Thursday, January 23, 2014

Photos Of Winlock Property: Full Basement

This property doesn't have any outbuildings so the fact that it has a clean, dry, FULL basement was very attractive. Both my husband and I have hobbies that require a lot of space. The basement has 2 access doors. One is in the mud room and the other is on the side of the building.

The door from the mud room to the basement.

The access to  the attic is right above the landing.

Looking down the stairs. You have to
watch your head at the bottom. Low clearance.
Ah, there's the dryer hose. No matter, I'm putting
laundry area down here, out of the way.

Looking back towards the stairs. Now we'll pan right.

From the outside this would be the front right corner
of the building. Some storage cabinets. Nice.

More workbenches along the wall and a big table.

One of the previous occupants was a saddle maker.
That's what that doo-hickey is for. Been there a long time.
It looks like someone starting finishing that far corner.

This is the door that leads to the side of the house
with the orchard and pasture. We want to put a
covered patio just outside the door. There is hot
and cold running water to the left of the door. I
will eventually put my canning kitchen out on
the patio. I'll also barbecue, make soap, etc. outside.

The back wall of the basement. There's an old woodstove
there. The real estate listing claimed the house had a
fireplace. Yeah, if you count an old, rusty, disconnected
woodstove. The ad also included the basement square
footage in the "finished" square footage of the home.

Photos Of Winlock Property: Half Bathroom

This room is not being used to its full potential. There is plenty of room to put a corner shower in here, which we will eventually do. For now I will look for some kind of armoire to use as a linen closet. That is something the house lacks.

We'll pan around, left to right. The
window is to the right as you enter.

The toilet is to the right of the window.

On the back wall, to the right of the toilet, is the
sink with a little mirror over it. Very sparse in here.

The corner next to the door.

In between the sink and the door is all this room.

Photos Of Winlock Property: Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is good sized. Plenty of room for all our furniture. It has a long closet with built in shelves at both ends. The carpet in this room will be one of the first things to go. Based on what we find underneath we will either sand/paint or re carpet. I am leaning towards the latter for this room. Carpet makes a bedroom extra cozy.
Looking into the bedroom from the hall.
The closet would be to the left as you go
the doorway. The window is to the right.

View from the far corner looking towards the door.
It has a large closet with mirrored doors.

The one sold wall. The bed and nightstands will
go up against here with plenty of room to each side.

The one window. The door to the half bath is open.

Looking at the doors to the half bath and the hall.
The full bath is at the far end of the hall.

The shelves on the right side of closet.

The right side of the closet has this closed off pass through
that would have looked into the living room area. I have no
idea what its purpose was. Something to do with the school.

The shelves on the left side of the closet.
You can see what looks to be a closed off
doorway on the closet back. Not sure what
that light switch is for. I just noticed it.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Photos Of Winlock Property: Main Bath

This room needs some work. The toilet is loose and leaking and there is a gap at the base of the tub surround. The floor coving is fugly. But we should be able to fix it up easily enough.

The window over the toilet. We were
happy to see the ceiling fan...until we
discovered it vents directly into the attic
instead of to the outside. Easy fix.

A little alcove for the sink.

With towel holders. I think that may be
a medicine cabinet over the sink. I didn't
notice that knob before. Will have to look
inside next time I visit.

Looking towards the door from the sink.
The bathtub is to the left. Needs a shower
curtain rod. The bathroom is small
but it's laid out well. Should work great.

Another towel rod behind the door. And
robe hooks on the back of the door.

The tub is filthy and there is a gap
where the tub surround meets the tub.

Photos Of Winlock Property: Vestibule

This is another cool feature of the home. It has an actual vestibule. Complete with interior swinging glass door.

Looking in from the living room.

Looking back into the living room. You
see the archway to the bed & bath areas.
This rear wall of the vestibule is lathe and
plaster. It had been wallpapered and
then the wallpaper was painted over.

All but the back wall is covered in bead
board. Both sides have identical windows
and coat hooks. Visitors will use this
entrance. I need to find a parsons bench
or wicker settee to put in here.

The front door has these panels on both sides.
We have already picked out the new front door
with matching side lights.

The light fixture is dangling.

The same wood floor as the living room.

Photos Of Winlock Property: Sewing Room

I am so happy to be able to have two separate rooms for my hobbies. A loom room and this sewing space. Again, I'll be able to close the door on my crafting chaos. I should have plenty of room in here for a large cutting table, ironing board, shelves of sewing books and most of my cabinet sewing machines. I will probably keep my 3 treadle machines out in the living room where they can double as side tables.
Looking into the living room. I will remove the
clothes rod from the closet and replace it with
shelves for storing fabric. I may decide to carpet
this room as there is a big spot where the wood
floor was patched with plywood.

With the door closed.

The other end of the room. You can see where
the floor was patched. I think this room was
where they kept their dog. The carpeting has
already been removed and the floor is a mess.

Photos Of Winlock Property: Living Room

One feature this home lacks is a dining room. This is fine since we do not entertain much. We don't have a dining room in our current home, either. In both homes the living room is large enough to also hold our dining table.

Looking into the living room from the kitchen.

The right half of the living room. The kitchen is
straight ahead. The vestibule door is located to the
right. The arched doorway, to the left, leads to the
master bedroom and both bathrooms. The corner,
to the right of the kitchen door, is where I plan
to put my dining table. It isn't very big.

The second half of the living room. There is a built
in bookcase next to the door to my sewing room.

This is the corner where the propane stove will go.
We'll be able to vent it out through the wall.

Looking into the sewing room.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Photos Of Winlock Property: Kitchen

The kitchen is in serious need of gutting and redoing but I will have to make do for the time being. The stove is a broken piece of junk and I will be getting myself a used stove temporarily until we remodel the kitchen and I get a propane stove. The lack of storage will not be a problem. I have a nice Ikea "stand alone" cabinet with a butcher block top, a tall microwave cart with shelves and cupboard doors, and some Ikea shelving. Once I get a temporary stove, and perhaps a new refrigerator, I'll be fine for the time being.

When I first viewed the real estate listing for this property, months ago, it only had a few photos of the home's interior. The only photo of the kitchen showed just the sink area (similar to my photo 3). I took one look at that, said "yuck", and wasn't interested in driving all the way to Winlock for a kitchen with no window over the sink. Now if they'd taken the photo from a better angle, like in my photo 2, 4 or 5....I would've been much more intrigued.

Looking in from the mud room. I will be getting a
stove immediately. and I'll move the refrigerator over
to the wall on the right, making a better work triangle.
Eventually the entire kitchen will be gutted and remodeled.

The pocket door, to the right, leads to the living room.
The ugly light fixture will be replaced immediately.

Looking back towards the loom room and mud room
doors. I'll be disconnecting the dishwasher, first thing.
I may use it for storage if the inside isn't too nasty. I
haven't looked inside. I'll need to paint the wood strips
on the edge of the counter. They stick out, don't they?

They put their fridge in front of the window because
it has a built in ice maker/water dispenser and this
was the best way they could hook those up. I don't need
either of those features and will be moving the fridge to
another part of the kitchen. Far away from the windows.

Another view, showing the pocket door.

Hidden behind the fridge are these adorable built
in shelves. Perfect for knick knacks.

There are even a couple of hooks for hanging plants.

The cupboards are in pretty good shape, although I may
need to replace the hardware. The previous owners were
rough on handles and knobs. Many of them are loose
or broken. I will find a way to make it work for now.

The fridge doesn't seem to be too beat up.
If it is operational I'll keep it for the time being.

My beloved pocket door!