Because we don’t have a camera crew following us or unlimited budgets to make magic happen, and we’re not really related. But Terry has this adorable house listed in the Maplewoods area (hey, neighbor) ((info on zillow as well)) and I think with a few changes to the layout, some new paint and a few opened walls: this house could be your little piece of Home-heaven.
Take a minute to click through the photos so you can familiarize yourself with the BEFORE. I’m going to take you step by step through the key changes I’d love to see in this home, with a few extras just for fun.
This home is close to 2 schools, walking distance to a church (lets be honest in Holland, what home isn’t?), close to a shopping district and only minutes from downtown restaurants and boutique stores. Mature trees, great neighborhood, close to Maplewood youth complex park and ball field and why are we still talking?
When you enter the breezeway connecting the garage and house, you walk into what I would make a multi functional mudroom.
From the other side of the room:
There are heat runs into this room so I think technically this is a 4 season room, that’s a bonus in my book.
If you mentally turn so you’re looking straight at the garage door – I can see something like this to your right, with the side door to your left:
I can see you placing one of these units from IKEA on it’s side to create the divider, fill it with baskets to keep outdoor gear in, the top of the unit becomes a great landing spot for keys and mail and you leave everything behind as you enter the home. On the wall opposite the piano in the photo above you can have a system installed or built like this for coat storage, shoes and misc outdoor gear.
Welcome home. From the mudroom you enter the house and the kitchen.
Swivel around and look at where you came from:
This kitchen will perk right up – I want to see this wall knocked down:
I’d put the fridge next the dishwasher, paint the cabinets and replace the counter top with butcher block.
I love this airy look and the inviting feel of the window:
I’d add an island with a stove and some seating:
And you’d inherit the pantry of a lifetime.
You could keep the desk and storage space next to the Pantry or widen the hallway and lose the desk. I would absolutely open up the walls underneath the stairs and take the closet out. Opens the living space up, makes room for the island and seating and creates a better flow for the main floor. I’d keep the beautiful wood floors in the living room (and newly larger space) but I’d do something in the kitchen, laminate? Tile? Or just sanded and refinished.
This 4 bedroom home becomes a three bedroom home if you knock that wall down and make the living room larger and the main floor open concept. It’s ok, though, I know where you can put your other bedroom (or maybe 2 more) in the basement.
Let’s keep going on the main floor – if you walk down the hall next to the stairs you’ll run into the master bedroom:
But before you walk INTO the master, you can hang a left to the main floor laundry and 2nd bathroom.
Laundry rooms are another language entirely for me. I spend a lot of time doing laundry, folding laundry, yelling about laundry, loathing laundry and ignoring it. But I do it so much better in a beautiful space. A little paint will go a long way.
I’d do something similar to this for the laundry space:
The layout flip flops for 34th St home and instead of glass cabinetry above the sink – there’s a window (bonus). There’s a decent size closet in your laundry room that I’d keep as is and organize to my hearts content. Some white paint, a funky (maybe antique/vintage) sink under the window and some updated flooring with new paint on the walls: Done. You might not do your laundry any faster, but you won’t hate walking over there to check on the growing pile.
The second bathroom is off of the laundry:
And she’s pretty as she is, I love the tile. The color is bright, the vanity even works. Remove the curtain, take the glass door down (I’m allergic to them, emotionally, you understand) and hang a graphic curtain (like this one, or maybe this one, or this could work, as could this one, but let’s not forget about this one.) Instant update.
There is one problem though, this bathroom shares a wall with the master bedroom. It’s almost entirely unaccessible to company as it sits in the current layout now – I would move the door and make this an on-suite to the master bedroom.
From the bedroom:
Again, paint on the walls – updated window coverings. I can see the Master bedroom doing all the talking, I was inspired by this bedroom. Love that pop of green and those side tables.
Have you called Terry yet? Because this is your house, we all know it. I want this to be your house. It’s perfect for you.
In the event that you have not you must be waiting for the upstairs. So let’s go there:
At the top of the stairs there are 2 bedrooms, one to the left and one to the right. When we go right we see …
That green box references this empty space you could turn into built-in drawers for add storage.
There’s a surprise in this bedroom –
This bonus space is so great. It needs to be painted, probably re-drywalled for cleaner walls but let’s just talk about what this room could really be.
First of all, this could be another bedroom. Easy. It could be a playroom, a bunk room, an office, a space that grows with your family, a retreat, even an indoor movie room. If you’re going to dream about it, then let’s dream about it.
The other bedroom upstairs, the 4th bedroom, just needs some paint.
That brings us to the basement:
This is the most underused space in this whole house. Fir those cinder blocks and hang some drywall. (That’s how we finished our basement.) I love those stairs – and there’s some utility underneath them, I would build some bookshelves on either side of the stairs to hide the utilities but I’d disguise a door in one of the bookshelves. Sneaky. I love it so much.
You could make this space by the furnace an office:
And the other side of the basement is equally primed for something awesome. Here you can add egress windows and 2 additional bedrooms. Or one bedroom and a rec room. Or all living space, but it’s all extra.
Don’t get me started on the yard, potential is all there, this home needs a little love (true story) but with a little help, this house is more than a place to hang your coat. She’s a story … I think she’s your story.
(It begs to be mentioned that I’m not an agent, I just work for one. If you’re interested in this house – as it sits, or finished with these changes, we have options for you. Email Terry or give him a call 616-355-3777)