I hope you'll induldge me in taking you on a little home tour over the next week or so. I know many of you are like me and love to peek around old houses. I think I'll take it room by room, starting with the outside today. Once we get inside there should be plenty of before and after shots (there was a lot of good old fashioned DIY that took place in those early days).
After writing and intentionally deleting the no less than eight paragraphs that originally accompanied these photos, I realized that I have some bittersweet feelings around leaving this home, this town. And I might have been carrying on just a little too much. Our plan is the perfect plan for us, no doubt about that, it's just that our first purchased home is... well... our first purchased home. It's a pretty special part of our family history. Transitions and change deserve their own recognition, I think it is good to allow for all of the subtle feelings, thoughts and emotions that come up during these times. It also makes me think keeping my words simple and sparse through this "House Tour" is a fine idea.
All of today's shots (and many others you will see in the days to come) were shot with film. The photos in this post were all taken the very day we bought this house, or within those first few days and film was the only way we did it back them.
I loved the cedar shakes, the wide trim, the windows in the breezeway.
People are always surprised by the actual size of our house, From the road it looks like a tiny bungalow, but it is a very deep house. This back addition was added on in the 1930's, so it still maintains the quality workmanship of the earlier building periods.
This is the opposite (south) side of the house. The first door goes to the garage, the second, which is hard to see goes to the basement. It's such a smart design to have the roof covering in this area. You can go from garage to basement easily without worry of the elements. Plus, it makes this very utilitarian side of the house feel like a quaint little nook. To me anyway. ;)
I think it is written somewhere that if you buy a house in New England in October, the moment after you scribble your name on a few important papers at the attorney's office you must dash out the door with your new house keys and head straight to the garden center. Here you will need to purchase pumpkins and mums. Flowers on day one of home ownership are a must. I have no idea about the girl's silly expression... but look at how little she is!
The threshold carry... sweetness.
Next time we'll go inside. You all know I decided to buy the house once I saw the pantry, but it was seeing this front door that made me pick up the phone to call and schedule an appointment to see inside.
Thank you for joining me!