Thursday, October 6, 2016

Finally - a Tour of the Bungalow

It's been a long time coming but I finally put together a tour of the bungalow.  We have to have before pictures, right?!  So here we go.

Sun Room

The sun room is located on the front of the house and has windows on three sides.  It faces the south and is pretty sunny in the early evening.  It used to have an awning over the front windows but we took it down.  It definitely helped with the sun and heat but it blocked the view.  David plans to build a new awning but with more of a minimalist design.  We didn't have any furniture for the sun room so we did purchase the wicker-like love seat, two chairs and the all-weather rug.  He's working on a rocking chair that a customer gave him for the other end of the porch.

 Living Room

The living room was a difficult space to arrange because it had so few walls.  The front wall had a window and front door.  The east wall had a window with an a/c unit in it.  The west wall had a door and the north wall was open to the dining room.  We finally decided on this arrangement which is cozy, comfortable and also creates an entry.
We recently removed the window unit so now the room is more comfortable (it was cold!) and has a nice view.
The room to the right is Ivy's room (our granddaughter - she spends the night every chance she gets).

Ivy's Room

Ivy's room is pretty small and doesn't have a closet.  For the moment, we've had to utilize some under-bed-storage for most of the toys.  The dog kennel is also in her room - at her request! We tried to talk her out of it so she'd have more room to play but she wanted Lucy in there with her.

Her room used to have a door on the wall behind the bed.  The door led to the bathroom.  David closed that up which made it a lot easier to arrange furniture in that room.  

Dining Room

The dining room is actually a pretty large room.  Even after putting our table in there, there was plenty of room.  In the future, we'll be added a doorway which will go to a hallway.  The hallway will provide access to our bedroom and the bathroom.  So we'll add a door and close off a door (to our bedroom).  Right now you have to go through our bedroom to get to the bathroom and we don't like that.
The living room is at the front of the house and the dining room is in the middle.  Straight back is the kitchen.  The doorway on the left goes to our bedroom and the bathroom.  To the right is the family room, office and a door to outside.

Our Bedroom

Our bedroom is on the west side of the house.  When we moved in, it had a window (behind where the headboard is) that led to the utility room (now our grandson's room).  David closed that off.


We only have one bathroom in this house.  It's taken a little getting used to but most of the time it's just the two of us so it's not a big deal.  The bathroom is actually pretty large but we're going to make it smaller!  I know - that sounds crazy!  But we don't want to walk through our bedroom to get to the bathroom so we're going to add a hallway which will lead to our bedroom.  We'll also take some of that space to create another closet.  This house does not have very many closets.  We made a decision that the hallway and additional storage space were more important than a larger bathroom.

Look how close this door is to the cabinet.  Impressive.

This leads to our bedroom and going through our bedroom is the only way in.

Office/Family Room/Side Entry

If you've read my earlier posts, you know that we took one end of the family room and are in the process of creating a small office space.  I am SO happy about this!  It gives me a dedicated space to work and gives definition to the family room.  

After I rearranged the furniture in the living room and family room (actually switched it), I needed a tiny table between the couch and wall in the family room.  The only thing I could find was an upright oval shaped laundry basket that I turned upside down.  It worked okay but wasn't awesome.  So I asked David if he could whip up a small table for me - nothing fancy - just something to use for now.  Here's what he did.  Awesome, huh?!


The kitchen is actually a decent size but it has very little cabinet space or counter space.  I've come up with some tricks to make it more functional and I'll be sharing those in a future post.  In the meantime, it doesn't look especially stylish right now, but we've made it more functional.
Looking into the kitchen from the dining room.  The kitchen is on the back of the house.

Those cabinets on the left are all we have. Fortunately there's a pantry to the right of the stove and David worked his magic to make it much better than before.  I couldn't survive without the pantry.

This shelving unit is a life saver, too.

I love this area!  It's even better now that the window unit is gone.

Calvin's Room

Calvin is our 5-year-old grandson and Ivy's brother and he spends the night quite a bit, too.  Calvin is autistic so we have to keep his room's furnishings to a minimum.  This tiny room is perfect for him and he actually loves it.  It was previously a utility room.  David removed all the "utility stuff", put up drywall and turned it into Calvin's room.  However, his bed takes up half the room and the other half is actually a trap door to the basement.  When David needs to go to the basement, he rolls up the carpet and raises the trap door.  This room also has an exterior door.  We considered removing it but it makes it really convenient to get things in and out of the basement so we left it.  However, it has a deadbolt that locks from the inside so Calvin can't escape.  Because I promise you that he would!  

Laundry Room

I'm very excited to have main floor laundry.  It's been a really long time since I've had that and I love it!  There's a closet next to Calvin's room and we put a stackable washer and dryer there.  It works perfectly.

That's it. 

Our current project is installing the duct work for the furnace and a/c.  Our friend, Reid, came over last night to work with David on a plan. So now that the plan is in place, it's time to get some heat in this house!  And hopefully any cold weather will hold off until it's done.  Just give us two weeks, winter, okay!!!


  1. Loved the house tour! It's looking great, I really love that sun room. It looks like a great place to sit with a good book and read. Hope you get the furnace in soon, it's already pretty chilly at night (we froze at the high school football game last night!).

  2. Thanks, Jean. He's working on the furnace but we're cutting it close! Supposed to be 38 tomorrow night. Need to dig out a couple space heaters.