Victorian Farmhouse Adventure

I’m back!!! I can’t believe it’s been so long. And let me tell you, life has changed drastically for the better! We ditched Southern California and moved to Colorado. And loving every minute of it. I’ve been dreaming about this move for a long time and I’m ecstatic that we were finally able to do it. But while we didn’t get the acreage we wanted, we found a huge house that backs up to a green space. So there’s plenty of breathing room. And… it’s a major gut job. On to our next adventure of house renovations!!!

So this house was built in 1906 and, at some point before the 80’s, it was moved to this location from a few miles up the valley. We’ll be looking into it’s original location and maybe someone knows when exactly it was moved. But there have been some good renovations done before we bought it – like electrical, some decent plumbing and a nice new furnace. There’s a lot more that we’re planning and have already started.

Let me start by showing you the floor plan of the house when we purchased it.

The major areas that we’re focusing on are the upper left bathrooms and laundry, opening up the living room and kitchen and refinishing the original heart pine floors. And we’re doing everything all at once! Well, luckily this time we are able to hire a super fabulous contractor to help and I think he’s going to be my new best friend 😉

Here are some photos of how it looked when we bought it…

Yes, that is a stove in the center of the kitchen.

The washer and dryer were in the master bath 4 inches away from the toilet! I’m a crazy multi-tasker, but I didn’t really want to fold laundry while on the pot. 😉 Plus it wasn’t to code. The electric water heater was under the stairs. We’ll be moving that and changing it to a fancy-pants tankless.

Here was the hall powder room. Not bad but you’ll see how I want to rearrange this.

This is the living room. It’s in good condition except for the only entrance into it was a small doorway. That will be opened up nicely.

And here is what we hope to accomplish…

First, we’re moving the laundry into the hall closet. Then we’re making the hall powder into a full bathroom. The master bath will get moved around and we’ll be adding closets. The wall to the living room is blown out and the wall above the kitchen sink will be opened up. The office turns into the dining room and the old dining room will be my daughters’ room. And I’ll be getting a brand new kitchen without a stove in the middle. 😀

We’ve converted the upstairs to a two-bedroom apartment so that we can live in the house. We spent 8 weeks in a hotel prior to this – didn’t really want to keep doing that!

Here are some before shots of the upstairs…

There’s a nice space at the top of the stairs that I turned into a kitchenette. We turned the blue on blue room into our main living area.

This is a small room/closet off the blue room that is currently our cozy master bedroom ;P

Here’s the upstairs bath. I want to move that tub to the new master downstairs and refinish it. I’m crossing my fingers we can get it down the stairs. I had a hard time filling it up the first few times because all I could think of was that scene in the Money Pitt with Tom Hanks. I’m getting a little more comfortable now. But we REALLY would like a shower now! 😉

I started ripping off that wall paper immediately. And we got a new faucet for the sink. This will all be redone in the future but we need to finish the main floor first.

There’s SO much going on right now but I’ll finish this post here. Stay tuned for more updates on the Colorado Victorian Farmhouse reno! Make sure you follow my Instagram too. @katchstudios  Lots to see there also!

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