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Thursday, November 18, 2010

My House Before it was a Home...

While decluttering my laundry room, I found my first
digital camera.  It is a Kodak EasyShare.
I had to plug it into the computer to charge on a special
docking station.  Over time, the thing quit working...the
docking station that is.

 I decided to see what was in it.
To my surprise, it has an SD card.
I don't know if I even knew it had a card in it
back when I used the camera.
 Now, I have a Targus Media Reader, which means
I can just plug the little thing into my computer
and pop my card into it....I used to use
a cord and plug camera to the computer.
I could HUG whomever invented this little $20 thing.
 Here is our patio....we got the staining and scoring for FREE
because the cement had a crack in it...a cosmetic crack.
The company did this as a disguise, so I could enjoy
my patio and not focus on the CRACK.
It isn't in the picture, but right in the middle of the patio
is an Oklahoma Centennial Coin....it was the year we
built the house as well as our 20th year of marriage.
 Here is the livingroom.
You can see Regan's bedroom.
 Panning to the right, here is our woodstove.
The wall to the right is a chocolate brown and
the wall to the left is a lighter tan.
The window looks out to the patio.
 This is Regan's room.
She has a huge room.
Her room can eventually be a den and/or
large office.
Her angled closet door was David's idea.
He wanted it to reflect her entrance door, which
is also angled.
Great idea sweetie!
 Looking down the hallway.
Regan's room on the left.
Carly and Sydni shared a large room on the right.
The other doors are storage closets.
At the far end, is the powder room.
 Carly and Sydni's room.
Yah, blinders are needed.
After three year, I've come to enjoy this sunshiny
 This is their dressing room.
To the left is the private bath/toilet area.
To the right is a large walk-in closet.
 Here is the powder room at the end of the hallway.
 Walking back into the livingroom, you can see the kitchen.
For whatever reason, I didn't take pictures of the office.
That is the room I am currently renovating.
It was just an empty room, with no closet or built-in
 Now we are looking into the kitchen from the dining area.
You can see the laundry room to the back.
The door goes to the garage.
 Here is our bedroom...technically, our house has two
master bedrooms.
This bedroom is off the dining room.
 Here is our HUGE closet...I mean larger than
my office closet.  I think it is 12 x 12, but not sure.
I am still trying to decide exactly how I want to work this
 When walking out of my bedroom, you look at
the pantry.  In the original plan, this is an extra
closet in our bedroom.  I changed it to a
pantry and am I ever glad I did.  It now
has a red screen door!  It slams....I. Love. It.
 A better look at the hall doors.
All of our bedrooms have doors from our old farmhouse.
Five generations on my husband's side have touched those doors.
I was afraid we weren't going to get them for the new house.
Praise God, we were able to get them.
I happened to go to Mill Creek for something and found
NEW doors with the same pattern as the OLD doors.
Guess what?  They were cheaper than the standard six panel
doors found in most homes.  To say I was tickled would be an
understatement!  I just might have "squeed" a bit.
Here is our entrance.
Regan's room is there to the right.
The old farmhouse did not have an entrance...you would just
walk straight into the livingroom.
Most people entered through the mud porch and the
front door was never used.
One of our "splurges" was for the door....
I wanted LIGHT to enter.
I love art deco, and I think this door reflects that era.
For some odd reason, I didn't take a picture of the outside....
it is just a simple rectangle home.
I had pipe dreams of a HUGE wrap around porch which was
quickly squashed when I found out it added 20% to the cost of the house.
We contracted out to build this house which meant we were the
We did all the flooring ourselves.  My step-dad, Paul, did the
amazing tile work.  He worked so hard at it and I feel I still
haven't thanked him enough.
We also did the painting....All. The. Painting.
I still get a little nauseous when I smell paint.
The average builder cost was around $110/sq. ft.
We built this for $47.50/sq. ft.
It has been 3 years, and I am finally feeling like it is a home.....sigh.....


Farmchick said...

Lovely home, my dear. :)

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The Gaelic Wife said...

What a great tour! But where are the "after" shots? And I just love the colors y'all used.

Tracey said...

Your home is gorgeous! Hey! I'm TLCmom from chat! Blessings!

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