. Oh we were so excited about the layout, and it turned out perfectly.
Of course, since it was abandoned for 10 years and in the worst condition, we had to strip it down to the frame to start from scratch. Step 1: re-support the frame, which required removing the sides and the interior walls. Also, the addition in the back of the house was in such poor shape, we decided to rebuild it.
We put back all of the original shiplap. Meticulously sanding each piece of wood, and restoring the house with as much original wood as possible. Here’s a picture of my mom caulking the nail holes of the main wall in the house as I painted the main wall a dark navy blue and whitewashed the other walls.
In the kitchen, custom cabinets were installed. We decided the space was too odd to do an ikea kitchen. The end product is a white kitchen that I’ll showcase in a later post.
We finally got approval to put in new windows. Then painted the outside of the house white. Like white white. And of course, Tom is so happy.
So there you have it. Two main houses, a baby house in the back, and all from scratch. I’ll recap the major renovation projects with a a lot of detail in future posts.