This post will have to be a two part story, sorry about that, there is just too much information to get it all down at once. It will have to be the upstairs portion and then later the downstairs, which is actually how we did the work, so I guess that seems logical.
By far the biggest project in the house was the hall. I know a hall? Who cares about a hall? It is
strange to put so much energy into it, but the space was at the very center of our home. It was the sole connection to all the bedrooms and the only bathroom.
It isn’t a place that you linger in, rather you pass through on the way to your destination. And, putting so much energy seems wasteful. But is was very necessary, perhaps you will agree when you see what it looked like.
When looking at houses, it is important that there is a good flow. This house almost had that with a few problems. Let me list the pros and cons of the hall:
+ a wide stair way, with proper sized runners
+ no walking through one room to get to another, the additions made sense
-The space had a few funny little turns that were not necessary
-Several different finishes on the wall, in varying degrees of disrepair
-Pull chain lights, / not enough light.
-Low ceiling heights at top of stairs and very limited space
-Dirty beyond belief!
-no community storage, i.e. linen closet etc.
-the ceiling height was too low when walking up and down the stairs, I whacked my head hard a few times!
Speaking of being sad about selling this house, I have to say that I was so excited to move when we left. Just so I could start a new project. With my schooling and internships under my belt I was ready to really put into action what I learned. I am a little more sad now, especially since we don’t have such wonderful character in homes nowadays. I want to buy a hundred year old house again… but a 50’s rancher first! …so a few houses down the road. (end of tangent)